Quilting Differences is a community building program that provides the space to bridge cultural gaps among individuals of diverse groups through a process of collective art creation. Art that can be displayed publicly adding to the cultural richness and opening new discussions of diversity and unity in the communities and/or organizations where the program is deployed. Hundreds of Quilting Difference sessions have been conducted with national and international groups, through unique initiatives; some of these initiatives blend technology with art to create a forum for thoughtful discussion.
Bill Means, Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion of Queens University of Charlotte. say “I had been looking for an opportunity to provide an engaging cross cultural experience for our student leaders at Queens. Luckily, I had the opportunity to meet Edwin Gil and learn about his Quilting Difference project. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to engage and learn about each other through art. Instead of a lecture, the students connected with each other, had the opportunity to reflect on what diversity meant to them through multimedia dimensions and produce an enduring art piece for Queens.”
Quilting Differences was originally submitted to Crossroads Charlotte to be considered as an Achieving Community Today project. Gil’s art venture got funded after hundreds of fans voted on the foundation’s Facebook page. Furthermore, the installation was exhibited at the 2012 Charlotte Film Festival.
Quilting Differences is a multicultural art initiative by artist Edwin Gil in which different races, colors and creeds are connected through social media. The art piece you see here Gil’s visual interpretation of interviews conducted via Skype with people from China, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Jordan, Kuwait, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States.
Participants were asked to share one childhood memory specific to their culture, a brief bio and a favorite color in order to create the “quilt” pieces represented in this artwork. Artist Edwin Gil says Quilting Differences is indicative of how cultures around the world can instantly be connected through the power of social media and demonstrates how we are all interconnected. He goes on to say how interesting it is to see the similarities and importance that people place on a strong support network of family, friends and community.
Please enjoy this art project that promotes unity among cultures, while also giving us an inside look at how people’s childhood memories can make a lasting impression on how they view the world. Through art we can build social capital, bridge cultural gaps and empower communities.
Quilting Differences is a project that blends technology with art to create a forum for thoughtful discussion.
This project blends technology with art to create a forum for thoughtful discussion.
This art ensemble empowers immigrant communities by giving them an opportunity to express their understanding of their cultural duality (about race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, economy, etc.) and interpreting how they may reshape their homeland from abroad through painting, shapes and color. In addition, this art display hopes to illustrate their dynamic integration and contributions as active members of the American society.
Selected participants are exposed to the same prompts to then express their understanding using an online portal. These impressions are combined in one large quilt of artwork and displayed publicly for the purpose of opening new discussions about diversity and building Social Capital.
This art exhibit promotes unity among cultures while also providing an inside look at how people’s childhood memories can make a lasting impression on how they view the world. Through art we can build Social Capital, bridge cultural gaps and empower societies.
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