The Immigrant Yarn Project

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The Immigrant Yarn Project - the nation’s largest yarn-based work of public art in honor of our rich immigrant history.

Fort Point Historical Site, San Francisco, CA - May 2019

Hundreds of artist / knitter / activists from around the country are collaborating in a single, magnificent gesture of unity, solidarity, and yarn-based creativity in a celebration of our nation's glorious diversity.  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. 


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Countless small squares and pieces have come into the studio, and more knitted by immigrants and their descendants arrive everyday. From high schools to retirement centers, from California to Maine, we have collected these works of art, representing a personal or familial story. The pieces are compiled, sewn together and fashioned into over 100 sculptural columns, in 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 different and as magnificent as the sum of its parts.

The Immigrant Yarn Project has the public support of US senators like Kamala Harris, organizations such as the Museum of Craft and Design, and countless individuals. 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),