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The Bahama Village Quilt with William Rhodes

quilt young black man on brown background holding All Power to the People paper black folk portraits on border

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Current and former Bahama Village residents, in particular our African American elders, are invited to join William Rhodes in an embroidered quilt capturing the history and culture of this neighborhood at the center of Key West’s identity. Participants will share food, stories, images and their own handiwork, contributing elements to a quilt that will be finished by the artist and featured in his April exhibition, before returning to the community.

In partnership with Bahama Village Music Program and Black Educators Memorial Project

Supported by Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and Florida Keys Council of the Arts

photo Willam Rhodes with hat in front of quilt sections of portraitsSan Francisco sculptor and fiber artist William Rhodes has worked with Black communities facing gentrification to preserve their legacies and culture through colorful, collaborative quilts. This October, he visits Key West to lead the making of two quilts, in advance of his April exhibition at The Studios.

photo: Michelle Kilfeather

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