Artist Statement: Originally, when I was contemplating themes to explore with my quilt, I found the process difficult due to a lack of familiarity with the topics. Thinking differently makes it hard to execute a project theme without prior research. Early in my schooling, my incapacity to understand as quickly as other students affected my academic achievements. When I entered the Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA) at Berkeley High school I finally began to understand my learning style and not struggle as much. My AHA moment came when I discovered I learn best through visual and graphic art which allows me to analyze material in a different way. A multi varied and visual interpretation of educational topics enabled me to understand core concepts on a deeper level. When I first started in the program I was only familiar with a few artistic mediums— watercolor, poetry, and embroidery. The approach to teaching English and History through the application of creativity allowed me to expand the number of mediums I can express myself through. Today my favorite mediums include collage, cut-outs, and rubber stamping, all of which I learned through the AHA program. Learning in the Arts Academy has enabled me to increase my proficiency in not only the mediums I’ve learned but also the ones I’ve loved— embroidery, textiles, and poetry. Therefore when I was thinking about my creation for the Social Justice Sewing Academy I knew I wanted to continue with the themes I’d been learning about in my academic studies. My fall final was an interdisciplinary project focused on social justice. It felt perfect to use this theme in my quilt because I had done the prior research to understand the theme in great detail. We were given the task to translate our research into an accordion book about how law, economics, and social policy perpetuate white privilege. My partner and I chose to focus on Educational Access because we felt that education is vital but discovered that not everyone is given the same type of fair education. Unfortunately, separate but equal was never equal to begin with. Today despite mandated integration in public schools, ‘separate’ persists and often amongst racialized lines. While no longer separate on paper, our educational system continues to be unequal. I worked intensely for weeks researching this reality. In this quilt I wanted to show the clear divide of education that a white child might receive and the education that a child of color might receive. When we consider the distribution of resources— teachers, counselors, staff, cleanliness of campus, quality of supplies, green spaces— we can see that white people continue to have an unequal advantage in access to education.