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Immigrant Yarn Project on display at historic Fort Point at the Presidio

As part of last year’s Preschool – GR 8 spring arts show, attendees took part in a hands-on art activity led by working artist and creative director of Enactivist Cindy Weil. Sacred Heart students, parents, and siblings crafted several brightly colored yarn pom-poms, which were then integrated with the works of 600 other contributors across the country into a large-scale installation—the Immigrant Yarn Project—celebrating stories of immigration. 
 
A true and inspiring product of crowd-sourced art, the Immigrant Yarn Project “features knitted and crocheted yarn contributions made by over 600 participants from across the country representing generations of immigrants from every corner of the world — and including contributions from homeless communities, seniors, students, LGBTQ, Native Americans, and even a Former Secretary of State. Each submission, both big and small, carries a personal immigration story, made into visual art by the colors and patterns, flags designs, words, or symbols. They seek to represent families, heritage, and the journeys, whether recent or generations ago, that brought these knitters and crocheters to the United States of America. The project embodies and celebrates both our shared immigrant story and our citizenry in a nation composed of diverse backgrounds, families, politics, faiths, identities, and ideas.” (Excerpted from exhibition release.)

The Immigrant Yarn Project installation is on exhibit at the historic Fort Point in the Presidio of San Francisco now through May 19, after which it will travel to several locations throughout the U.S. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Learn more here.
 
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