Real Communities: Threads That Bind
Threads that Bind
Launched in February, the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage opened its "Season of Quilts" exhibit for three months spanning over two venues. Four exhibits used the art of quilting to tell inspiring stories of inclusion and create a world that works for everyone.
Threads that Bind opened on February 16 and displayed original quilts created by the Wiregrass Quilter's Guild. The quilts depicted personal life stories of individuals who had to overcome a challenge to live a meaningful life, such as Ronald Goodman of Fitzgerald.
Goodman has a spinal cord injury, and found respite through creating wildlife paintings.
On March 1, Story Quilts by global artist Beth Mount opened to express the "universal desire of people in all cultures to help one another." Story Quilts was complemented by a storytelling session by local attorneys and preachers, along with the opportunity to tell personal stories with National Public Radio's StoryCorps. Tom Kohler, who co-authored Waddie Welcome and the Beloved Community presented the story of the late Waddie Welcome, a man with severe disabilities whose powerful life story rose above divisions of disability, race and income, advocating inclusion and creating new possibilities in an entire community.