Events – Saturday June 1

  • 9a: The Quilt opens for viewing


Please note that all main stage activities will has ASL and Spanish translation.

  • 10:30a-12p: MAIN STAGE. The NAMES Project and the Monument Quilt: public rituals for grief, hosted by the Textile Museum. Featuring Dr Kalima Young and Julie Rhoad, President and CEO of the Names Project Foundation. The Monument Quilt  owes its existence to the NAMES Project, an ongoing ritual for grief for those lost to AIDS. Founded in 1985, the NAMES Project intervenes in the homophobic response to AIDS in the US, and created a platform for loved ones to grieve their loss. Dr Kalima Young and the President and CEO of the NAMES Project Foundation, Julie Rhoad, will discuss this history and current presence of the NAMES Project, the current state of AIDS activism, and the ways in which the Monument Quilt honors this legacy, by intervening in oppressive and silencing responses to sexual and intimate partner violence, with a focus on LGBTQ survivors and survivors of color.
  • 1:00p-6:00p: MAIN STAGE. Survivor Policy Convening, co-hosted by Collective Action for Safer Spaces. The purpose of this convening is for people and communities most affected by sexual and intimate partner violence to share about their advocacy and organizing work to change policy, with a focus on non-carceral solutions to intimate partner violence. These solutions may include, but are not limited to: tribal sovereignty, harm reduction, housing, prevention and education, immigration and citizenship, (dis)ability, community accountability, and decriminalization of sex work, drugs, and self defense.The event will kick off with a keynote by Marissa Alexander — a domestic violence survivor who was criminalized for self defense and is now an advocate for other survivors. Then, we will invite attendees to break out into smaller groups to learn more about key issues from survivor-experts in each area. In the end of the convening we will report back on the main stage.
    • 1p-2:30p: Keynote Presentation by Marissa Alexander
    • 2:30-4:30p: Breakout groups with survivor led organizations
    • 5p-6p: Policy Convening Report-Back
  • 6:00p-9:00p: MAIN STAGE. Black.Baltimore.Survives. Celebration and music, featuring Uni Q Mical, DZL MC, Amorous Ebony, and Abdu Ali. Everyday in the national and local news, Baltimoreans are reminded that our city is broken, wounded, and violent. The story the news forgets to share is that from every type of structural and communal challenge that Baltimore city has faced, Black Baltimore in particular has found amazing ways to heal, recover, organize and build. We, Black Baltimore, have created glory from gentrification; beauty from blight; and grassroots leadership from a plethora of liturgies and untimely deaths. Our swag, our style, our voice, and our movements can’t be compared to anywhere else because they are unlike anywhere else! As we celebrate the final display of the Monument Quilt project, we center the voices and experiences of victim-survivors of sexual, personal, and intimate partner violence. It is imperative during this moment of our  collective healing narratives on the nation’s capital that we intentionally center the brilliant, beautiful, and bold voices of some of Baltimore’s dopest and most fierce Black artists as they help us connect through sound, movement, and performance ! Don’t miss it! 


  • 9:00a-11:00a. Learning Tent #2. Crochet with Deneen Morgan-Burley.
  • 9:00a-1:30p: Art Tent #4. Art with Hopeworks. In this activity, participants create a personalized keepsake using colorful paper and inspirational quotes about healing, community, and justice. The goal is to create a space for reflection, creative expression, and self-care.
  • 9:00a-1:00p: Art Tent #4. Prayer Blankets to End Bullying with Winter Noel.
  • 9:00a-11:00a: Spirit Tent #5. Yoga with Chris Leicht.
  • 9:00a-11:00a: Healing Tent #10. Acupuncture with Mark Brancato.
  • 9:30a-11:00a: Community Tent #11. Create a healing word with Gloria Garrett.
  • 11:30a- 1:30p: Learning Tent #2. Sex Ed for Survivors with Andy Duran, Educator Director for good vibrations, and Jadelynn St Dre, LMFT and trauma specialist.
  • 11:30-1:30p: Spirit Tent #5 . Strvnge Encounters workshop on child sexual abuse and its impact on adulthood.
  • 11:30-1:30p: Healing Tent #10. Yoga with Ana Temple Rodney.
  • 11:30-1:30p: Community Tent #11. Barbie Johnson WOC Survivors Convening.
  • 12:00p-6:00p: Community Tent #11. Reiki with Omar Ellis, located among the Quilt display.
  • 2:30p-4:30p: All tents: Breakout groups for Survivor Policy Convening.
  • 4:30p (beginning at Art Tent #4, roving through the Quilt):Rhizomatic Healing by Sonia Baez-Hernández Performance and Choreography by Sonia Baez-Hernández (FL), Costume Design by Lisu Vega (FL), Music and Vocal by Eloide Milo (France).
  • 5:00-6:00p: Spirit Tent #5. Pagan Healing Ritual with Kate Bishop.
  • 5:00p-6:00p: Healing Tent #10.  Reiki, sound healing and ancestor readings with Rachelle Dixon.
  • 4:30-6:30p: Community Tent #11. Secondary Survivors Affinity Group.


  • Gather Together Tent #6. Oral histories. Using Storycorps’s model, the Oral Histories Tent records and archives intimate conversations between two to three people about their experience of the Monument Quilt. They will interview each other for no more than 30 minutes, and have the option to send their recording to the Library of Congress.
    • 9:00a-10:30a
    • 12:00p-1:00p
    • 2:30p-4:00p
    • 4:00p-6:00p