C21: Stitch Your Name Into KQED History

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Architectural rendering of the upper lobby Timeline Wall display
Architectural rendering of the upper lobby Timeline Wall display (EHDD)

As we near the finish line of Campaign 21, our nearly decade-long effort to transform KQED operations and renovate our headquarters, we’re excited to celebrate the community that sustains us. KQED’s headquarters will not only be the place where we work, but also a place to host live programs and partner with our community. Regardless of what brings you to our new space, visitors will surely notice a series of beautifully designed donor recognition walls that both honor our donors and tell a story. 

A design sketch of the Donor Tapestry Wall
A design sketch of the Donor Tapestry Wall (EHDD)

The Community Tapestry Wall in the new entry lobby of 2601 Mariposa Street weaves together colorful threads on stretched canvas to represent the many donor names giving $2,601 to $9,999 who helped raise a literal new roof and launch a new era at KQED.

Donor names will be listed alphabetically and colored according to donation level. This installation is being made by Barbara's Embroidery, a custom embroidery shop located in the Potrero Hill district in San Francisco. Barbara Zerbe has been creating, sewing, and embroidering for over 50 years; with over 20 years on Tajima machines. A dedicated artist and small business owner, she brings expertise, passion and humor to all her custom work.

Sample of tapestry embroidery showing different thread colors and sample names.

Campaign 21 donors of $10,000 and more will be individually  honored in satin finish on a large brushed aluminum wall.  The C21 Donor Wall will be prominently located in the upper lobby, where all visitors travel through on their way to reception, and a space designed for donor receptions and gatherings before public programs in the new Commons. There are also opportunities to recognize donors on our new state-of-the art radio studios, video edit suites, voice over booths and other production spaces.

For those of you that have already given to Campaign 21, we hope you’ll come and see your name in community with your fellow donors! If you have yet to make a gift, there’s still time to join us! 

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Thank you for the critical support from our KQED community, past, present and always.