CRETE | The Crete Public Library’s Mastering the Arts, for children 5 to 8 years old, is a beginning art experience exposing children to basic concepts and skills through the Picturing America program.
Picturing America was created by the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring American art into schools and libraries. During a recent Mastering the Arts program children learned all about quilts. Using large quilt pictures the children identified patterns, such as ladders and wheels, in a quilt made by Susan Noakes McCord, an Indiana farm wife who lived during the mid-1800s.
Librarian Judy Richert read the book "ShowWay" by Jacqueline Woodson that told of a young girl who was a plantation slave. She made a quilt that was passed down through several generations. From slavery to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches and the fight for literacy, this tradition in Woodson’s family was called Show Way — a way to remember the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future.
The Crete Public Library recently held a Mastering the Arts program with quilts as the theme. Pictured are Talya Polyak,left, and Taylor Magyar working on a quilt pattern. This beginning art experience exposes children to basic concepts and skills through the Picturing America program.
The world of quilts was the theme for the April Mastering the Arts program at the Crete Public Library. The children learned a brief history of quilts including who made quilts, the different patterns and how quilt designs showed slaves the way to freedom. Pictured are the attendees holding library books on quilts.