Cultural Capital: The Monument Quilt

Join us on the National Mall for the opening ceremony of the Monument Quilt display.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts partners with FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture for the opening night of the Monument Quilt project on the National Mall. The project presents more than 3,000 stories of survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their allies. Written, painted, and stitched onto red fabric, the stories blanket highly public, outdoor places to create and demand a space to heal and to resist a singular narrative about sexual violence. After five years of organizing, and 49 displays in 33 cities across the U.S. and Mexico, the culminating quilt will be displayed on the Mall from May 31 to June 2, 2019. This will be the only time that the quilt will be viewed in its entirety.

The opening night event will feature the presentations “Honoring the Land,” “Libations to Honor Ancestors,” and “Reflecting on the Founding of the Monument Quilt,” and culminate in a collective reading of excerpts from Jadelynn Stahl’s Choreographies of Disclosure: What the Mind Forgets. Led by members of the LGBTQIA+ community, including Baltimore-based queer artists filmmaker Kalima Young and playwright Kate Bishop, this reading will imagine a world without sexual assault.


Free. Reservations not required. 


This program takes place on the National Mall, between 12th and 14th Streets, in D.C.

This Cultural Capital program is presented by the museum’s Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative in partnership with FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture.

National Museum of Women in the Arts