Monday, July 11, 2011

Join the Project Planning Team!

Dear Friend of North Lawndale:

You are invited to participate in the North Lawndale African American Heritage Quilting Project as a member of the project planning team.  If you have quilting experience, this would entail providing technical assistance in the development of workshops on quilting techniques and the heritage of North Lawndale.  If you don’t have quilting experience, this would entail assisting with overall project coordination and planning, community outreach and marketing and logistics planning.

The North Lawndale African American Heritage Quilting Project will engage North Lawndale residents in the research of the history and culture of African American residents and express their findings in a community quilt. Subject matter can include family trees, family traditions, poems, stories, famous quotes, neighborhood traditions, church  or organization traditions, famous people from North Lawndale, North Lawndale icons, the relationship between  African American and Jewish experiences in North Lawndale; the Civil Rights Movement; the  African influence in Mexico; the Migration of African Americans from the South, etc.  We will involve residents, block clubs, schools, senior buildings, churches and nonprofit organizations in the project. The number of quilts we produce is dependent on the number of people we get to participate in the project.  Lead organizations include the Better Boys Foundation (BBF), Historic K-Town (prospect), Lawndale Historic and Cultural Society and the Urban Art Retreat.  We are fortunate to have connected with local professional quilt artists and visual artists from the West Side and Quilters from the the Fernwood United Methodist Church, and Oakdale Church to lend their expertise as well.

Our first work group meeting will be on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 6:00, at the Better Boys Foundation (BBF) on the corner of 15th Street and Pulaski in Chicago.  We will discuss project structure and division of labor moving forward. I have attached a copy of the project structure for your convenience.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at or  773-521-3137.  We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Valerie F. Leonard
Project Manager

Participation Letter-Project Planning Team

North Lawndale Quilting Project Structure

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