Happy 1st Birthday to the Social Justice Sewing Academy !
To celebrate we have a recap of our first year -- where SJSA transformed into an established nonprofit organization from a short-term project.
WHERE WE STARTED
Then, we added on two weeks of summer workshops in Chicago.
We began as a six-week summer program in Berkeley in 2016.
SJSA continued evolving once Sara relocated to Cambridge, MA to attend Harvard Graduate School. At Harvard, Sara created and implemented a month-long SJSA programming class of 11th and 12th graders at the Cambridge school of Weston.
As workshops occurred more frequently throughout multiple high schools in Cambridge, one student caught a sewing bug. Bianca, a 17-year-old high school senior, enjoyed the SJSA workshop so much that she asked Sara if she could make an entire quilt in addition to the quilt block she and other students had made in the workshop. Sara gathered the resources and fabric together for Bianca immediately so she could see what path her creativity would take her! Inspired by the alphabet, Bianca’s quilt is entitled, "Activist ABCs" and features images, issues and concepts she cares about. Her inspiration is the icing on SJSA’s birthday cake. We couldn't be more thrilled!
In a world of uncertainty and uneasy policies, laws, regulations, biases, stereotypes, assumptions, and prejudices what are we to do? In a world full of isms: racism, sexism, ableism, classism and so much more, what are we to do?
SJSA empowers young adults to use their experiences and intelligence and creativity to sew their worlds and how they see problems, and opportunities for growth and change.
Intrigued, and want to celebrate with us? You can give us a birthday present by getting involved in any of these three ways:
1. Embroider a block- Hand embroider a quilt block that has been cut and glued down by a youth in a SJSA workshop.
2. Donate fabric or materials -- anything sewing related is appreciated and all donations are tax deductible!
3. Contact us to host a workshop or host a quilt show! We would love to help groups of young people who could benefit from SJSA.