A Syracuse organization is making it their mission to stitch change into the fabric of the community.

As part of their symposium series, Community Folk Art Center is hosting a celebratory reception on Jan. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 805 E. Genesee St. for the Social Justice Sewing Academy’s “Active Repair” exhibit.

Founded in 2017 by Sara Trail, SJSA is a local nonprofit that uses textile art to promote and enact social change.

SJSA focuses on memorializing the legacy of individuals tragically killed or impacted by social injustice. Through artwork, the academy’s students are taught fabric cutting and quilt making, as a form of empowerment and self-expression.

Art work created by SJSA students for the “Active Repair” exhibit on display at CFAC in Syracuse, New York. Photo courtesy of Julie McMahon.

The “Active Repair” exhibit began on Dec. 12, and will run through Feb. 17. It includes a collection of quilts created by students on display for visitors to view.

On Jan. 28, SJSA invites participants to a day-long workshop. All attendees will create a personalized social justice quilt block.

Visit Social Justice Sewing Academy to learn more about the organization and their ongoing work.

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