Who is Marla Arna Jackson?
Marla Arna Jackson is a community-based visual art educator. Her works have been exhibited in over thirty five national and international venues, including the American Folk Art Museum.
One of her most famous works is part of the permanent collection at Smithsonian's Anacostia Community. Jackson's narrative quilts are inspired by the oral histories of her ancestors and the Kansas region. Jackson is partnered with Freedom Frontier's Heritage Area.
Jackson has been featured in the Kansas History Society Quarterly, Threads of Faith, MS Magazine, Speaking Out of Turn Magazine, PBS programs, local and regional syndicated press, and exhibit catalogs. Marla's company, Marla Quilt's Inc. African American Museum and Textile Academy, is an impetus for developing artistic skills, enhancing individual and communal expression, and furthering intellectual awareness.
Jackson donates art supplies and her expertise to Liberty Memorial Central Junior High School in Lawrence, Kansas.