Since there is NO byline or "writer" identified for this very ILL-INFORMED and ERRONEOUS article ... Mr. Drew Johnson, (Editor of this newspaper" must be the contact, for allowing such a sad piece of "journalism" to ever be published ...
Mr. Drew Johnson, Editor:
Obviously you've heard from many, many quilters, quilt collectors, quilt historians, art collectors and craft enthusiasts by now ...
It's truly laughable that this writer can be so seriously concerned about $80,000 for funding of this Quilt museum. $80,000 compared to the many MILLIONS of dollars wasted and misspent by our States and FEDERAL government EVERY SINGLE DAY.
I'm a whole lot more concerned about the fraud, the true waste, the lining of hands and the continual handouts to the permanently UNMOTIVATED residents in our Country, from our Federal "coffers".
While the writer obviously has NO appreciation for actual history, the textile arts, women's history or that of the Midwest and Western migration of settlers in the 1800's ... certainly many, many thousands, millions of the REST OF US who enjoy quilts and quilting DO.
While quilting for pure NECESSITY has become "irrelevant" in today's world, the practice, the art and admiration of quilting is VERY MUCH ALIVE AND WELL - here not only in the US but ALL around the WORLD. Quilters do not make quilts today for utility purposes, but for expressions of self, for art, for love and caring for family, friends and those less fortunate. Much as many women did 100-150 years ago !!
Quilting TODAY has exceeded 4 BILLION $$$$$$ as an INDUSTRY ... it sure isn't just little ol' Granny's hobby anymore !! Hundreds of quilt shows, exhibits, markets, thousands of local quilt shops and YES ... MUSEUMS draw MILLIONS of quilters and enthusiasts every year. Can the support be improved for local and national museums ?? Yes, it can - and this is something that the quilting industry and its key leaders need to work toward !
A QUILT museum is JUST AS WORTHY of public funding and support as any ART museum, HISTORICAL museum, or ANY museum or collection devoted to a cultural period or region in our Country's history.