The Quilt on the National Mall

The Monument Quilt, a project of Baltimore based FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, is a collection of over 3,000 stories by survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and our allies, written, painted, and stitched onto red fabric. Our stories literally blanket highly public, outdoor places to create and demand space to heal, and resist a singular narrative about sexual violence. After 5 years of organizing, and after 49 displays in 33 cities across the US and Mexico, the culminating display is coming up May 31 – June 2, 2019, on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This will be the only time that the quilt will be viewed in its entirety.

Join us. May 31-June 2, 2019 the Monument Quilt will blanket the National Mall. View the event details here.

Volunteer: There are many ways to be involved with this historic event. We are looking for volunteers who are in, or planning to travel to, Washington DC to support the 3-Day Monument Quilt display.  To sign up, click here.

Sponsor the Monument Quilt on the National Mall: FORCE is seeking organizational and corporate sponsors to support the Monument Quilt event on the National Mall. Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Spread the word about the DC Display date: Download our flier and help spread the word about the event.

Donate: FORCE needs to raise $150,000 by May 31 to produce this event. Make a donation today.

Quilt Maker Survey: Tell about your experience being involved with the Monument Quilt by completing this survey.


Thank you to our sponsors and program partners for helping to make this event a reality!

  • Asana Consulting
  • Collective Action for Safer Spaces
  • Casa de Esperanza
  • Center for Survivor Agency & Justice
  • DC Office of Victim Services and Justice
  • DC Rape Crisis Center
  • Defend Yourself
  • HIPS
  • Hopeworks of Howard County
  • Houston Area Women’s Center Young Leaders
  • Justice for Migrant Women
  • Know Your IX
  • Lanning Smith Studio
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Ms Magazine
  • N Street Village
  • National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV)
  • NASH – the District Alliance for Safe Housing
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
  • Network for Victim Recovery DC (NVRDC)
  • The Textile Museum
  • Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance


Thank you to our individual sponsors:

  • Michele Beaulieux
  • David Bogen
  • Doreen Bolger
  • Jane Brown
  • Eva Fury
  • Twig George and Dave Pittenger
  • Catharine Kappauf and Clarke Hitch
  • Shelley and Charles Kappauf


Thank you to the foundations currently funding FORCE’s work:

  • Baltimore Community Foundation Renewal Fund
  • Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund
  • William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of Baker Artist Portfolios
  • MICA Grant for Faculty Research and Creative Development
  • NoVo Foundation Move to End Violence
  • Robert W. Deutsch Foundation
  • T. Rowe Price Foundation