Stitch Buffalo's "Social Justice Stitched Stories" program is an art initiative designed to engage local students and community members with the organization's refugee women artists, staff, and volunteers in a collaborative textile arts project. In a process facilitated by diversity and inclusion professionals, participants are guided through an examination of social justice issues (such as racism, discrimination, gun violence, socioeconomic and educational inequity, xenophobia, cultural barriers, stereotyping, and mental health).
Based on these conversations, participants create “stitched stories,” reflecting their lived experiences. The final work will be shown in an exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery in December.
The first "class" of students in the Social Justice Stitched Stories program was from Buffalo State College. They developed and presented works pertaining to food access, textile waste, immigration, working conditions, and more. In the coming months, additional groups of participants will be joining the program from the WNY community at large, Niagara University, Buffalo State College, and National Federation for Just Communities.
This program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Services Inc.