In cooperation with Kingston School of Art (KSOA), LDSB school-based, equity-related clubs and interested individuals and families across the district took part in the collaborative creation of Limestone’s Pride Quilt Initiative.
We were so surprised when we had to send out 1,000 quilt squares, and what was originally conceived as one larger quilt turned into five quilts representing students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The Pride Quilt is truly an art piece that unites us all, illustrating both the beauty of individuality, as well as the inclusivity message that everyone should see themselves in Limestone.
These quilts were carried by Limestone staff, students, and families in both Napanee Pride and Kingston Pride Parades and continued to be shared in a traveling exhibit over the summer months. The quilts were installed at the Window Art Gallery, the Faculty of Education – Queen’s University, Trellis, the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, just to name a few locations.
The purpose of this creation is to provide members of the LDSB community the opportunity to use visual arts as a medium to express what PRIDE means to them. Everybody’s individual square represents their individuality and their authentic self but put together you are all part of Limestone.
Our heartfelt thanks to local quilter Ruth LeBlanc who quilted all of 1,000-plus squares together and to Maddi Andrews, Executive Director KSOA, who helped organize and collect the squares and travelling exhibit.