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ABOUT US

The Hope Quilt is a memorial to commemorate frontline workers who have faced extraordinary challenges during COVID-19 and to honor others who have been affected by or lost to the pandemic.  Worldwide, people have contributed to this community art project, telling their stories through art and remembering their sacrifices.

 

TOGETHER, WE WILL HEAL

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MISSION

 

To help people across the U.S. and beyond commemorate frontline workers who have faced extraordinary challenges during COVID-19 and to honor others who have been affected by or lost to the pandemic. 

VISION

To inspire healing, unity, and remembrance during this extraordinary time in history.

 

VALUES

We value the healing power of art.  We recognize the power of recording this challenging moment in world history and of bringing hope and healing to communities.

 

 

STORY

For more than two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed an unprecedented international crisis. We launched the COVID-19 Hope Quilt as a grassroots community art project to help people express their feelings about this time, often a mixture of grief, uncertainty, gratitude, and hope. 

For hundreds of years, quilts have been part of the fabric of America. Mourning quilts were used to wrap infants and adults who died. Valor quilts honor veterans. Quilts provide comfort, remembrance, and a way to pass down history.  The panel blocks and quilts created for this project will help record and tell the stories of those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, not only for our time, but for future generations.

The idea for the COVID-19 HOPE Quilt came about during a conversation between Phyllis Liedtke, a feisty 96-year old in a Florida retirement home, and her daughter, artist Diane Canney. "For my birthday," said Phyllis, "I want you to do something about the pandemic." Phyllis made the very first HOPE Quilt panel block, which is now proudly displayed in our traveling quilt collection and our online gallery.  She invites you to join her in this worthy and memorable art project.

 

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GOALS

  • Create an easy, affordable vehicle for people to express their feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic.  

  • Encourage people of all ages, artistic abilities, and walks of life to join in the project. 

  • Enable people to tell the stories of those they are honoring or memorializing and keep a record of this extraordinary time in history.  

  • Create beautiful, historic works of art in both an online gallery and a multi-year traveling quilt collection.