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The Gallery at Main

May and June 2014: Nia Quilt Guild members

In May and June, the Gallery at Main will host quilts created by Nia Quilt Guild members.

The Nia Quilt Guild (a program of the Young Men and Women's African Heritage Association) formed 8 years ago when the Heritage Association received a donation of 100 disaster blankets for the foster children who received services there. Ruth Ward, a master quilter, taught some volunteers how to quilt duvets to cover the blankets and they have been quilting together and teaching others ever since. In Swahili, Nia means "purpose or reason for being" and for many, quilting in the community has become just that.

The Nia Quilt Guild has aspired to create an environment where interested participants of all skill levels can gather together to deepen their knowledge of the quilting art form, its history, and the unique cultural significance associated with the craft. The Guild is a multi-generational program that infuses cultural arts and group interaction with traditional heritage quilting. The objective of the Guild is to help persons of all ages grow through artistic expression while assisting them in creating their own family traditions using fabric.

There will be a Meet the Quilters reception on Sunday, May 25th from 1-3pm in the gallery and adjoining Large Print Room.

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Submission Guidelines

The Gallery at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main accepts proposals from community organizations in Allegheny County who would like to display their members' or program participants' work in the Library. If selected, the work will be displayed for a one- or two-month period in the hallway gallery on the First Floor of the Main Library. For more information, call 412-622-3151 or email