19th Amendment Project

Community Art for All

Cameron Art Museum - Wilmington, NC

August of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. Cameron Art Museum is commemorating this important milestone with a community project to celebrate women’s right to vote and to invite the discussion about the long-running battle for suffrage. Artists, quilters, and all are invited to become a part of this oversized document by helping create the actual words and letters of the 19th Amendment that will eventually be displayed at CAM in the time leading up to this year’s presidential election.

The 12’ wide by 16’ tall document will be made up of over 180 "tiles" of material. Participants choose to create a letter (while they last) or to write a short message. Letters (will be assigned) may be painted or quilted on the material. Messages will be short expressions proclaiming what the 19th Amendment or voting means to each participant. Packets are $15. Each packet contains a single tile, full instructions for the project, a copy of the 19th Amendment, and a “Votes for Women” button. Also included is information about the 19th Amendment with links to some of the women who played key roles in the movement leading up to ratification and those who continued fighting for suffrage following ratification. To connect with art inside our museum building, there will also be a brochure for our exhibition She Persists which features 100 works by women artists.

Application Guidelines

All proposal submissions and payment of entry fees are conducted via application form. Prior to submission, please direct questions to September Krueger at lifelonglearning@cameronartmuseum.org

Packet pickup for 19th Amendment Project is available at CAM’s Visitor Services Desk on Friday, September 11 from 11 AM-2 PM and beginning Saturday, September 12 daily from 10 AM-5 PM. Except closed on Mondays, open Thursdays until 9 PM.

Deadline to return completed title to CAM: Friday, September 25, 2020 by noon

STORY TILES: Extended until Sunday, September 27, 2020 until 5 PM

Registration for Letter Tiles

Registration for Story Tiles


Letter Tiles
Your design may be any color, or multi-color. Please consider creating color on the background as well, as long as the contrast allows for easy reading from a distance outside. You want your letter to show up!

Letter Tiles: What kind of paint can I use?
You can stamp, paint, and draw with a variety of materials. Acrylics (Golden, Windsor Newton, and other), sharpies, and acid free inks work well. Your tile will be sealed with a clear acrylic before being attached to the banner. Permanent marker may also be used. Remember, the banner will be hanging outside in the elements.

Letter Tiles: How do I sew or stitch material?
Tyvek is strong and flexible enough to sew with your machine; however, keep in mind when the needle goes through the paper, it will leave a hole behind. Do not use a fusible web to attach your fabric - Tyvek will melt!

How will I know which letter to create?
CAM will assign letters and you will find it in your packet. Letter tiles are limited in quantity.

Story Tiles
A short message or phrase or the name of an inspirational woman from the suffragist movement. Story or message tiles will be black permanent marker on the white Tyvek tile. To get your writing bold enough to show, we suggest a Sharpie Black Permanent Marker with a Chisel Tip. Remember to keep your writing away from the edges. These story tiles will create a border around the text of the 19th Amendment on the banner.

Why are we using Tyvek?
Tyvek has a unique combination of lightweight strength, durability, foldability, tear, puncture, and water resistance. Bright white with a smooth surface, Tyvek works well with markers, pens, and acrylic paint. Tyvek is a spunbonded material made from high-density polyethylene fibers randomly laid and compressed to form a remarkably tough substrate which can resist repeated folding and flexing without tearing, and can be glued, laminated, sewn, stapled, and fixed. It can withstand outdoor exposure from one to three month, and it is 100% recyclable just like plastic bottles. Click here for more information.

Should I waterproof my tile?
Weatherproofing, if deemed necessary, will be done by CAM Staff.

How do I get my tile after online signup and purchase?
We will offer early curbside pickup on Friday, September 4 from 11 AM-2 PM and 4-6 PM. You may also choose to have your tile mailed to you. When CAM is allowed to re-open, you pick up at CAM's front desk.

May I do this with a group?
Yes, it is great to collaborate with friends, family, neighbors, and classmates. It is a great time to have the conversation about why we vote and who fought for our right to vote.

How and when do I return my completed tile?
Your finished tile must be recieved at CAM by Friday, September 25 at noon. You may drop it by our Visiter Services desk (call for re-opening hour first) or mail to CAM, attn: 19th Amerndment Project, 3201 S. 17th Steet, Wilmmington, NC 28412. Please allow time for mail delivery.

How can I help if I don't create a tile?
Assembly of tiles (if you are a sewer, sticher, or seamstress of any degree, then your help will be important - watch for call for volunteers), spread the word about the project using your voice and social media, or visit our She Persists exhibition when the museum re-opens.

"Women should be someone and not something." - Mary Cassatt, one of the over 50 artists in She Persists

Women's Suffrage Parade, 1917

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