International Quilt


June 2008 (Kursten Pickup)

A new partnership initiated by the International Affairs Office of Baltimore City, the Walters Art Museum and the RYP allowed community artist Kursten Pickup to facilitate a quilting project for 47 refugee youth in 2008. Each student created a two-by-two foot square that depicted stories of “home” and their journeys to the United States. Most were decorated with symbols related to their transition to America, including flags, self-portraits and methods of transportation. In total, six quilts were produced, each representing children from Somalia, Mauritania, Sudan, Congo, Russia, Uzbekistan, Liberia, and Bhutan. The quilts were displayed at the International Family Day at the Walters Art Museum and Baltimore City’s International Festival. One recently found a permanent home at Northeast Middle School’s International Academy.