Illustration by Coral Díaz & Noelle Artigue

The Quilt: A Living History of African American Music

In the setting of the historic Carver Center in San Antonio, Texas, an aunt and her niece explore the history of African American music!

Aunt Cynthia, a music history buff, helps her niece Lauren learn about the music genres that were born and formed by African American history and culture. They cover a wide breadth, all the way from the times of slavery, to Negro Spirituals, Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, the Harlem Renaissance, Gospel, the Civil Rights movement, Soul and R&B, and Hip Hop. Cynthia works to inspire Lauren’s curiosity about these periods of history by continuously making it relevant to the music, and uses the layers of a quilt to explain how music of the past connects to the contemporary music that Lauren is most familiar with. By the end of the film, Lauren feels more empowered by the generational connections of music and culture she has learned. 

This educational documentary for children and adults is produced by Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW), a performing arts nonprofit in San Antonio, TX.

Local Red Carpet Premiere

Sunday 23 July 2023, 2 PM CT
Jo Long Theatre, Carver Community Cultural Center
226 North Hackberry Street, San Antonio, TX, 78202


Key Cast

Lauren Anya Jwahir Hunter

Lauren Anya Jwahir Hunter

Actress

Cynthia Freeman Gibbs

Cynthia Freeman Gibbs

Actress

Tanesha Payne

Tanesha Payne

Dance

Veronica Williams

Veronica Williams

Mezzo-soprano

Michael Sumuel

Michael Sumuel

Bass-baritone

Marc "Mockingbird" Smith

Marc "Mockingbird" Smith

Voice & Guitar

Aaron Prado, DMA

Aaron Prado, DMA

Piano, Composer

Ron Wilkins

Ron Wilkins

Trombocalist (Trombone & Vocals)

Beverly Houston

Beverly Houston

Vocals

Andrea Vocab Sanderson

Andrea Vocab Sanderson

Vocals, Poetry

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Quilt Merchandise

Get yourself some “Quilt” merch featuring the graphics designed specifically for the film by artists Coral Díaz and Noelle Artigue! All purchases support Musical Bridges Around the World’s nonprofit programs and operations.

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