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Story Street Quilts


Artists in Schools

Story Street Quilts

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Maria D. Rapicavoli's after school class at Hudson Guild.

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Students began work on a two-day project drawing inspiration from Faith Ringgold’s captivating Street Story quilt.

Faith Ringgold, Street Story, cotton canvas, acrylic paint, ink marker, dyed and printed cotton, and sequins, sewn to a cotton flannel backing, 1985. Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York © 1985 Faith Ringgold

Students were asked to recreate the façades of their own buildings as viewed from the street. 

Each student was provided with different colored pieces of fabric, along with glue and scissors, and encouraged them to unleash their creativity to the fullest extent!

They were particularly captivated by Ringgold’s inspiring use of fabric in her artwork and enjoyed experimenting with cutting and patching different types of fabric.

Some students encountered difficulty in depicting the façade of their buildings and found greater ease in capturing the interior instead. 

Maria's work at Hudson Guild is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.


Noormah Jamal at Children's Workshop School

Directional Coloring

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