Kuumba Quilters was founded in February 2020 by Ohio artists Monica Scott and Renee Wormack-Keels to help not only preserve and promote the art of quilting and culture in the African American community, but to also serve as a support system for African American artists. However, COVID-19 hit Ohio just as meetings were supposed to begin, but the group pressed on, meeting virtually and gaining members from all across America. This exhibition features new fiber artworks created by current Kuumba Quilters members, that incorporate text and art quilts with unconventional themes and images.
This group, named for “Kuumba” the sixth principle of Kwanzaa that celebrates creativity as a way to build and preserve a strong and vibrant community, and includes members from all across America and still continues to evolve and grow. Its members are a true hybrid of new and experienced artists, men and women, and those that have exhibited all over the country and other who have yet to exhibit.
The Kuumba Quilters had their first group exhibit at KHAC in 2021.
Curated by Carole Gary Staples, member artist
Image: (from 2021 show) Creative Chaos by Stefanie Rivers, Mixed Media/Quilt
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