May 5th  – August 29th, 2021

Tuesdays – Saturdays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

@ The Beach Institute African-American Cultural Center

502 E Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401 (912) 335-8868


Getting Ready for the Show

“Everybody can’t be fine arts
artists, but they can learn the art of good taste, the art of improving their appearances and surroundings
whether at home, school, church, community, resulting in a more lasting happiness, beauty and a better
world.” -Virginia Kiah, portrait artist

Inspired by this quote, local quilter Ms. Tina Hicks has brought together the quilts and quilt stories of 10 quilters who are the epitome of better world artists. In Celebration of the women and men in our lives who make the world safe, warm, and beautiful with their artistry, The King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation’s Beach Institute, and The African Diaspora Museology Institute, present a new exhibit, Quilting for a Better World: The Artistry of African- American Handmade Quilts.

This exhibit features quilts from the collection of Mr. Willis Hakim Jones crafted by Gullah Geechee artists in the 1930s, as well as quilts inherited from Grandma, and the first quilts some artists made utilizing local community centers that help keep quilting traditions robust. All the quilts in the show are made by hand, just the way our ancestors did. We invite visitors to experience the wonder of “quilt codes” from the Underground Railroad that still inspire African-Americans to quilt for a better world. 

Due to the realities of the Covid 19 pandemic, there will be no opening reception.