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Crafting Democracy: Fiber arts and Activism -  Hacker Hall Gallery, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County  •   Rochester, New York
Deadline:  June 1, 2018
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“Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism” explores how the confluence of craft, art and activism allows the public to respond to current events relating to race, religion, citizenship status, disability, gender and sexuality. After all, contemporary Craftivism “marries” a DIY, grassroots makers’ ethic with commemorative culture to reveal a unique relationship that is democratic, visual and rooted in the desire for social change.

Through Crafting Democracy, we call upon artists, crafts people, and makers to explore how the making of art and the creation of material objects can unite, divide, unsettle and uplift those who live in the United States. Thus, all submitted works must use fiber arts, drawing upon fiber as a keen metaphor reflecting our own social, human “fabric” that sees textiles as a tool to build community through participatory action.

Since Rochester, New York, was once home to the social-change icons of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony – and is the site of their final resting places at Mount Hope Cemetery –the co-curators especially invite works that explore the lasting and unfinished legacies of these renowned abolitionist and suffragist icons in the United States, and the role of craft activism in the Black Lives Matter and Women’s March movements. Of particular interest in this call are the ways in which craft is racialized and gendered throughout this country’s history.


Artists may submit up to three works for consideration. Each work may be considered separately, unless otherwise by the artist that the work should be shown as a single body of work.


Juilee Decker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Museum Studies Program
Hinda Mandell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Venue Info:
Hacker Hall Gallery, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
115 South Ave. 
Rochester, NY 14604
United States