Pandemic Quilt

Credit: Mary AndrusDuring the academic school year (2022-2023) Art for Social Change & the Art Therapy Department will host a series of sewing circles virtually, on campus and in the community. Our intention is to create multiple quilts to represent how the pandemic has exacerbated and brought to light longstanding and detrimental effects injustice, inequity and oppression in the United States.

Our collective voices will stitch together our stories and lived experiences, raising critical consciousness of the inequities felt across racial, social, political, economic and cultural differences.

Our current, past and future events include:

  • Presented at an ASC Open Studio with the campus’ Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative on campus in February 2022
  • In partnership with Bag&Baggage Theatre and we displayed squares as part of the Climate Change play series on November 13, 2021.
  • We host weekly virtual sessions from 3-6pm every Thursday to create together in our Art for Social Change Open Studio. Bring your quilt square to work on. Register here
  • We are planning a regional Art Therapy Symposium in May 2022 when we intend to display some of the quilts to the public.
  • Art for Social Change participated in the Ray Warren Ethnic Studies symposium to display pandemic quilts and moderate an art therapy sewing circle.
  • Can’t come to our sewing circle? Request a kit.

Past Events

September 13, 2022

OPEN STUDIO: Art Therapy and Grief

We are devoting our Community Action meeting this week as time for those who would like to have some tools, materials, resources and/or the space to help process the tragedy that occurred at Lewis and Clark. Licensed art therapists will be present to guide the process.
September 12, 2022

Keaton Otis Memorial

Join the Center for Social Change and Community Involvement at this important memorial event for Keaton Otis. 
September 6, 2022

Art for Social Change Strategy Meeting

Open to all students, faculty, staff and alumni of L&C, we create events to heal from oppression and discuss where art in relationship transforms lives, builds community, examines social constructs, raises critical consciousness and creates a more just society.


Pandemic Quilt Get Together

Members of Art for Social Change met to work on the Pandemic Quilt on September 8, 2022.

Climate Change Theatre Action

Art for Social Change participated in the 2021 Climate Change Theatre Action on November 13, 2021 at Bag&Baggage’s Vault Theatre in Hillsboro. Other participants included 350PDX Washington Team and the Westside Quilters Guild.

Joy & Justice Community Fair

Art for Social Change set up a table at the 2021 Ray Warren Ethnic Studies Symposium’s Community Fair.

Quilt Square Samples

Some quilting square samples from Art for Social Change Commitee’s Quilt for Change project.

Quilting For Change - 9/1/2021

Quilting For Change event on September 1, 2021

Quilting For Change

Our first Quilt for Change event happened on August 6, 2021 in a tent by York at the Graduate School at Lewis & Clark College.

How to Make a Quilt Square

Don’t know how to make a quilt square? Read our Zine!