What is the immigrant yarn project?

The Immigrant Yarn Project is a purely democratic (by the people) and colossal work of public art, representing a cross section of the American experience. We think it's time to rise above division and come together to celebrate what we all have in common—citizenry in a nation composed of diverse backgrounds, families, politics, faiths, identities and ideas. 


Countless squares, pieces, pompoms and blankets knitted by immigrants and their descendants arrive in our studio daily. From high schools in California to retirement centers in Maine, we have collected these works of art - each representing a personal or familial story. The pieces are compiled, sewn together and fashioned into over 100 sculptural columns, comprising a single colossal work of yarn-based art. First displayed at Fort Point National Historic Site, at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in May 2019, and then in locations throughout the USA, the Immigrant Yarn Project will provide a testament to the creative spirit of our shared immigrant heritage.  It is a celebration of our national gestalt, where the whole is as different and magnificent as the sum of its parts.


The Immigrant Yarn Project is so proud to have the support of thousands of people and organizations across the country - including US senators Kamala Harris and Diane Feinstein, organizations such as the Museum of Craft and Design, and countless individuals. (Here is a fuller list of some of our Friends and Supporters.)  It is a much-beloved, high-profile project that addresses one of the most important issues of the moment in a beautiful and unifying way. Visiting the Immigrant Yarn Project will be free in all locations, underwritten by our generous sponsors. The Immigrant Yarn Project is organized by Enactivist, a San Francisco-based 501(c)(3), 

Meet the Team behind IYP

The Immigrant Yarn Project is a creative collaboration that includes over 500 (and counting) contributors. Without the generous help of these creative activists, we wouldn't have a project, but there is also this handful of people organizing behind the scenes: