exploratorium

Quilting for Change Workshop

With Social Justice Sewing Academy

Saturday, June 15, 2019 • 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1

Included with museum admission.

Note: This workshop is free with museum admission but has limited capacity. Please sign up in advance by emailing cinemaarts@exploratorium.edu.


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. Led by the educators and artists behind the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA), participants will learn basic techniques for crafting individual quilt blocks. Using this knowledge, guests respond to prompts from SJSA to express themselves, while also reflecting on their community.

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.