Maggie Leininger currently teaches at DePaul University connecting students to the rich and varied permaculture of the Chicago art community. Previously, Leininger served as the Director of the International Honor Quilt at the University of Louisville. A collection of over 500 quilts, the International Honor Quilt was a community-engaged companion work to Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. In addition to designing an award winning exhibition of the collection, Leininger created numerous public programs and workshops with artists such as Suzanne Lacy. Publications related to this position include research focusing on the impact of second wave feminism and its role in the development of socially engaged practice. Previous academic service include teaching at Arizona State University, and Roosevelt University. Specializing in community engagement utilizing textile based techniques, Leininger has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships, and artist residencies. Notable artist residencies and fellowships include support from Kala Institute in Berkeley, CA, The Present Group in San Francisco, CA, Scottsdale Public Art Commission, the Kentucky Historical Society, Mansfield Institute of Social Justice, Illinois Arts Council, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Leininger has exhibited her work nationally including the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM, South Bend Museum of Art, and the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, IL.