San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Rating: 3 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 520 S. First St San Jose CA 95113 USA

Mission: The Museum supports the belief that textile art transcends cultural, ethnic, age and gender boundaries and encompasses traditional as well as contemporary forms. The Museum provides a serious venue for all artists working with textiles. Its exhibits and programs promote the appreciation of quilts and textiles as art and provide an understanding of their role in the lives of their makers, in cultural traditions, and as historical documents.
Programs: Each year the Museum exhibits a number of eclectic and exciting artists and their work. Exhibitions have included an exploration of traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai, Afghan war rugs, Contemporary Art Quilts, traditional quilts, Apilleras from South America, Story Cloths from the Hmong peoples, message quilts from communities creating visibility through art to today's pressing issues. The Museum provides arts education programs through its popular Kids Create!, in-school programs and Arts Express - reaching the next generation of artists and art lovers.

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the exceptional quality of the exhibits I saw.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

publicize more to nearby cities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

great exhibits that exceeded my expectations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

passionate, smart, dedicated, progressive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

house a much bigger facility, publicize more, offer more classes, publish photo books on exhibits, get involved in off-site events/activities.

Ways to make it better...

there was easier parking.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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