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Monument Quilt To Blanket National Mall

Country’s Largest Tribute To Survivors Of Sexual, Intimate Partner Violence

5/24/2019, 6 a.m.
For the first time ever, The Monument Quilt, a public art project made by and for survivors of sexual and ...
In what will be the largest tribute to sexual violence survivors in U.S. history, The Monument Quilt will blanket the National Mall from May 31- June 2. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend. Pieced together of more than 3,000 stories woven onto 4’ x4’ quilt squares, the Monument Quilt honors and centers the stories too often left out of public conversations of sexual assault and domestic violence. Every attendee and every person affected by sexual and intimate partner violence will see, hear and feel the messages: You are not alone. We believe you. You did not deserve it. Courtesy Photo

— Since the project began in 2013, individuals, collectives and groups around the country have contributed their personal pieces to the project. Each of the 3,000 quilts is a handmade work of art. The Quilt’s growing collection of stories has been displayed 49 times in 33 cities across the U.S. and in Mexico.

A three-day display of The Monument Quilt will bring survivors’ stories and demands to the national stage to be heard and honored.

A three-day display of The Monument Quilt will bring survivors’ stories and demands to the national stage to be heard and honored.

FORCE created a digital library cataloguing each square by number, which will be accessible at www.themonumentquilt.org/view, so people can track their artwork.

After the exhibition on the Mall, individual squares of the Monument Quilt will be distributed to libraries, school, cultural institutions and anti-violence organizations to be housed in permanent collections and displays, as a living archive of the project.

The Monument Quilt is the project of non-profit organization FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, a national art and activist collective based in Baltimore. With a network of hundreds of dedicated volunteers from around the country and a small core staff collective, FORCE creates large scale public art actions to change the conversation around sexual and intimate partner violence in this country to a more difficult and honest one, demanding we all consider what it would take to create a world without rape.

Learn more at www.UpsettingRapeCulture.com and www.TheMonumentQuilt.org