About Us

CFF Final LogoThe Clara Ford Foundation, a nonprofit corporation,  was established in 2005 to promote, preserve and celebrate the art of African American quilting and quilting in general. It was founded by Atlanta quilter O.V. Brantley to honor her grandmother Clara Ford,  who lived and quilted in Crossett, Arkansas until her death in 1966.

 The Foundation carries out its activities through a Board of Directors consisting of  O.V. Brantley, CEO; Aleathia Chisolm, Finance Director; Rosalind Newell, Legal Counsel; and Marva Swanson, Program Director.

A Quilters Advisory Board provides advice on projects and technical expertise on quilting.

The long term  mission of  the Clara Ford Foundation is to establish an African American quilt museum in Atlanta. Other activities of the Foundation include sponsoring the Atlanta Quilt Festival each year in August. The Festival is a month long celebration of quilting and dollmaking through exhibits, workshops, appraisals and a Master Class with a renown quilter.

Through its web site, the Clara Ford Foundation also serves as a clearinghouse for information about all things related to quilting. If you have a quilting event you would like posted, send an email to ovbrant@gmail.com.

Clara's Big Red Squares by Clara Ford

Clara’s Big Red Squares by Clara Ford

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  1. The Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show will include a large vendor mall, seminars, workshops, demonstrations, quilt contest, fashion shows and stage presentations plus special exhibits.

    This wonderful quilt show is scheduled for January 14 – 16, 2010 at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens in Oklahoma City, OK 73102-9219. See QSC Expos for additional details. The OKC Community Quilt Guild, a lively group of African American Quilters, will offer a variety of make-it-take-it projects at this event.

    The quilt art of Beverly Kirk, President of OCK Community Quilt Guild, is featured in a national exhibit curated by Dr.Carolyn Mazloomi entitled “The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama” The show will open Dec. 18, 2009 at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio, and will run through Dec. 18, 2010 before touring the country.

  2. I would like to join and do business with the foundation. Yet, am in Ghana. Thank you.

  3. […] our special exhibits to the unique places where Quiltcon will be held, including working with the Clara Ford Foundation for next year’s event in […]

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