Quilt of Belonging educational program launched in British Columbia!

Joanne High

Quilt of Belonging is now on exhibit at the Surrey Art Gallery as part of the Cultural Olympiad for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. The exhibition opened on January 23 and the Quilt will remain at the gallery until April 4 in order to include the Paralympics.

Quilt of Belonging in conjunction with the Surrey Art Gallery is being utilized as a teaching resource for elementary school teachers in BC. The educational program developed by the Surrey Arts Centre has already proven to be of great interest to school boards in the area. Workshops are fully booked and an online version of the Teachers Guide is available on the Surrey Art Centre website .

The Quilt is being used as a touchstone for discussion related to themes and concepts addressed in a variety of curriculum areas. These areas include: the Visual Arts and Social Studies with activities and exercises that are applicable to grades from one through seven. Students will be involved in creating their own Canadian quilt block, participate in creating images that depict aspects of their personal cultural heritage, work collaboratively to develop a class portrait quilt as well as a number of other activities.

A large audience is anticipated at the Surrey Art Gallery while the Quilt is on display as part of the Cultural Olympiad. What an honour it is for Quilt of Belonging to be invited to participate in the Olympic celebrations.