25 MILLION STITCHES – ONE STITCH FOR EACH OF THE 25 MILLION REFUGEES
Sewing Circle at monca
Sunday, October 6th, 11 AM – 1 PM
Chico, CA – A sewing circle to raise awareness about the global refugee crisis will be held at monca on Sunday, October 6, 11 am-1 pm. The goal of “25 Million Stitches” is one stitch for each of the 25 million refugees. Panels and materials will be provided with instructions on how to participate.
25 Million Stitches is a community art installation. Volunteers are asked to join over 1000 participants from 41 states to hand stitch on fabric panels. When the panels are returned fully or partially stitched, they will be assembled into an installation along with the first names of all the participants. The first full installation will be at the Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento in 2020.
Over 25 million people across the globe have been forced to flee their homelands from natural disasters, war, genocide and other grave threats. Here in Chico, we see the struggles of those who are displaced by the Camp Fire that ravaged Paradise, CA. Last week the New York Times reported that 7 million people are displaced from extreme weather just in the first half of 2019.
How does making 25 million stitches help refugees? The founder, Jennifer Kim Sohn, one of the artists in “Points of Departure,” monca’s current exhibition, believes that “stitching is a way for us to engage with this global crisis instead of ignoring it.” And even though no single stitch can fully represent an individual, the act of stitching and the resulting work will help bring attention to the scale of the crisis.
Admission to the event is free.