“Crafting Democracy”, on display at the Central Library August 1- November 17, 2019.

Co-curated by Juliee Decker, Ph.D., Associate professor, Museum Studies Program at RIT, and Hinda Mandell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Communications at RIT

Crafting Democracy showcases how objects of material culture can provoke and engage everyday citizens, including those of marginalized identities, as productive tools in deliberative democracies. Craft can also aid those wanting their voices to be amplified through the process of making. The works on display in the Crafting Democracy exhibit come from Rochester-area residence of all ages along with that of art-activists (“craftivists”) from across the U.S. and abroad., who use the traditional tools of craft (yarn, thread, textiles) to make statements about socio-political, cultural, and economic issues that have engaged them, prompting them to turn to craft as a pathway to positive change, and a tool for enacting social justice.

To accompany the Crafting democracy exhibit, the Central Library will be hosting the following programs that focus on the fiber arts and activism.

August 2, 2019– Screening of the movie Yarn, 12-2 PM in the Kate Gleason Auditorium

August 21, 2019– Yarn installation at the former site of Corinthian Hall, 9-11 AM, corner of Main Street and Corinthian Street. (this event is NOT at the library)

*Participants can make craft contributions prior to the event.

  1. Knit or Crochet “swatches,” of any color, any yarn weight and yarn fiber, measuring 7”x7”
  2. Knit or Crochet flowers.
  3. Embroidery, any color or design, measuring 7”x7”

For more information about this event please visit the Crafting Democracy website HERE.

July 17, 2019– Craft It Forward: Craft Project Scarves with Sew Green Rochester 6- 7:30 PM in the Arts Division, Rundel Memorial Library Building.

*These scarves will be collected and put on display with the exhibit for people to take. Scarves can also be made at home and brought in to be a part of the exhibit until September 30 for more information see the Library website HERE.

Monday, September 16, 2019– Exhibit Opening Reception, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM in Harold Hacker Hall, Rundel Memorial Library Building. Panel discussion with some of the artists and the curators of the exhibit starts at 5 PM

Wednesday, September 25, 2019– “Art History & Activism” discussion with Eboni Jones, Art Librarian with the Memorial Art Gallery, 6:30-8 PM in Kusler-Cox Auditorium

Friday, October 4, 2019- Join us for a special First Friday viewing of the “Crafting Democracy” exhibit for the opening of the Citywide exhibition “Current Seen;” the Small-Venue Rochester Biennial for Contemporary Art. The biennial includes more than 20 exhibitions and events organized by both experienced and emerging curators spanning three generations. During this event, visitors are encouraged to visit the “Crafting Democracy” exhibit and also walk around downtown to many of the other exhibits that are a part of “Current Seen.” More information about “Current Seen” can be found at http://www.currentseen.org/

Saturday, October 5, 2019– Artist at Work: Alanna Wilcox, spinning wool, 12 noon -1:30 PM in Harold Hacker Hall, Rundel Memorial Library Building.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019– Book Discussion: Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater by Alanna Okun, 6:30-8 PM in the Kusler-Cox Auditorium. A limited number of copies of the book are available at the Arts-Literature Reference Desk, 1st floor, Rundel Memorial Building.

Saturday, October 12, 2019– Finger Knitting, 1-4 PM Children’s Center, Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building.