Behind the Scenes at the DAM

Two More Opportunities to Contribute Your Blanket & Story for DAM Permanent Collection

Note: You can donate a blanket for Marie Watt's installation on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. Read below to learn about some of the fascinating blankets and stories we've received so far.

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Marie Watt is creating a blanket installation at the DAM with special blankets donated by the community. The first blanket drop off took place on July 19. It was incredible to see the blankets and hear the heartfelt stories that members of the community contributed. We received everything from an army blanket to a 30-year-old quilt. The daughter of the owner of the army blanket mentioned that her dad was also a potter and would have gotten a kick out of the fact that this old blanket would become part of an artwork to be permanently housed in the Denver Art Museum. Stories were not only shared at the blanket collection outside, but were continued up in Marie’s studio while visitors sewed together. Look at the photos of the owners, their blankets, and read their stories on the tags.

Jodie Gorochow is a special projects assistant for family and community programs in the education department at the Denver Art Museum. Jodie has been at the DAM since 2011 and her favorite artwork that has been on view here is Rain Has No Father by El Anatsui. She says the best part of her job at the museum is the opportunity to work with artists.