About Us

The Museum is still closed but we have lots of new virtual offerings for you to enjoy.  Join us for “Textile Talks,” a weekly lecture series featuring dynamic presentations by textile experts, in collaboration with six other international textile organizations.  Check out our bi-weekly artwork spotlights and artist interviews that offer behind-the-scenes content on the objects and makers that inspire us. Our newest offerings are “Fiber Art 101” and “Makerspace” with tutorials on various fiber art techniques and DIY activities for all ages.

 

Our Mission

The mission of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is to share and celebrate the art and culture of textiles.


DIVERSITY, EQUITY, ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION (DEAI) STATEMENT:

The staff and board of San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles believe that fabric holds an innate power to connect people of varied backgrounds. We are devoted to cultivating a welcoming space for all visitors across race, age, ethnicity, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, religion, geography, or culture.

 

OUR COMMITMENTS:

We are committed to providing a welcoming environment for all. We strive to create an inclusive educational, cultural, and artistic space through on-going practice and reflection in the following areas:

EXHIBITIONS & INTERPRETATION:

We are committed to representing a diverse range of perspectives within the textile medium. Exhibitions and interpretive materials are intended to highlight, empower, and celebrate the creative work of textile artists both local and global.

COLLECTIONS STEWARDSHIP:

We are committed to preserving historic and contemporary textiles and increasing the Museum’s cultural resources to reflect diversity in the field of fiber arts.

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY OUTREACH:

We are committed to developing educational programs that invite all learners to join creative dialogues that promote cultural respect and mutual understanding. Through our outreach programs, we seek to provide access and participatory opportunities for everyone in our community.

VISITOR EXPERIENCE:

We are committed to creating a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience for museum visitors, both in person and virtually. We are dedicated to assisting all communities, and we are working to continually improve physical, financial and cultural accessibility within the Museum.

GOVERNANCE & SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS:

The Board of Directors is committed to ensuring that Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives advance the Museum’s mission of sharing and celebrating the art and culture of textiles and supports staff endeavors to increase diverse representation in programs and exhibitions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

We are committed to building a culture that provides professional development and ongoing reflection on eliminating bias and inequity in our work. We support hiring and collaborating with a diversity of staff, artists, educators and administrators who are demographically representative of the communities we serve and ensuring equity in their work. 

DEVELOPMENT & INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING:

We are committed to recognizing, discussing, and rectifying ways in which fundraising upholds systems of power. We see board members, donors, and members as current and potential allies who will support programs that focus on diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion, and are partnering with funders who prioritize and uphold these values.


As we work towards a more diverse, equitable and inclusive museum, please know that we are listening. If you have feedback, email us at info@sjquiltmuseum.org.

 

Definitions:
Diversity
: the representation of different types of people, collectively and as individuals
Equity: fairness and justice for all people; freedom from bias, prejudice or favoritism
Accessibility: providing equitable access to everyone along the continuum of human ability and experience
Inclusion: the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected and valued