The Newport Art Museum will hold a free Community Day on June 4

On Saturday, June 4, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Newport Art Museum will host a free community day titled “Quilting Generations Together,” with special programming from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Special programming will celebrate family in all its forms through collaborative artistic creation and storytelling. A giant quilt project, collaborative weaving, workshops, storytelling and more will be available for all ages and skill levels, providing an opportunity to reflect on family stories and commemorate an event, a person or an important place with fabrics and trimmings. The event is inspired by the Museum’s exhibit “Velvet & Silk: The Palmer Family Quilts,” which opens Saturday, May 28. Free admission to the Museum will be available all day on June 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with workshops from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. More information and registration is available at This event was made possible by a grant from the John Clarke Trust, Bank of America, NA, Co-Trustee.

Visitors are invited to learn new and old textile techniques, cut fabrics and design works of art, and share knowledge and stories, literally and figuratively weaving our experiences together. A visual celebration, community scrapbook quilt and wish weave will be on display in the Museum Gallery and continually added throughout the summer.

The Museum will partner with a number of community organizations and artists to produce opportunities and demonstrations of artistic creation and storytelling throughout the day.

Sankofa Community Connection will be joined by local quilt maker Veronica Mays to provide advice, design suggestions and guidance to visitors as they sew, glue or draw a pattern on their own quilt squares. The individual squares, which may commemorate a person or an event, will be stitched together to form a collaborative Quilt Album. All materials are provided and all ages and abilities are welcome.

Visitors are encouraged to reflect on the community and write their wishes for the future on decorative fabric strips. The strips will be woven with the help of artists and weavers from Looking Upwards Art Hubs, and the final piece will be displayed in the gallery.

A number of artist demonstrations, including basic hand embroidery stitches to decorate quilt squares and how to dye fabrics with natural dye, will take place in the galleries and on the grounds of the Museum.

Visitors are invited to share their personal story of a textile object of personal significance during an open-mic storytelling session with Raffini of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers.

Walk-in mini-tours of “Velvet & Silk: The Palmer Family Quilts” will serve as inspiration.

More information and registration is available at

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