(Burton, Michigan- - April 28, 2008) Interviews of forty-four artists with quilts in the traveling exhibit Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece have been added to Quilters’ S.O.S. - Save Our Stories
, an oral history project of The Alliance for American Quilts. This is the first time that documentation of quilts in a traveling exhibit and their makers have been included in the project. The interviews were conducted by volunteer Karen Musgrave. “I was looking for a way to support the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative which is so near and dear to my heart and to ensure that the stories behind the quilts were not only shared but preserved for the future,” said Musgrave.
Mary Stori said of the experience, "To be included in such a worthwhile project has been extremely humbling. The process allowed me to reflect on my role as a quilter and how best to encourage others to use their talents to benefit others." Stori’s quilt “Brain Cramps” is part of the exhibit.
In 2007, The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. became the permanent archive for Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories materials. The "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" interviews and materials have been archived there along with the nearly 800 interviews in the project.
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research for Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece
is just one of its efforts. The AAQI has raised and donated more than $157,000 for Alzheimer's research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI and curator of the exhibit. Her mother has Alzheimer's.
Ami Simms (Ami@AlzQuilts.org
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509