a collaborative series of exhibits and events celebrating the art of the quilt
About the Norwalk Quilt Trail
The Norwalk Quilt Trail has collected quilts from children’s groups, quilting guilds, individuals and collections that illustrate the artistry and industry of its citizens and aims to show the depth and continuing history of our city through the preservation, presentation and creation of Norwalk quilts.
The purpose of the exhibits and programming comprising the Norwalk Quilt Trail is to create awareness and appreciation for a form of Americana that combines elements of art, local history and culture.
From May 13 to November 16, 2011, approximately 100 quilts will be on display at diverse cultural heritage and tourism sites around the City of Norwalk. This is the first major collaboration between the city’s museums and will lay the foundation for sharing resources in future projects.
Complementary programming includes lectures by quilt scholars, community quilting bees, workshops and quilt airings and discovery days during which Norwalk residents can bring their quilts for display and documentation for the national Quilt Index. A major component of the project is a new Norwalk quilt created by people from throughout the community under the direction of Peace by Piece, Norwalk’s intergenerational quilt mentoring program, and intended for display at the Norwalk Library.
Quilt Trail Participants Include:
- Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (1868)
- Norwalk Children’s Foundation – Peace by Piece
- Norwalk City Hall – AIDS Memorial Quilt — The Triangle Community Center
- Norwalk Historical Society – Historic Town House (1835)
- Norwalk Museum – Old Norwalk City Hall (1912)
- Norwalk Seaport Association – Sheffield Island Lighthouse (1868)
- Rowayton Historical Society – Pinkney House (c. 1820)
- Stepping Stones Museum for Children (2000)
Special Quilt Trail Events Include:
- Opening and Closing Receptions
- Quilt Airings
- Quilting Bees
- Talks/Curator’s Tours
Special Thanks to Our Funders and Sponsors
The Norwalk Quilt Trail committee wishes to recognize the generosity of the following organizations and individuals:
- The Coby Foundation
- The Connecticut Humanities Council
- The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism
- Norwalk Arts Commission
- Peace by Piece – The Norwalk Community Quilt Project
- Norwalk Children’s Foundation
- Gail Wall
- Paul J. & Alexandra Macaluso, Sr.
- Connecticut Cottage & Gardens
- The Hour