All-America City quilt will visit Noblesville Feb. 24 as part of tour

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        The 2010 All-America City quilt will land in Noblesville Feb. 24 as part of a 25-city tour in which each of the communities that participated in the annual civic recognition program gets an opportunity to display the finished patchwork.

     “To me the quilt is a vibrant illustration of what is working in American communities,” said National Civic League (NCL) President Gloria Rubio-Cortes, who noted that each of the 25 communities named All-America City finalists in 2010 added an individual square to the quilt.

               The quilt became an instant tradition in 2007, when Rubio-Cortes came up with the idea of asking participants to contribute individual squares depicting something about their respective communities.

           First stop on the national tour was Chandler, Ariz., a community that combined basic infrastructure needs with the goals of sustainability and neighborhood revitalization when it sited a popular Environmental Education Center at new water treatment facility.  The quilt will visit 19 states before during the next year, making its final stop in Middleton, Wis. 

“Quilts are an important part of documenting our history,” noted the nonprofit president, who happens to be an avid quilter. “The All-America City quilt honors the people from the 25 communities who told their stories and pledged to make their communities stronger, better and safer places to live.”

Now in its 62nd year, the All-America City Award program has recognized more than 600 communities (neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties and regions) across the nation, some five times.  Sandra Freedman, the former Mayor of Tampa, Florida who chairs the National Civic League Board of Directors, said, “The All-America Cities represent what is good and great about America.”

The flagship program of the National Civic League, the All-America City Awards recognizes communities that are problem solvers that demonstrate inclusiveness/diversity, cross sector collaboration, innovation, and community engagement. The All-America City Award is the nation’s oldest community recognition award. It was established under the leadership of pollster George Gallup when he served on the National Civic League Board of Directors.

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