• Respect • Citizenship • Compromise • Country over party and corporate influence • Courage • Candor • Compassion • Creativity
PRESS & MEDIA
• January 27, 2020
Phoenix New Times/online - Robrt Pela
• January 30 - February 5, 2020
Phoenix New Times/print - Lynn Trimble
• March 5, 2020
KJZZ, The Show - Lauren Gilger with Amy Silverman's Raising Phoenix - listen and see photos:
• June 2, 2020
Read and listen to a review of the Violet Protest project by Deborah Ross on ExploreArtDenver.com
• June 24, 2020
This is a fun one. Kosmo Esplan, a young man from Northfield, MN is doing his own spin off of Some Good News by John Krasinski. In Episode #8, he does a shout out about the Violet Protest. You can watch it here on YouTube. (the shout out is at 2:30 - 3:54)
• July 9, 2020
Lu Peters is a Violet Protester in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who has made over 100 squares! Her friend, Christine Miller is the founder of ExploreFiber.com. An interview with Lu Peters about her participation in the Violet Protest was featured.
• July 16, 2020
We are very proud to announce that the Violet Protest project is now included on the Storycloth Database site of the George Washington University Art Therapy Program/Alexandria Graduate Education Center under "Textile Activism"
• July 30, 2020
Ann was honored to have had an interview with Christine Miller, founder of ExploreFiber.com . After meeting virtually with the Dallas Area Fiber Artists group, she was able to actually connect with Christine face to face and experience some of her wonderful work. To read more about the background behind Ann's work and the orchestration of other public projects.
• August, 2020
The Violet Protest has been included in Phoenix Magazine's "Best of the Valley Awards" for 2020. It is an editor's pick for "Best Crafty Statement". A title composed especially for the project, (. . . well, we might have suggested a different description), we are honored that the project was recognized and is a part of this much anticipated edition.
• September, 2020
The Violet Protest was included in Phoenix New Times' 2020 Best of Phoenix Awards. It is the pick for "Best Community Project". Take a look!
• September, 2020
The Phoenix Art Museum has featured Ann's story in their Artist Spotlight - Ann Morton, In Her Own Words. It was such an honor to be included in this really well-researched series by the amazing staff at Phoenix Art Museum.
• November, 2020
The Violet Protest has been included in the online Visual Arts Resource in an article written by Lynn Trimble, Quiet "Violet Protest" Art Counters Noise of Hyperpartisan Era
• January, 2021
The Violet Protest was featured in a TV segment on KTVK, ABC affiliate in Phoenix. Reporter Karla Navarrete happened to have a neighbor that is a Violet Protester who told her about the project right after inauguration day on January 20th. This segment aired on January 22, 2021. Take a look!!
• January, 2021
Stitching the Country Together: How the Violet Protest Promotes Unity - featured on the Downtown Devil - the Front Page of Downtown Phoenix, written by journalist Sara Blue.
• March, 2021
Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot, the magazine published by Handweavers Guild of America, has included a generous article on the Violet Protest in their Spring 2021 issue 205. The opportunity to share thoughts as this project has progressed and thrived during the events of 2020 is such a gift.
• March 14, 2021
The Violet Protest was featured in artdaily.com ("The First Art Newspaper on the Net) - Phoenix Art Museum presents two exhibitions of work by Arizona-based contemporary artists. The Violet Protest, the project resulting from Ann's winning the Arlene and Morton Scult mid-career artist award at Phoenix Art Museum is covered with an extensive article about the installation of the Violet Protest project.
• March 23, 2021
Phoenix Magazine's art director, Mirelle Inglefield, features Ann's work, and the Violet Protest in this video edition of Phoenix Magazine's "Art Directions"
• April 12, 2021
KJZZ's Mark Brodie interviews Ann about the progress of the Violet Protest and our "Aims To Send Message Of Cooperation to Congress".
• April 13, 2021
We are very proud to announce that City of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has issued a proclamation that April 13, 2021 is declared "Violet Protest Day" For a short video unveiling this proclamation, click here.
• April 21, 2021
One of the makers in the Violet Protest, Sister Linda Hayes, OP posted a wonderful story about her participation on the Dominican Sister of Springfield Illinois newsletter. Read her story here.
• May 24, 2021
How an Arizona artist is trying to knit American back together with red and blue threads - an article by Elizabeth Montgomery of the Arizona Republic for AZCentral online. Just a shout out, that this project has happened because of ALL OF YOU! PDF version available here.
• May 28, 2021
The Violet Protest is featured on a wonderful podcast, KJZZ's State of the Arts Arizona, Episode 6. We must thank journalist Anthony Wallace for his in depth look at the project and the philosophical underpinnings of the importance of art during this time of political divide in the US.
• June 4, 2021
Congressman Greg Stanton visited the Violet Protest at Phoenix Art Museum. During his visit he presented a Congressional proclamation from his office recognizing the Violet Protest for "promoting unity" For a short video unveiling this proclamation, click here.
