Teacher Workshop: Beneath Quilts—Uncovering American History and Culture

Check out NMWA’s winter teacher professional development opportunity.

Explore Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts through gallery discussions, writing, and hands-on activities.

Learn how to illuminate American history and culture for your students through an examination of the ideas and hands behind quilting. 

Receive related materials and strategies for classroom use.


Over time, quilts have been revered as nostalgic emblems of the past, dismissed as women’s work, and hailed as examples of American ingenuity. This exhibition breaks new ground by examining quilts through the lens of contemporary feminist theory. Revealing this medium’s shifting cultural status, the exhibition explores issues of anonymity versus authorship and fine art versus craft. The display showcases 35 18th–20th-century quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned decorative arts collection.


Required. The teacher workshop is free for educators. Teachers of all subjects and grades are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

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National Museum of Women in the Arts