Category Archives: What’s the impact?
Stories and testimonies of the social and economic impacts that barn quilt trails are having on rural communities.
Exciting news. Marion Johnson, playwright, is enthused about writing a play about our War of 1812 history. Stay tuned. More information to come. We have interpreted our history through the barn quilts. She is going to interpret the social history of the War and bring it to the stage!
Meanwhile, her most recent work, Great Expectations is being mounted at the Wolf Performance Hall in London, February 2 – 10, 2012.
Great Expectations tells the story of young Pip who longs to be a gentleman, but is destined to become a blacksmith. Through his encounters with various wonderfully eccentric characters – including Magwich, the convict; Miss Havisham, an heiress who was jilted at the altar; Mr Jaggers, lawyer to the criminal classes; and many more – Pip does rise above his station, only to lose everything again.
This caught our eye from David J.A. Douglas: “Rural development …is commonly associated with a rhetoric of protest, pleading, differentiation, and other forms of case making.”
The Quilt Barn Trails provide important economic development in many rural and underserved parts of Ohio. The first Quilt Barn Trail in the United States was started in Adams County, Ohio, in 2001 with support from the OAC. Since then, this ground-breaking community arts project has expanded to 21 Ohio counties and at least 26 other states across the nation and in Canada generating tourism and community pride.
Recognizing the importance of this grass roots arts process to community development, the OAC collaborated with Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in 2008 to publish the Quilt Barn Impact Study: Understanding the Value of the Ohio Quilt Barn Trail. Using a variety of qualitative research methods, the study was able to document the cultural, social and economic contributions quilt barn trails have made in Ohio communities.
Excerpt from: Ohio Arts Council, Biennial Report 2008-2009.
Check out this video from Tennessee. Focusses on a high school class painting the quilts and talks about the economic impact.
May 23 – 28, 2011
This quilt show coincides with the big quilting conference, Quilt Ontario to be held at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario