Threads of Remembrance : Dallas Metroplex Chapter of the NAMES Project

The Dallas Chapter worked under the umbrella of the Foundation for Human Understanding, until it was able to gain non-profit status on its own. The Chapter worked closely with Dallas LGBT organizations, such as the Dallas Gay Alliance, to plan Quilt displays and create educational programming for the community. The Dallas Chapter established a relationship with the White Rock Community Church, early on, where they rented a space for a panelmaking workshop, where community members could seek assistance in creating panels. The Dallas Chapter also committed to publishing a quarterly newsletter, “The Seam Line,” which reported about Chapter meetings and upcoming events, as well as making requests for volunteers and supplies. In 1994-5, the Chapter sponsored major displays of the Quilt at Market Hall, and in 1996, their focus went to the national display in Washington, D.C.

In 1996, the Chapter underwent major changes when the Chapter Chair was asked to resign, by the national office, and many members of the Steering Committee chose to leave at the same time. Over the next year, remaining members worked to fill empty positions and revitalize their organization with new volunteers, more frequent meetings, and a new focus. After this reorganization of the Chapter, they focused their efforts on smaller displays at schools and community centers, in order to better connect with locals, harbor stronger connections for collaborations, and utilize their funds more responsibly.

The Chapter continued with their mission through a difficult time for the national organization, when the NAMES Project Foundation headquarters moved from San Francisco to Atlanta in 2002. During this time, the organization placed greater limits on the Chapters in terms of fundraising and raised costs for Chapters to host Quilt blocks. With this, about ten Chapters nationwide decided to disband. The Dallas Chapter agreed to the new terms in 2002, but the organization only remained in existence through 2003, at which point it disbanded.