Mission: The mission of the san jose museum of quilts & textiles is to promote and celebrate the art, creators, craft and history of quilts and textiles.
Programs: During fiscal 2014, the museum successfully mounted 13 exhibitions that were provocative, compelling, transformative, fun and had broad appeal for all our audiences. These exhibitions featured quilts that were both historical and modern as well as wearable art and contemporary textiles. Total attendance for the year onsite was 12,860. Including off-site attendance at pop-up exhibitions and programs total attendance was 30,860. There were 733 member visits - this doubled from last year. We also saw a big increase in children served onsite to 695 with our new school tour program at the museum. The museum offers adult educational programs in conjuction with exhibitions - including art-making workshops, slide lectures, community forums, gallery walks and symposia for people to engage more meaningfully with artwork on view. The museum also has participated in south first fridays, an arts district-wide gallery crawl stage on the first friday of the month from 7-11pm that is free to the public. On south first fridays, the museum activates its event space with diverse programming, including artist demonstrations, and hands-on textile making activities.
the museum has a new on-site museum experience program for school tours who visit the museum. Children are provided a docent lead tour and 30 minute hands-on activity appropriate to age level that meets the california common core standards and 21st century skills. Museum experience program inspires students to become thinkers and how to repond to the world around them through the museum's exhibitions and participatory activity. Through this experience students learn how to become effective communicators, respect and work well with others and appreciate cultural diversity and celebrating differences. The museum continues its partnership with next door to domestic violence and the santa clara valley quilt associtation (scvqa) to jointly provide the quilts as women's shelter program.
the museum cares for a collection of approximately 850 quilts/textiles and a library with over 700 volumes. The museum completed an american association of museums (aam) map collections assessment as a first step towards working towards aam accreditation. The museum has also completed a neh funded collections assessment.
Under former executive director Jane Przybysz, this museum was passionate and eclectic. The new E.D., Christine Jeffers, seems more about money than art, and it SJMQT has lost a bit of its soul. The passionate volunteers keep the place running, but it seems like there's never anyone in there. This would be a good destination museum in a suburban location, but a big downtown facility for quilt enthusiasts seems a waste of a key location, where a big draw, truly urban arts group could make a home. Just doesn't seem urban enough for where San Jose is going. Occasionally, an interesting and edgy exhibit works its way into the stitchery.
Years ago I attended an exhibit here and was blown away by the quality of artwork. The museum is small, but the exhibit I saw was truly breath-taking. The people who run this museum are very passionate about what they do, progressive minded and committed to community involvment.