This year, to honor the American Dream and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we in the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center constructed a dream quilt. The idea was to create an inter-hospital activity that encouraged creativity and highlighted the famous words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “I have a dream…”
We placed this quotation on every quilt square and then offered the squares to anyone in the hospital who wanted to participate. We asked that they answer the question “I have a dream that…”, either literally or figuratively.
We received an enthusiastic response as patients, parents and hospital employees became involved in making their own individual quilt squares. The project also reached out to the Akron Children’s Reinberger Family Center, spiritual direction groups on the psychiatry floor, and the cancer and blood disorders unit.
Upon the deadline and with the help of volunteer Carol Morano and staff member Joanne Ehrmantraut, we constructed the quilt in the expressive therapy center.
This project was made possible because of the generous donations of time and gifts from Denise Powers Fabian, Elizabeth Parker, Lisa Long, Dianne Papes and Mitchell Holley. Now, each square has been photographed and included in a video, offering folks who haven’t been able to see it a chance to get a glimpse of this interesting work of art.
The Dream Quilt is on display in our expressive therapy center at Akron Children’s Hospital.