• June 5, 2021
The Violet Protest is on national NPR! An excerpt of the podcast noted above was picked up by NPR's All Things Considered. An Artist Leads A 'Violet Protest' Against Polarization" Thanks again to Anthony Wallace for his skillful production and editing for this story. Whoop!
• June, 2021
The Violet Protest was included in the American Craft Council's June Craft Dispatch! Thank you American Craft!
• June 29, 2021
Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts included a story and Instagram link in their June online newsletter "Inside" ASU Herberger Institute. Thanks to my Alma Mater!
• July 14, 2021
Arizona Jewish News has covered the Violet Protest and members of our steering committee helping to deliver our VP squares to Congress. Shannon Levitt has written a thoughtful article based on her personal visit to the exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum. Read the article here!
• July 31, 2021
The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design has juried the Violet Protest into its virtual exhibition: "Call and Response - Craft as a Tool for Activism". And even better news, the Violet Protest project was awarded FIRST PLACE!
• August 18, 2021
The Flinn/Brown Fellows 2020 cohort gathered in the Violet Protest gallery for the first in-person event during their academy. See this blog post on the Flinn Foundation website.
• September 2, 2021
The Violet Protest is featured in an online article in Southwest Contemporary, written by Lynn Trimble, a regular contributing writer to this publication.
• November 15, 2021
Following up from their prior stories about the Violet Protest, the major milestone of the mailing of the 540 boxes of the VP was covered by Lauren Gilger of KJZZ - the Phoenix NPR affiliate. Take a listen!
• January 9, 2022
The AZ Republic featured the Violet Protest again in their Sunday Arts and Entertainment section. Journalist Sofia Krusmark did a follow up interview as the squares were making their way to DC. Click here a pdf copy of the article. And if you have a subscription to AZCentral Online, click here for the full online article.
• January 31, 2022
The Violet Protest was honored to be recognized in opening statements by Ambassador Michael Polt in Washington DC at ASU's Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security LAB Inaugural Diplomatic Roundtable introducing The American Diplomacy Project - Phase II (Recording of acknowledgement - at 3:00 - 5:15 in the video.)
• February 14, 2022
After hearing about the Violet Protest via the Southern California Hand Weaver's Guild Tapestry Study Group Zoom meeting, Philip Canterbury, educator and writer, contacted me for an interview and subsequently crafted this article now posted on Vocal. Philip takes a deep look at the project and offers interesting perspectives about his observations regarding the potential impacts of the Violet Protest.
• October, 2022
A Violet Protest maker, Dee Ann Eisner from Strongsville, OH, also just happens to be a writer. She has just published a book called A Call to Needles: Acts of Craftivism and Crafted Kindness in the Age of Trump. She has included a few pages about the Violet Protest in her book. (ppg 101-103) Click on the title above for a link to order the book.
VIOLET PROTEST EMAIL NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
• February 2023
• October 2022
• September 2022
• August 2022
• July 2022
• June 2022
• May 2022 #2
• May 2022 #1 (special message)
• January 2, 2022
• November 23 , 2021
• October 25, 2021
• September 23, 2021
• August 30, 2021
• July 28,2021
• June 21, 2021
• May 25, 2021
• April 19, 2021
• March 21, 2021
• February 20, 2021
• January 10, 2021
• December 12, 2020
• November 8, 2020
• October 4, 2020
• September 7, 2020
• August 2, 2020
• July 5, 2020
• June 10, 2020
• June 7, 2020 (special message)
• May 17, 2020
• April 7, 2020
• March 22, 2020 (special message)
• March 17, 2020 (special message)
• March 7, 2020
• February 10, 2020
• Wednesday, November 2nd, 2 pm ET
Textile Talks - Crafting the Vote Weekly presentations from Surface Design Association, the International Quilt Museum, Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and Studio Art Quilt Associates. This talk will feature Ann Morton, Eve Jacobs-Carnahan and Tomasita Louviere-Ligons. Click on the link above for a recording of the event on YouTube.
• Monday, February 14th, 2022 - 7:00 pm MST
Starlight Stitchers Zoom Meeting, Mesa, AZ
• Monday, January 31, 2022 - 10:00 am MST, 12:00 pm EST
Violet Protest was recognized in opening statements in Washington DC at ASU's Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security LAB Inaugural Diplomatic Roundtable introducing The American Diplomacy Project - Phase II (Recording of acknowledgement - at 3:00 - 5:15 in the video.)
• Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 - 6 pm MST.
