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Needle, Thread and Fabric: Reflections on Quilting Practices in Girls’ Treatment
April 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Theadra Fleming is a retired Registered nurse. She received her BSN at Mercy College of Detroit, and her MPH at the University of Michigan. The last 14 years of her Nursing career was spent working with adolescent teen mothers at a Detroit Public School. Her interest in quilting was ignited in 1997 with the creation of a table runner. She has always held a holistic view towards health and healing, realizing that emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing impacts physical health. The process of quilt making became a conduit to spiritual and emotional healing for her. She pursues her passion through teaching and empowering her students by embracing the inner peace and quiet that comes with creating. Quilters learns about themselves and their strengths. It is the quiet reflective moments that occur when creating art that soothes the soul.
Heather Martin holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Heather has extensive experience coordinating and managing innovative, collaborative creative arts programming. She leads training on best-practices for creative arts workshops to complicate and activate spaces and practices for stronger community connections. She has facilitated hundreds of creative arts workshops for youth and adults within and impacted by the justice system. Heather founded, Youth Arts Alliance!, the first five-county, municipality funded collaborative arts project serving youth in the juvenile justice system in Michigan. Currently, Heather works with the Prison Creative Arts Project to coordinate training, workshop programming and events.