Together: An Exhibition Celebrating African American Quilts

Ali Cultural Arts Center
Feb 18 - May 12 | FREE

Join us for the opening reception of Together: An Exhibition Celebrating African American Quilts at Ali Cultural Arts Center.

February 18 @ 6 - 8 PM at Ali Cultural Arts Center

This juried exhibition features original artworks by artists nationwide selected from a Call to Artists. In honor of Black History Month, artists submitted original quilts to commemorate the talent, resourcefulness, and ingenuity of early African American quilters. Featuring works by Barbara Huff, Kianga Jinaki, Veronica Mays, Alicia Rodriguez, Theresa Shellcroft, Trish Williams, and two collaborative quilts made by senior citizens from the Pompano Beach community."

A Mini Improvisational Quilt Workshop

Thursday, April 28, 3:30pm-6:00pm

Ali Cultural Arts

$10/student. Up to 15 students

Join Quilter and Fiber Artist Kianga Jinaki for a fun improvisational quilting workshop. Kianga will invite participants to incorporate her signature style of hand-quilting, appliqué and embellishments with traditional quilting techniques. This workshop is designed for those who are comfortable by hand and/or machine. Kianga will bring a treasure trove of African and quilting fabrics as well as beads and embellishments. Threads and needles will also be provided. Participants should bring their own scissors and a mat & rotary cutter if you have it. Two sewing machines will be available for use; however, participants are welcome to bring their own.

I Speak With Cloth: A Story Quilters Journey

Thursday, April 28, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Ali Cultural Arts


Join award winning quilter and fiber artist Kianga Jinaki for a discussion on story quilting’s humble beginnings to its current impact on the contemporary art scene. Beginning with the works of quilter Harriet Powers who was born into slavery and is credited with being the first person to create quilts using patterns of the human form, animals, and constellations to tell stories. This was contrary to the geometric patterns used in quilting at the time. Highlighting the works of herself and other contemporary African-American Quilters such as Faith Ringgold, Stephen Towns, Michael Cummings, and Bisa Butler.

About Kianga Jinaki

Ms. Kianga Jinaki is a self-taught fiber and mixed media artist, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. After moving to South Florida in the mid 80’s she was inspired to create Black dolls at the request of her 5-year-old daughter. In 1991, her dolls won both 1st and 2nd place awards as a part of “Dark Images Black Doll Art Show and Sale” in Philadelphia. In 1997, Kianga had expanded her textile work to include story quilting and her works were included in “Daughters of Harriet Power’s Story Quilt Exhibition,” held at the Museum of African American Art in Tampa. Her works have continued to be exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2013, she traveled with her quilt “Adowa” for the exhibition “Contemporary Quilts from Traditional Textiles,” at the Dei Centre for the Study of Contemporary African Art, Accra, Ghana. She also contributed to the Juried Fiber Arts show “Perspectives in Fiber,” West Palm Beach, FL. From 2015-2018 Jinaki Exhibited in “Diaspora,” an annual show produced by ATB Fine Arts in West Palm Beach. In 2018 Kianga’s works were a part of the juried show, “Contemporary Fiber in Florida.” Kianga has also been a teaching artist since 1994 and in this capacity has worked with the Center for Creative Education, the Norton Museum of Art, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, The African American Resource Library and Cultural Center, and Spady Museum just to name a few. She currently resides in Rivera Beach, Florida.

Together: An Exhibition Celebrating African American Quilts