Did you know that even a simple creative act can inspire major social change? Discover how activist knitting (and a little crochet) has tackled some of the largest social issues in recent history. In this program led by mixed-media artist (and former lawyer) Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, you will learn about the roots of fiber art activism and how casual knitters, artists, and entire communities across the nation have come together to speak out for their rights and the rights of others.  From the AIDS Memorial Quilt to the Women’s March “pussy hats,” we’ll see how a single craftsperson can inspire a national movement.  

Eve Jacobs-Carnahan’s interest in activism stems from her background as a lawyer, having served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Vermont from 1990-2018.  Several years ago, Eve launched Knit Democracy Together, a collaborative art project combining knitting circles and discussion about the U.S. electoral system in order to demystify the electoral process and stimulate action.  She believes that the domestic and comforting qualities of yarn and knitting make it particularly well-suited to communicating messages about difficult topics.

Program attendees are welcome (and encouraged) to bring their knitting! 

As always, History Happy Hours include happy hour drinks and snacks.

For accommodation requests, please contact the museum via email or at 301-774-0022.

Registration is required. $20 to attend in person, $15 to attend via Zoom. VIP (table for 4) $100. Museum members 20% off. Not a member? Become a member today!

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Add to Calendar 20221130 America/New_York 17901 Bentley Road Silver Spring MD 21060 History Happy Hour: Art as Activism: Knitters Speaking Out