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2012 Festival Blog - Creativity and Crisis

“Outing” Our Humanity: A Personal-Professional Reflection on the 2012 “Creativity and Crisis” Folklife Festival


When The Names Project Foundation came to the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage conference room in Spring 2011 toRead More

November 30, 2012   No Comments

Women Making a Difference: The Women’s Collective, pt. 2


The Women’s Collective was founded in 1993 by Patricia Nalls as a safe place for women and girls living withRead More

November 27, 2012   No Comments

Call My Name: The Quilt at the Women’s Collective, D.C.


On March 3, 2012, a team from The NAMES Project Foundation came to The Women’s Collective in Washington, D.C., toRead More

November 6, 2012   1 Comment

Gert McMullin: The Power of The Quilt


Gert McMullin, one of the original volunteers with The AIDS Memorial Quilt, reflects on her experiences during the early stagesRead More

October 3, 2012   5 Comments

A Living Artifact of the Lives Lost in the Fight Against AIDS


The 2012 Folklife Festival was closed on one day due to storm damage. The Smithsonian and Festival teams worked tirelesslyRead More

August 21, 2012   No Comments

Power of the Panel


Mike Smith, co-founder of The NAMES Project Foundation, discusses the inspirational power of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. Through the storyRead More

August 21, 2012   No Comments

Marquetta Bell-Johnson: The Yo-Yo Queen


Known as the “Yo-Yo Queen” for her use of fabric medallions (yo-yos) to decorate quilts, Marquetta Bell-Johnson translates her skillsRead More

August 7, 2012   No Comments

More Quilt Magic


Gert McMullin and Jada Harris of The NAMES Project Foundation share stories of “Quilt Magic,” the serendipity that surrounds TheRead More

July 24, 2012   No Comments

2362 Market Street Stories


She wears a black appliquéd mini panel that reads “Handmaidens of The Quilt,” making it easy to identify which womanRead More

July 16, 2012   No Comments

Best of the Festival Gallery: Photos From Our Visitors


Today we bring you a selection of our very favorite visitor images from the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in ourRead More

July 12, 2012   No Comments