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The 911 Peace Story Quilt

The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with the InterRelations Collaborative, Inc.

The quilt was commissioned by InterRelations Collaborative Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding through art among the increasingly diverse student populations in New York City and the tri-state area.

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September 11, 2011, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, and the Museum's work to foster peace across cultures, oral historian Liza Zapol gathered stories, interviews, and images from museum visitors, speakers, and two of the student artists who helped to create The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt. The quilt, the museum, and the members of the New York City community, locate transformative powers in human art and creativity.

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt

August 30, 2011–January 22, 2012

Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt was designed by Faith Ringgold and constructed in collaboration with New York City students ages eight through nineteen. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three panels, each with twelve squares on the theme of peace, the quilt is displayed alongside several original works of art that inspired its content.

Faith Ringgold is well known for her story quilts: art that combines painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Her work has been exhibited in major museums around the world and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. In addition to writing and illustrating eleven children's books, she has been the recipient of more than seventy-five awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and seventeen honorary doctorates.