The SJSA Remembrance Project
SJSA Remembrance Project is a quilt block community art project that will provide activist art banners for local and national activist organizations who have requested creative statements to be publicly displayed that represent solidarity as well as remembrance. These artivism blocks will honor the lives of individuals through symbolism and portrait. Their names and identities will be displayed during community activism events reminding the world that their lives mattered.
The blocks have 4 general category types on the banners which include murder by:
Authority: Police brutality or murder, security guard, prison guard, etc.
Community: Victims of gang violence, neighborhood or family violence/murder, drive by shootings, etc.
Race: Hate crimes, racially motivated murder, etc.
Gender and Sexuality: Violence against LGBTQI+, domestic violence, “missing, murdered Indigenous women,” etc.
SJSA will send you the name of an individual who was murdered in a politically or racially motivated manner. You will design and create an unquilted memorial block to finish at 20”x24” (unfinished 22”x26)
The only parameters are:
1. Keep the contrast between the name and your background high.
2. While the name is mandatory we encourage you to learn more about the individual and include symbolism.
3. The name must be included in a way that it can be read from a distance.
4. Orientation of the block should be portrait (20” wide x 24” tall finished)
5. Do not quilt the block but feel free to embroider, appliqué, use fusible interfacing or glue (as long as all fabric pieces are secured to the block)
6. The blocks will be assembled into banners to be used by community organizations in public demonstrations as they work to bring attention to the injustices faced people and communities nationwide.
Please reach out to Teresa, at email@example.com for more information or help!
Follow this project on instagram at @sjsa_remembrance project