“Quilt Health” with Marsha MacDowell
Name an illness, medical condition, or disease and you will find quilt-making associated with it. From Alzheimer’s to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s Disease to Crigler-Najjar Syndrome, and for nearly every form of cancer, millions of quilts have been made in support of personal well-being, health education, patient advocacy, memorialization of victims, and fundraising. McKissick Museum welcomes Dr. Marsha MacDowell for a presentation exploring the long historical connection between textiles and health and its continued and ever-growing importance in contemporary society. Dr. MacDowell will examine the evidence-based literature that demonstrates the profound impact quilts (making and receiving) have on healing and well-being, and introduce audience members to resources they can use to participate in and or to study. This free event takes place at McKissick, on campus in Columbia, April 2nd at 5:30 pm.