exploratorium

Drop-in Quilting for Change Workshop

With Social Justice Sewing Academy

Sunday, July 14, 2019 • 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Osher Gallery 1

Included with museum admission.

Note: This workshop is free with museum admission but has limited capacity.

Drop-in and learn about the power of textile arts as a vehicle for personal transformation and engagement with community and social change in this hands-on workshop. The educators and artists behind the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) will share basic techniques for crafting individual quilt blocks. Participants will have the opportunity to create blocks or add to collectively made blocks.

Founded in 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth-driven education program that bridges artistic expression and activism to advocate for socialjustice. SJSA empowers young people to become agents of socialchange by using textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion. Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons, and community centers across the country, many of our artists create art that explores issues of gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gentrification, and more. The powerful imagery youth create in cloth tells their stories, and these quilt blocks are then sent to volunteers around the world to embellish and embroider before being sewn together into quilts. This visual dialogue bridges differences in race, age, and socioeconomics and sparks conversations and action in households across the country, igniting a social revolution for change.