The Arlington Center for the Arts is thrilled to present:
«The Age of Craftivism: An Evening with Jayna Zweiman, Creator of the Pussyhat Project»
Wednesday, January 24th, 7:30-9:00pm
Arlington Town Hall (730 Mass Ave)
Q&A with Jayna: 7:30-8:30pm l Reception: 8:30-9:00pm
This event is FREE & unticketed!
More info: acarts.org/age-of-craftivism
** Have your own «craftivist» creation? Bring it with you on January 24 to be part of a public display at the event! **
About the project:
What started as a simple means of protest, participation and solidarity has become an iconic global symbol of political activism. And it all started with two sticks and a ball of yarn.
In late 2017, artist and architect Jayna Zweiman was rehabbing from a serious injury. Unable to work or engage in strenuous physical activity, Jayna took up knitting as something low-impact she could do while sitting and recuperating. While taking knitting classes at the Little Knittery, a local yarn store near her home in Los Angeles, Jayna struck up a friendship with aspiring screenwriter and fellow knitting novice Krista Suh.
During many lengthy conversations in knitting circles, the two women found common ground in their passion for women’s rights and the inspiration they found in the pro-women’s rights language of the pending Women’s Marches.
Soon, the need for a hat to keep a head warm became an idea to create a sea of pink hats that would make both a bold and powerful visual statement of solidarity, and also allow people who could not participate in any formal Marches – whether for medical, financial, or scheduling reasons, a visible way to demonstrate their support for women’s rights. The Pussyhat Project was born.
Join the Arlington Center for the Arts on January 24 to learn more about the inception of this important «craftivist» project that has inspired millions of people across the country.
(Header image credit: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)