Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Awards $60,000 Research Grant!

Untitled, AAQI Quilt, 9" x 9"
© 2011 Fannie Narte

This is my latest donation quilt for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.  It's a work in progress and doesn't have a name or a story yet.  I like kaleidoscopes and the different designs you get just by a simple twist.  One small change makes a big difference in the design.

My grade school teacher helped me make my very own kaleidoscope using my collection of sea shells and colored sea glass.  Maybe that's one of the reasons I'm drawn to kaleidoscope images.  Now I can create my own kaleidoscopes using software and my artwork and turn them into little quilts that hopefully will make a big difference.

I donated my first priority quilt in 2007.  To date, my 51 quilt donations raised over $5,000. The work of the AAQI has become an important part of my daily artmaking activities, and over the years, I've become more passionate and more impatient to hear life-changing news for Alzheimer's patients.


The AAQI Awards Its Largest Grant

To date, the AAQI has raised more than $552,000 for Alzheimer's research since January 2006.  Its most recent research grant was awarded to the University of Michigan and is the largest of the seven grants awarded so far. 

AAQI Awards $60,000 Research Grant

Dr. Alan Saltiel (Director of the Life Sciences Institute at University of Michigan), Dr. Mi Hee Lim (Principal Investigator), Ami Simms (Founder & Director, AAQI), and Dr. Jung-Suk Choi (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Ami Simms, Founder & Executive Director, of the AAQI, stated: "Volunteers from the AAQI hand-delivered the check, met with the team of researchers, and toured the lab.  We also brought quilts.

"We hung quilts donated to the AAQI by quilters whose work was part of our first traveling exhibit, Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece. We brought some of the Name Quilts and smaller quilts from Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope."
Quilters Finance Alzheimer's Discovery

In December 2010, six months ago, we learned that the research financed by the AAQI and carried out by Dr. Mi Hee Lim and her colleagues at the University of Michigan yielded positive results!

 Moira and Adam Dewar of Island Batik, Inc. have donated $25,386.00 to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative!
 The AAQI Has Generous Supporters and Volunteers

The AAQI is able to award research grants because of the generosity of  people like Moira and Adam Dewar, quiltmakers, quilt purchasers, supporters and volunteers.  Every dollar, every quilt donation, each helping hand makes a big difference.  I'm honored and grateful to participate in the fight against Alzheimer's through the AAQI.

Want to help the AAQI in its fight against Alzheimer's disease?  Here are 33 Ways You Can Help.


Ami Simms and her team of supporters and volunteers have done a remarkable job!  She has motivated stitchers throughout the United States to thread their needles to fight Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease affecting 5.4 million Americans. The all-volunteer charity has received more than 7,000 donated quilts and has created two traveling quilt exhibits about Alzheimer’s.

Hollywood Has Oscar, and Philanthropy Has the Classy

The CLASSY Awards recognize the top philanthropic achievements by charities, businesses, fundraisers and volunteers from across the country. The winners receive national exposure and more than $150,000 in cash & prizes for their cause.

We're hoping to send Ami to the 3rd Annual Classy Awards red carpet event because we think she is special and deserves this recognition.  This event will be held in San Diego on September 17, 2011.  You can Vote for the AAQI by clicking "Like" HERE

Trying to make a difference one quilt at a time.

1 comment:

WoolenSails said...

Love your new piece, wonderful fabrics too.
The group has done so much, quilters are wonderful.