Educational Outreach

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Our new Education Coordinator, Lauren Holt, had a busy year working with students, educators and artists to reach audiences in a variety of outreach endeavors. Students’ and teachers’ experiences with online learning last year informed how we approached virtual educational content this year. 

We partnered with the local school district for a virtual STEAM Festival (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) that replaced the usual science fair. Our project was an investigative activity tying quilts from the For the Love of Gaia exhibition to scientific inquiry.

In grades 5–8, 83 of 600 participating students chose this activity for their science fair participation submission.

Through our partnership with ReadWorks, we offer teachers across the country grade-level appropriate reading material about quilts, quilt history and quilts as art for grades K–8.

More than 22,400 unique teachers assigned one or more of our reading passages to more than 76,398 students, in 12,280 schools.

Check out these informative articles on our website under “K-12 Readings and Activities” drop-down menu here:

In April, we partnered with the UNL’s Morrill Hall, the LUX Center for the Arts, Pioneers Park Nature Center and Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center to invite our local community to visit each site with a Field Trip Across Lincoln. Families were encouraged to complete a short activity at each site.

Our close relationship with the Lincoln Public Schools Arts educators gave us the opportunity to create direct connections between the students’ curriculum and our exhibitions.

A new Education and Outreach page on the IQM website provided teachers easy access to programs, lesson plans and resources:


In February we featured a virtual pop-up created in collaboration with the local NAACP Youth Council. Eleven students in elementary, middle and high school provided written responses to quilts made by African American quilt makers, with comments ranging from visual impact to emotional resonance and personal connections.

The exhibition can be seen alongside the students’ comments here: bold-statements