The Crystal Quilt was a performance on 10 May 1987 in Minneapolis, in which "430 women over the age of 60 gathered to share their views on growing older [...] It was the culmination of the Whisper Minnesota Project, a three-year public artwork empowering and giving a voice to older women. The process was consciously guided by a desire to represent diverse ethnic and social backgrounds alongside life experience and achievements, forming an active comment on the representation of older women in the media".
It was initiated by artists & cultural organisations and encouraged people to participate through organising & campaigning and a special event. Whisper Minnesota Project / The Crystal Quilt was regional in orientation and concerned with anti-discrimination, equality & social justice and participation.
It was launched in 1985 and ended in 1987. 430 people were involved.