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The REDress and Monumental Quilt Projects

REDress and Monumental Quilt Projects

On View: February 14th - April 27th, 2018

Exhibit Reception: April 6, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The REDress Project was started by Metis artist Jamie Black and serves as a reminder of the missing and murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW) and has since then become a community driven movement where people are encouraged to interpret and hang Red Dresses in public spaces.

Two Rivers Gallery hosted a sewing night and call to action during the 2018 Super Bowl to help bring awareness to the broader community. The dresses made during these events are now on display in the gallery along with a section of the Monumental Quilt Project described below. 

The Monumental Quilt is a project by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. FORCE is an artistic and activist collaboration to disrupt the dominant culture of rape and promote a counter culture of consent. These quilts are an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse, where stories are written, stitched and painted onto red fabric and are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. In 2019, thousands of fabric squares will blanket the National Mall spelling “NOT ALONE.”

The idea behind these projects is that they will continue to grow in size, so Red Dress donations will be accepted throughout the duration of the exhibit. 

We will also be hosting several events throughout the month of March leading up to April which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). 

Upcoming Events

Monumental Quilt Project: March 8, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Please join us in safe space to create a quilt square of your own. Your square and voice will join thousands of other survivors and allies to create public space where survivors are honored and supported rather than silenced and shame. 

We will have some materials available, but if you are able to, please bring a red square of fabric that is 4ft x 4ft of your own and any fabric paint or materials that you may have or want to contribute. 

We will also have kits available if you’d rather create a square on your own that you can turn in when you are done. At the end of the exhibit we will ship all squares back to become a part of the larger installation. Please pick up and return kits to Two Rivers Gallery.

REDress Project Sewing Night: March 22, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us in creating Red Dresses in honor of MMIW that will be placed throughout Minneapolis and exhibited in the gallery. 

Please bring the following if you can as we have limited supplies and equipment: sewing machine, red ribbon, thread, fabric, scissors, pins, etc...


Tanya Tagaq Community Event: April 18th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

If you are unable to attend these events you can still contribute by making a donation of the following materials in time for the events:

Red Fabric, Safety Pins, Red Ribbon, Sewing Thread, Laminate Paper, Fabric, Paint, Other Fabric, Dress Patterns

Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 10am - 4pm

Partnerships: Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Walker Art Center 

For more information or questions or iIf you are interested in hosting a REDress exhibit or using our MMIW signs for an event please contact us:

Maggie Thompson cthompson@maicnet.org or Linda Thompson lthompson@miwsac.org

 

 

 

 

 

Past Events for this project


In conjunction with the upcoming Super Bowl and the MMIW: Missing and Murdered Indigenous People's March happening on February 14, we are asking for a CALL TO ACTION from community members.

The Red Dresses from these events along with the Monumental Quilt Project will also go on exhibit at Two Rivers Gallery from February 14th through April 18th.
 

Thursday, february 1st: sewing night: 4:00pm - 8:00pm



Join us in community to sew a red dress in honor of MMIW to hang in a public space and/or to be included in the upcoming demonstration and February 14th MMMIW March and Two Rivers RedDress and Monumental Quilt exhibit.

We have a number of sewing machines and will have materials but ALWAYS feel free to bring your own supplies. 

Sewing Machines

Red Fabric

Rotary Cutters

Thread

Scissors

Pins

Patterns

Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please feel free to bring along a dish to share.

 

Two Rivers Gallery

1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404

 

Friday, february 2nd: call to action: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

 

DAYTIME ACTIONS


If you have a Red Dress we are asking people to go hang them in a public space throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. You are responsible for hanging and collecting dresses. We will have a limited number of dresses that people can pick up from the gallery on Friday from 10am-2pm to hang around the city. But please feel free to hang your own dresses throughout the week. 

We encourage you to post pictures on social media using the following hashtags:

#MMIW #MMIWC #Missingandmurderedindigenouswomen#REDressproject #REDressprojectminneapolis2018 #notalone#nomorestolensisters #bringherhome #jaimeblack #tworiversarts#humantrafficking #trafficking #awareness #superbowl2018

EVENING ACTIONS

We are looking for at least 30 - 60 participants to join us in holding signage spelling out "MISSING MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN" over the Chicago St Bridge going over 94/35W during rush hours traffic to bring awareness to the broader Minneapolis communities and incoming football fans.

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GUIDELINES

This will be a peaceful demonstration as we are asking people to hold their signs in silence. Anyone is also welcome to carry along or wear a Red Dress of their own.

You must carry your own sign and will not be allowed to hang it over or attach it to the railing. If there are more people then signs please feel free to TAG in and TAG out, allowing everyone to rest their arms. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO + VOLUNTEER

Meet at Two Rivers Gallery to help with prep and set up. Plan to be there at 2:15 - 2:30pm. We will be on the south side of the bridge at 3:00pm and ready to start placing people and handing out signs. 

CONTINUE THE MOVEMENT!!!!

If you would like to continue demonstrating after 6pm you will need to sign up and take responsibility for the Red Dresses and signage. 

If you are also interested in using the Red Dresses and signage to organize your own demonstration/event throughout the weekend.

Please contact either Maggie Thompson at: cthompson@maicnet.org or Lonna Hunter at: Lonna.hunter@gmail.com

OTHER CORRESPONDING EVENTS

February 2nd, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bring Her Home Opening Reception
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404

February 14th, 10:00 - 2:00pm
MMIW March
Minneapolis American Indian Center
1530 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55102