One of Erica’s favorite programs was the “Thread Program.” The purpose of the program is to trace all the different aspects involved in the creation of textiles, such as lace-making, dying, and weaving. The walls are covered with various small exhibits showing finished products, works in progress, and the tools involved in creating textiles, including both historical examples and new pieces. There is also an area with books, a couch, and a TV showing videos about different textiles. Another section offers activities.
Relating to the textile program is the “Quilt Studio.” In the studio, tables are set up with the necessary tools and materials for visitors to add a square to a quilt. Through this activity, the visitors become the artists for the quilt.
These programs demonstrated to Erica the DAM’s focus on education, including in curatorial design. The DAM reenforced her ideas about the potential for the museum experience to be educational, innovative, and fun.