Department of Cultural Affairs NYCulture City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs NYCulture City of New York

Percent for Art

   Faith Ringgold

The Crown Heights Children's Story Quilt, Painted Quilt, 1996


The Crown Heights Children's Story Quilt

Completion Date:



Painted Quilt


9' x 12'


P.S. 22


433 St. Mark's Avenue, Brooklyn


Perkins & Will

Sponsor Agency:

Board of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

The design of Faith Ringgold's quilt for P.S. 22 is intended to inspire growth and understanding of the many cultures that are part of the Crown Heights community historically and in the present day. The artist researched folktales from the various cultures of the surrounding neighborhood and then painted scenes from these folktales into the quilt which hangs in the library of the school. The 12 folktales pictured in the quilt are Anansi Stories (Jamaican), The Negro Speaks of Rivers and We Wear the Mask (West Africa), The Ghost of Peg Leg Peter (Dutch), The Banza (Haitian), The Winged Head (Algonquin), Bright Morning Runs East (Mohawk), Catherine the Wise (Italian), The Rainbow-Colored Horse (Puerto Rican), Sea and Mountain Spirits (Vietnamese), Which is Witch (Korean), and The Lost Princess which is a Jewish folktale.

About the Artist...
Faith Ringgold is a painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist, and author who lives in La Jolla, California and Englewood, New Jersey. She has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She has completed public art commissons for the New York City Arts for Transit Program at the 125th Street IRT Station and Hostos Community College in the Bronx. She is the author of five children's books including the award winning Tar Beach.

Artist Quote...
Each culture has its own stories that help you learn about the people. And when you get all these people together, you benefit from their positive side. You benefit from the greatness of their cultures. -- Ringgold, 1996