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 people to use their experiences and creativity to sew their worlds and how they see problems, and to create opportunities for growth and change.
Founded in 2016, the Social Justice Sewing Academy is an art program that bridges artistic expression with activism. By using textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion SJSA empowers youth to become agents of social change. We bring together artist-mentors, youth, and community members to learn and create through community centered projects. Using art as an organized methodology, we promote a model that actively engages in conversations with our surrounding community through the lens of contemporary art. We support youth to become civically engaged artists as they are challenged to tackle current social issues in their community that directly affect their lives.
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.