COMMUNITY ART PROJECTS
It's about understanding and telling the story.
North Carolina Museum of History What comes to mind when you hear the words family, home, and memory? What special memories live in your family home? How does your childhood home live in your memory? Where are family memories kept when the family home is no longer there?
Community participants were invited to explore the idea of the home as the keeper of family memory with Keisha Roberts, a featured artist of the Fifth Annual African American Cultural Celebration at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Community art participants drew whatever the project questions inspired them to creat onto the cotton fabric Keisha painted. Then Keisha and several participants sewed together and quilted their drawn squares into a finished quilt. The quilt is in the Museum's education collection and is on display in the Education Wing.
stitching sweet memories
North Carolina Museum of Art FAAAA The Friends of African and African American Art (FAAAA) at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Fayetteville Museum of Art and Fayetteville State University and the Women's Center of Fayetteville joined with artist Keisha Roberts to create a work of art commemorating the life and contributions of Janet Lamkin.
This project, initiated by the FAAAA, celebrates the life of Janet Lampkin, a member of the executive committee of Friends who passed away in November of 2004. The completed work Stitching Sweet Memories is on permanent display at the Women's Center of Fayetteville.
Inspired by the Museum's Egungun Costume that affirms the presence and power of ancestors in Yoruba celebratory dance, Keisha led participants in weaving memories and memorabilia into a work of art given to the Women's Center. Women of Cumberland and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a series of three roundtables, relating to recollections surrounding womanhood. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in this project to remember and celebrate Janet Lamkin and the many women who have touched our lives.