Curious about what quilting, activists’ speeches, writing, and truth have in common? 

On Saturday, April 8, 2023, a team of writing and rhetoric scholars will host a series of free and engaging community workshop sessions and explore the intersections of storytelling, art and activism. Come to one session or stay for all four! 

Events will take place in Union West Creative Village, Room 111 located at 601 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801. For additional parking information, visit

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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1–2 p.m. – “Quilting as Method” led by Dr. Sonia Arellano will introduce participants to the migrant quilt project and invite storytelling through hands-on quilting activities.

2–3 p.m. – “Learning from Multimodal Rhetorics of Women of Color Activists” led by Dr. Christina Cedillo will highlight the interactions of activists’ public speech, writing and movement, with an interactive component.

3–4 p.m. – “Truth Telling Toward Social Change” led by Dr. Laurie A. Pinkert and Professor Lissa Pompos Mansfield will introduce the Americans Who Tell the Truth project and engage attendees in truth/story telling with visual images from local community members’ art and writing. This session will conclude with hands-on truth and storytelling.

4–5 p.m. – “Making our Meaning: Centering Material Rhetorics for Change” will engage presenters and participants in a roundtable discussion and display of material developed throughout the workshop and through various community engagement activities.