San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Ashley Elieff , Volunteer Coordinator
520 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 971-0323

In 1977, members of the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association founded the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, the first museum in the United States to focus exclusively on quilts and textiles as a respected art form.

Our Mission

The mission of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is to share and celebrate the art and culture of textiles.

Volunteer Mission

Our mission is to create a community that connects, inspires, and educates through fiber art.

The staff and board of San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles believe that fabric holds an innate power to connect people of varied backgrounds. We are devoted to cultivating a welcoming space for all visitors across race, age, ethnicity, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, religion, geography, or culture.


SJMQT has partnered with organizations within the community to share art to families and connect people. The School of Arts and Culture in an on-going art kit giveaway as part of their drive-thru food distribution at Mexican Heritage Plaza. The art kits, with instructions in 3 languages, are meant to create inspiration and artistic relief during the pandemic. We also work with Veggielution, a unique community farm, with a mission to connect people from diverse backgrounds outdoors through food and farming to build community in East San José. Quilts as Women’s Shelter in partnership with Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association (SCVQA). This program serves women and children whose lives have been changed by domestic violence. This popular program is designed to provide participants with new skills and the sense of accomplishment and confidence that comes from the creative process and successfully exercising new skills.


We greatly appreciate those who give their time, energy and enthusiasm to the Museum. Currently, we need volunteers in visitor services, collections, and help with receptions and other events. We need inspired, passionate people to help create a memorable visitor experience.

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