Quilting is a beautiful art form tied to emotional connections. The quilts made by inmates of the South Central Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in rural Missouri, create connections with the outside world and with each other. The groups’ goal is to make a personalized birthday quilt for every foster child in the counties surrounding the prison. The fact that a significant number of incarcerated people were once in foster care makes their work particularly meaningful.

THE QUILTERS provides us with a unique opportunity to observe how art can restore an individual’s view of themselves and others. We will follow the daily life inside the prison sewing room and the progress of several quilts from design through production and into the arms of a foster child.

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