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.