Image: Modern photograph of an older Black woman standing on a driveway outside a garage holding up a quilt designed with red borders and collaged patchwork elements.

“A Little of This, a Little of That”: A Legacy of Quilting and Activism with NedRa Bonds

Saturday, June 8 - 1 p.m. Auditorium and Online

Long before World War I, generations of crafters had been creating for a greater purpose: be it recording their stories in time, supporting the betterment of their communities, or mobilizing for a larger cause. That legacy persisted through the early 20th century with wartime souvenir tchotchkes, ersatz clothing and Red Cross knitting circles, and continues today with artists like acclaimed quilter and social justice activist NedRa Bonds.

A retired teacher from Kansas City, Kansas, Bonds has made over 100 quilts – most famously the Quindaro Quilt, detailing the neighborhood’s role in the National Underground Railroad System of Historic Trails. Her work, including mixed media fiber dolls, reflects on issues of human rights, race, women, politics, the environment and her own personal health challenges. Join us for a joint presentation and meeting of the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group exploring Bonds’s incredible portfolio. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a complimentary handcraft activity facilitated by Bonds, and are welcome to stay after the presentation for the rest of the meeting.

Hosted in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Black History Study Group and in conjunction with the quarterly program series "Makers Social."

Free with RSVP | Auditorium and Online


Event graphics adapted from "NedRa Bonds 2017" photographed by Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick, used under CC BY-SA 4.0. Event graphics are licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 by the National WWI Museum and Memorial.