What an uninformed piece written about the International Quilt Study Center in Nebraska and about quilters/quilting in general. The author of this piece obviously did not do any research on the subject before writing it I am sure. First off, humanity grants are give to all sorts of art museums and this is no different. If grants are given to promote the arts, quilts and quilt museums are justified in getting a small piece of that pie too. Second point I disagree with greatly is the median age of quilters that the writer presumes to be only elderly women. Quilters span a wide range of ages and genders. For example, just Google "Men Quilters" to find many professionals in the quilting industry that are male. Granted some quilts are still made for beds but even they are more works of art than utilitarian even if they are meant for the bed. Again Google "Art Quilts" to see wonderful examples of beautiful works of art that are essentially fabric. Paintings are not just a gallon of paint anymore than quilts are just fabric. I am disappointed in the Times Free Press in that this article was published without a authors name attached to it but perhaps they too knew it was a lot of drivel.