The mission of the Anyone Can Fly Foundation is to expand
 the art establishment's canon to include master artists of the
African Diaspora and to introduce the Great Masters
of African American Art and their art traditions to kids
 as well as adult audiences. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3)
 charitable organization supported by people devoted to the visual arts.

The Foundation’s 2014
is the celebrated quilt historian, quilt maker, 
author, curator a and artist
Carolyn L Mazloomi, PhD.

video interview 6/29/2014

Carolyn L. Mazloomi (born August 22, 1948) is an American authorcurator and quilter. She is a strong advocate for presenting and documenting African-American-made quilts.

Carolyn L. Mazloomi is an artist, author, historian, and curator acknowledged as being among the most influential African American quilt historians in the United States.  She has produced an awe inspiring body of work, much of it containing references to African American life and history, as well as harkening back to a shared African ancestry.  Widely exhibited in the United States and internationally, her quilts have been included in five exhibitions at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery.  Her artwork can be found in numerous important museums and corporate collections, such as the Wadsworth Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Museum of Design, Bell Telephone, the Cleveland Clinic, and Exxon.  She has appeared on television shows such as CBS Morning Show, Reading Rainbow, The Today Show, CNN, and has been the subject of several film documentaries. Dr. Mazloomi is one of six artist commissioned to create artwork for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum.

Mazloomi was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to a family of amateur artists and painters. She graduated from Northrop University in Inglewood, California, and worked in Los Angeles as an aerospace engineer. In the early 1970s, she encountered an Appalachian quilt at a market in Dallas that began her passion for quilting. She continued her quilting experiments while earning her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from USC in 1984.[1]

Mazloomi is now retired from her job as an aerospace engineer and Federal Aviation Administration crash site investigator. She lives in Ohio with her family.

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