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AACC Women's Institute Offers Spring Film Series

Feb. 21, 2012

      Mark your calendar for the Anne Arundel Community College Women’s Institute free spring film series featuring three of the nine episodes from the documentary “Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, and Politics.”

      See the 30-minute episodes in March and April on the Arnold campus at 101 College Parkway. The films are “Quilts Bring History Alive,” “Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time” and “What is Art?”. The series was independently produced and financed by the nonprofit Kentucky Quilt Project Inc. and began airing on Public Broadcasting System stations in fall 2011. AACC’s Truxal Library purchased the documentary for use in the classroom and college events such as the March celebration of Women’s History Month.

      The episode “Quilts Bring History Alive” explores the quilt as documentation of personal and family histories. See how American women wove political views, social commentary, messages and more into handmade quilts.

      “Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time” examines the uniqueness of the quilt as an object in the social fabric of the history of women. Curators, quilt makers and scholars ponder the material and cultural nature of quilting and how it communicates intimate personal memories and societal truths.

      The third episode, “What is Art?” examines the art vs. craft debate involving quilts. The film compares what happens when quilts made as everyday domestic objects are exhibited on museum walls vs. those made specifically as art quilts.

      Show times are:

  • March 26 – 11 a.m. “Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time,” Humanities Building Room 125;
  • April 18 – 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. “Quilts Bring History Alive,” “Empowering Women One Quilt at a Time” followed by “What is Art?” Humanities Building Room 112

      For film series information contact Jim Finnegan, Ph.D., AACC associate professor of English and Women’s Institute events coordinator, at 410-777-1970 or or visit