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Memory and Making: Gee’s Bend Quilts

Age 4 through Grade 2

We are no longer accepting requests for winter/spring field trips.

We will offer a selection of in-person and virtual field trips (using Zoom) for Fall 2024.

Request for fall field trips (September 30 – December 6, 2024) will be accepted from August 1 – November 1, 2024.

Missouri Pettway, "Path through the Woods", 1971, polyester knit, Patrons' Permanent Fund and Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, 2020.28.16

Lesson Summary

Women in the community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, create quilts inspired by the world around them, using materials that hold layers of memory. During this tour in the Called to Create exhibition, students will look closely at the Gee’s Bend quilts, using poetry and artmaking to understand these works of art. On this tour, students will develop their Looking and Learning Skills. They will

  • Observe, describe, compare, and contrast works of art
  • Understand that artists draw on their memories and the world around them as inspiration
  • Discover that artists use found materials and repurpose them to create works of art
  • Make personal connections with the works of art
  • Create “collage quilts” inspired by the works of art and personal memories
  • Feel a sense of belonging in the museum setting

In-Person Tour Information

Number of students: Up to 45 students
Length: 60 minutes 
Meeting Location: East Building Atrium

Important Scheduling Information

Tours must be scheduled at least four weeks in advance. Groups must contain at least 15 students.

Once your tour has been scheduled, you will receive an email confirmation within ten business days.

Title I Bus Stipends

Funding for the cost of bus transportation is available for Title I schools that participate in our docent-led school tours. For more information, please get in touch with Deirdre Palmer at [email protected] or (202) 842-6880, or use the application form.

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