Southern California Hand Weaver's Guild Tapestry Study Group Zoom Meeting
• Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 8:00 - 9:30 am
Global Ties AZ - IVLP Program - Promoting Social Change Through the Arts - International Zoom Session - Phoenix, AZ (originator)
• Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 9:30 am EST
Unitarian Universalist - Fellowship of the Peninsula - Violet Protest Presentation - Newport News, VA
• Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 10:00 am MDT
Arizona Quilters Guild - Violet Protest Presentation - Arizona
• Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 10:00 am MDT
GetSetUp - online learning platform - Violet Protest Presentation ( link to see on FaceBook) - and check out the article about the Violet Protest on the Get Set Up blog
• Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 11:00 am PST
Vision Art Museum - San Diego, CA - Violet Protest Presentation
• Sunday, July 25, 2021 - 2:00 CDT
Fiber Artists of San Antonio - FASA, sub-group SPUTNIK (Spirited Passionate Uninhibited Thoughtful Nurturing Innovative Kind)
Zoom Meeting Presentation, TX
• Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 10-:00 am PST
Portland Oregon Handweavers Guild Zoom Meeting Presentation, OR
• Monday, April 26, 2021 - 5:00 MST
Breakfast Club Zoom Meeting Presentation - Arizona
• April 12 - April 16 - Instagram TakeOver for ArtFarm, Phoenix
• Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 11:00 EST
Fiber Guild of the Blue Ridge Zoom Meeting Presentation - Northern Virginia
• Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:00 pm MST
Phoenix Art Museum 2019 Scult Award Winner Lecture
(Select "Ann Morton: 2019 Scult Award Winner Lecture window)
• Monday, March 8, 2021 - 10:00 am MST
Phoenix Art Museum Docents Scult Award Artist's presentation
• Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 7:00 pm CT
Fort Hays State University, Fort Hays, Kansas - Visiting Artist Series
• Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 11:00 pm EST
Foothills Fiber Arts Guild, Zoom Meeting Presentation, Clinton, NY
• Saturday, January 16, 2021 - 10:00 am MST
San Juan Weavers Guild, Zoom Meeting Presentation, Montrose, CO
• Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 7:00 pm EST
Toledo Area Weavers Guild Zoom Meeting Presentation, Toledo, Ohio
• Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 10:00 am MST
FlyPaper Stitch-In Special Zoom Presentation
• Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:15 pm MST
Coconino Quilters Guild Zoom Meeting Presentation, Flagstaff, AZ
• Friday, October 9, 2020 - 1:30 pm EST
HGA (Hand Weavers Guild of America) Thread Talks
• Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 7:00 pm EST
Jockey Hollow Weavers Guild Zoom Meeting Presentation, Mendham, New Jersey
• Monday, October 5, 2020 - 12:00 pm EST
Frances Irwin Handweavers Zoom Meeting Presentation, Sussex County, New Jersey
• Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 1:00 pm EST
SAQA Northern Virginia POD Zoom Meeting Presentation, Virginia
• Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:00 am MST
SAQA Arizona Region Zoom Meeting Presentation, Maricopa, AZ
• Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 9:00am MST
Tucson Art Quilters Zoom Meeting Presentation, Tucson, AZ
• Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 12:00 pm MST
AZ Felters' Guild Zoom Meeting Presentation, Phoenix, AZ
• Friday, August 21, 2020 - 2:00 EST
Parson's School of Design, School of Fashion graduating class Here and Now event , New York, NY
• Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 10:00 am MST
Arizona Desert Weavers and Spinners Guild Zoom Session,
• Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 6:00 pm CDT
Bloomington Normal Modern Quilt Guild Zoom Session,
• Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 5:30 pm CDT
Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild - Social Activism Zoom Session,
Kansas City, KS
• Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 10:00 am CDT
Loose Ends Fiber Group Zoom Session, Savannah, GA
• Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 3:30 pm EST
Pittsburgh Violet Protest Group Zoom Session, Pittsburg, PA
• Friday, May 22, 2020 - 11 am CDT
Northfield Yarns Open Stitch Zoom Session, Northfield, MN
• Sunday, March 1, 2020 - 10 am - noon
FlyPaper Stitch-In, Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix
No-Sew square-making workshop
• Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 10 am - noon
FlyPaper Stitch-In, Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix
No-Sew square-making workshop
Harrisville Designs of New Hampshire partners with the Violet Protest!
“As a company that embodies the same core American Values that the Violet Protest supports, we’re glad that you’ve come to us to assist in your endeavor.”
We are excited to announce that Harrisville Designs has agreed to a partnership with the Violet Protest by putting together a special “Violet Protest Edition” project kit comprised of their USA-made Friendly Loom including 3 bags each of red and blue – enough to make 12 woven potholders 8” x 8” in size.
This is a wonderful way to open this project up to kids or “non-textile” friends in your life. But it’s also a way for even experienced makers to efficiently contribute to the Violet Protest by making 12 squares easily and with quality, finished results in a variety of red/blue woven patterns.
Normally, a kit like this would retail for over $110.00 + shipping - but Harrisville Designs is offering the Violet Protest Kit at $74.95 and with free shipping in the continental US. To take advantage, Violet Protest makers should call Harrisville at 800-338-9415 ext. 201, 9 am – 5pm EST. Ask for the Violet Protest Project Kit.