Elegant Problems and Community Solutions: The Lower Eastern Shore Community Quilt

Dominick Tartaglia ()

In January of 2020, Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither came to the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art to lead a story quilt workshop. By March 2020, the United States, the Eastern Shore, and the Ward Museum were in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. When Dr. Gaither’s exhibit opened and the Lower Eastern Shore Community Quilt was installed, the Eastern Shore had created a work of art from many individual expressions that formed a cohesive whole. This paper will tell the story of the Lower Eastern Shore Community Quilt, the people who created it, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Part of 64-02 Community Building: Barriers and Breakthroughs, Saturday, October 23, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm