Winter HeARTh Event March 10
Evanston community members are invited to create their own embroidered or painted quilt squares at two upcoming open house events as part of the 2018 Winter HeARTh community art project, “unCovered.”
Winter HeARTh is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Evanston Arts Council that seeks to bring together the residents of Evanston during the cold, isolating winter months to collectively make an art project. Participants in the 2018 project will be prompted to consider what it means to be "covered/uncovered" by their community. They will be able to respond both positively and negatively, and then embroider or paint their answers on the squares.
The squares will be assembled into collectively made quilted pieces that will become garments for empowerment, celebrating the community’s strengths while honoring its weaknesses. The quilt or garment will be worn at a future community empowerment event, followed by installation on site.
The first “unCovered,” workday is Sunday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. The second workday is Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Reba Place Church, 620 Madison St. No experience is needed. Participants can drop by one or both events to learn embroidery basics, paint patterns, and participate in the discussion.
Jason Brown initiated Winter HeARTh and has produced the inherently collaborative events since 2014. This year’s key collaborator is Melissa Blount, a licensed clinical psychologist and artist who utilizes her background in psychology and the medium of quilting to create quilts that explore the notions of trauma, white supremacy and bearing witness to the unjust violent loss of life in communities of color.
“UnCovered” was inspired by Blount’s Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt project, which memorializes women and girls who were murdered by their abusers. On January 31, 2018, Blount held a quilt-making session at Northwestern University’s Segal Visitors Center, where well over 100 people in attendance engaged in conversation and stitched patches for a new quilt. Many patches were embroidered with the words, “Say Her Name,” to commemorate the lives of women lost to violence.
For more information, please visit geocommunetrics.com/winter-hearth/ or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, you may dial 311 directly while in Evanston.