Since being founded in 1989, Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) has witnessed and supported the development of the art quilt world and the acceptance of the art quilt as mainstream art. In recent years, one needs only glance at the travel schedules of SAQA’s exhibitions to see that the art quilt has become a mainstream art form across galleries and museums in the US, and is being featured around the world.
Yet many organizations are still working to understand the medium and how to serve its population. Quilters tend to be regular museum-supporters, art event attendees, collectors, and workshop or educational program participants. Altogether, they spend $2.27 billion a year on their passion.
As a worldwide resource for information on the art quilt and the artists who create them, SAQA helps artists and arts organizations participate in this growth. Our new Affiliate Membership program was created to provide support to organizations in learning about the art quilt, how it plays a role in contemporary exhibitions and art organizations, and how members can grow their organization by integrating the art quilt into their own programming.
“The Affiliate program provides a wonderful opportunity for various groups and organizations to become a part of the SAQA community,” said SAQA Executive Director Martha Sielman. “We’re excited to be able to offer our resources and opportunities to this new network of art quilt enthusiasts.”
SAQA helps our Affiliate Membership organizations grow in several ways, including spreading the word about their organization and events to our membership through publicity on our website and other online communications tools, and providing exclusive access to educational resources about the art quilt.
For more details about the many benefits of Affiliate Membership, please visit the Affiliate Membership information page today. We’d love to welcome YOUR organization as our partner in promoting the art of the quilt!