Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism / Deadline June 1, 2018


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.

Through Crafting Democracy, the curators are calling 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.

For full call, see Eligibility: International call. Open to all artists regardless of location, media, or experience level.