As this year closes we are thankful for all the opportunities that we have had and for your gifts which made it all possible. With Her Excellency, Governor General Michaël Jean as patron, 2010 began with a 3-month exhibition of the Quilt at the Surrey Art Gallery as part of the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Olympics and Para-Olympic Games in BC. The City of Montreal hosted the Quilt in the spring at Maison de la culture Frontenac. Enthusiastic visitors came from across Quebec, and from as far away as the UK! The Quilt was then the centerpiece for the 20,000 keen delegates of the International Rotary Symposium at the Palais des Congrès in mid-June.
It was an honour to be featured at the G20 Summit in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Many there commented that this artwork made visible the dreams that the summit leaders were striving to achieve. A photo of the Quilt at the G20 photo was chosen as one of the “best photos in the world for the day June 27” by Gulf News and was featured on Forbes.com.
This fall saw the launch the sixth school textbook featuring the Quilt, this one produced in New Zealand. A first and unique gift to us was the release of a beautiful song entitled Quilt of Belonging by Cathy Miller in which she movingly captures the ideas and hopes of this project.
Now, as the Quilt rests and I write, snow falls softly outside and Christmas lights twinkle. It is a portrait of a world at peace, a world of harmony. But underlying this picture is a world where conflict, economic hardship, hunger, and prejudice are also realities and the messages of the Quilt are needed more than ever. We share the words of some of the visitors to the Quilt.
“Thanks be to God for the Vision…Perhaps one day the world will be as harmonious as your wonderful “Quilt of Belonging” Kim Carlson“If there is this much beauty and harmony in our world, why do we create such disharmony? This quilt gives me hope.” Lima Branch
“Phenomenal work of art! I am Métis and appreciate the meaning of this tapestry..May all the countries and First Nations and aboriginal peoples work and live in joy together.” Joseph Shannon
“Rarely does such an awesome work of art come with such an important, moving and inclusive message to all mankind.”
“This is truly a work of art that touches the hearts and souls of all who see it as it helps us understand that the thread of life that binds us all together is the same throughout the world.”
Quilt of Belonging exists to change the hearts of mankind, to rekindle hope and to keep a vision of a world truly at peace in sight. We can make a difference, one heart at a time, one action at a time. Your gifts allowed the “impossible dream “ of making a tapestry showing all of humanity in one beautiful piece a reality and now, by working together, one piece at a time, we can help make the “impossible dream “ of a world living in harmony a reality.
- On-line: Click on the donate symbol on our website www.quiltofbelonging.ca
- By mail: Send a cheque to Quilt of Belonging, Box 100, Williamstown, ON K0C 2J0
Thank you for your continued interest and support. It makes all the difference!
Perhaps these comments by international visitors say it best:
“Thank you—all of you—for your labour of love shown in this amazing quilt. You have shown the world that we can all manage on this wonderful planet…in a way that only the family of the world can be threaded together.”
“May the Quilt blanket the world in peace.”