Commissioned by:  The Peter A. Kudla Family Foundation
in collaboration with Redline and The Denver Foundation 
Cynthia Martin, Curator


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Curator's Statment

September 11, 2001 – an historical day, an event so shocking, it brought this entire nation to her knees.

Now, ten years later we are still, and perhaps will always be, on the journey to healing.  Our hearts will never forget the almost 3000 lives lost on September 11, 2001. We will forever remember the husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends, and other loved ones who have lived with the weight of this sudden and horrific loss. Time will not allow us to stand still as it is ever marching forward, and if we allow it, will carry us on our healing journey. As we travel, it is important to pause reflectively ever so often along the way, and commemorate. And so, reflectively and in loving memory, the vision for The Freedom Quilt Experience was conceived.

Quilts have often found themselves in the midst of historical events as a symbol of comfort, a keeper of secrets, a teller of stories and the embodiment of emotions of the artisans who create them.  Every shape and element of The Freedom Quilt Experience is reflective of journey. Our vision is that The Freedom Quilt Experience will continually serve as a backdrop that will inspire discussions that lead to solutions surrounding tolerance, acceptance and of course, healing.

The tragedy encompassing 9/11 also revealed a side of us that can only be exposed through the light of extreme difficulties. The strength and resilience of the human spirit is something that can be stretched, it can be bent, but it can never be broken.  September 11, 2001 is a reminder that there are still people who are willing to risk their lives to save others.  It proved that even with all of our differences, we have the ability to stand together as a nation.  Most of all, it demonstrated to me that freedom is a state-of-mind and not a state-of-condition.

Cynthia Martin
The Freedom Quilt Experience conceptual designer and Curator




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