On November 5, The National Liberty Museum unveiled their new exhibition “Craftivism: Activism Through Craft” to the public. Blending “craft” and “activism,” craftivists use what have traditionally been seen as “domestic arts” -– such as knitting, crocheting, and embroidery -– as statements of power and protest, engaging often marginalized voices in social and critical discourse around issues of feminism, environmentalism, racism, politics, and more.
Craftivism brings together three installations organized and created by craftivist artist Shannon Downey. The three installations consist of: “It’s Nice to Meet Me,” “Badass Herstory (a global craftivist community arts project),” and the debut of Downey’s newest work “Exodus.” The exhibition will be on display until Spring 2022.
“Craftivism weaves together Shannon’s passions, ideals, and personal confessions in a powerful exploration of self. Through the accessible medium of craft, this exhibition fosters empathy and understanding while inspiring us all to engage in positive action and create lasting change through whatever means we have available,” said Meegan Coll, exhibitions manager. “We’re proud to be a facilitator of the conversations Shannon sparks through her inspiring work.”
Throughout opening weekend, on November 6 and 7, visitors to the Museum can take part in exclusive workshops from Philadelphia-area craftivists Omkari Williams (Saturday, 12 p.m.), Ellie Z (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.), and Bonnie MacAllister (Sunday, 11 a.m.). All workshops are free with general admission, and free for NLM Members.
From November 26, 2021 through January 2, 2022, the National Liberty Museum will host a Holiday Craftivism Marketplace to support local makers and industries. The market will be open during regular museum hours.
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