Creating the Art Float – Tam Makers – May 2018 – Photo – 14

Some cool Maker Projects images:

Creating the Art Float – Tam Makers – May 2018 – Photo – 14
Maker Projects
Image by fabola
We are creating an Art Float for Social Change at Tam Makers, to inspire more people to participate in democracy.

Our parade float features Mother Earth and a circle of hands, pulled by the colorful dragon Quetzy. Young activists will sing and speak about social change — and artists will share their ideas on our spinning carousel. They want you all to vote, speak up and create a better world!

This community art project was created by over a hundred volunteers at Tam Makers, led by Fabrice Florin and Geo Monley, with the generous support of Good Earth, Mill Valley Community Action Network and Tamalpais High School.

The Art Float for Social Change will reach out to youth and people of color through art, music and technology. We will present this art show on Earth Day, Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades in Marin — and throughout California this fall, to encourage people to vote in the next elections.

View more photos of the Art Float:

Learn more about the Art Float:

Sarah Corbett ‘Gentle Protest’ exhibition Stockholm 13th Aug-19th Sept 2015 Stockholm
Maker Projects
Image by craftivist collective
“If we want our world to be more beautiful, kind & just, then our activism should be beautiful, kind & just”

Gentle Protest is the first solo exhibition by craftivist and artist Sarah Corbett. With the aim to show that protest does not always have to be aggressive, Corbett uses craft (embroidery) as a powerful tool to tackle her concerns and create slow, quiet, thoughtful and compassionate activism as a catalyst for long term positive change in our world. This exhibition explores how craft can be a powerful, change-making instrument to add to the toolbox of activism.

Corbett founded the Craftivist Collective in London in 2009. It was born out of a growing desire to create craftivism projects that used craft as the tool and activism as the priority. Now a global community and social enterprise, the Craftivist Collective provides products & services for individuals & organisations to help them pursue effective craftivism. Corbett’s work is highly regarded by professional campaigners, academics & art institutions around the world.

Born in Liverpool in 1983 Corbett has been an activist since the age of 3. Elected Head Girl at school she won lockers for pupils and she continued her campaigning at university on global issues. After graduation she had a career in campaigning for large global charities including Oxfam. In 2008 Corbett began to doubt the effectiveness of traditional and potentially hostile methods of activism. She saw how using craft as a tool could address many of her concerns and reach newer and wider audiences. Influencing activism inside and outside the charity sector she has worked as a craftivism consultant for large charities such as Unicef and Save the Children. A global speaker she has taught her craftivism approach and methodology at universities across the world and has worked in collaboration with V&A, Tate, Secret Cinema and Tatty Devine amongst others.

During the exhibition, Sarah Corbett will facilitate a Wellmaking Clinic where the visitors can book a 30 mins appointment receive a unique letterpress printed prescription slip at the end of your session with recommendations to help you on your journey as a good global citizen.
For more information or to book your free appointment email [email protected]

Workshops during the exhibition:
Stitchable Change-makers
6pm-8pm Wednesday 19th August. Book tickets here.

Complete a letterpress printed stitchable dot-to-dot card and, as you reveal the face of your chosen change-maker, reflect on the values threaded through them and their lives, and challenge yourself to think about how you can connect the values threaded through you to your daily actions and decisions.

Craftivist Footprint
6pm-8pm Wednesday 26th August. Book tickets here.

Stitch a canvas footprint to help you find the wisdom that inspires you to walk through life as a good global citizen. Keep your footprint as a physical reminder to keep changing our world one stitch at a time…

‘Don’t Blow It’ hanky
6pm-8pm Wednesday 2nd Sept. Book tickets here.

Stitch a message on a handkerchief as a gift. Place your message under the nose of someone who could seriously influence positive change & help them to do so with your hanky as a gentle nudge.

Mini Protest Banner
6pm-8pm Wednesday 9th Sept. Book tickets here.

Fly solidarity’s flag for those suffering as a result of the world’s injustices. Craft your own banner, turn heads & influence change.

The exhibition is open Wednsday 6pm-8pm, Thurs-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 11am-5pm.


Convert Capitol Avenue Week in Downtown Lansing Photo by Michigan Municipal League
Maker Projects
Image by Michigan Municipal League (MML)
Capitol Avenue in downtown Lansing traverses some of the most important buildings in Michigan, including the state’s Capitol, Lansing City Hall and sky rises containing offices of state legislators.

It’s often the location of marches, parades and rallies. Despite all that, the one-way, six-lane-wide Capitol Avenue is clearly for cars, not people. However, a group of placemaking-focused individuals, led by the Michigan Municipal League, is hoping to change that.

The League, in partnership with the City of Lansing and Downtown Lansing, Inc., is organizing “Convert Capitol Avenue Week”—a series of activities and events July 27-31 to show how a lively, interactive, people-focused street can happen on Capitol Avenue.

“We’ve been studying Capitol Avenue for a while for its potential as a valuable public space in downtown,” said Samantha Harkins, President of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. “This Convert Capitol Avenue Week is to help get the conversation started about how Capitol Avenue can become the heart of downtown Lansing’s public space.”

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city has made tremendous improvements to Washington Square’s business district to make it more attractive and pedestrian-friendly, and it makes sense to also focus on Capitol Avenue as one of the city’s premiere public spaces.

“The Michigan Capitol Building is a great anchor institution, and people often drive by without a glance because the road is designed to move traffic quickly through the area rather than accommodating walking, biking and expanded public use of the surrounding spaces,” Bernero said. “It can feel intimidating for people to cross Capitol Avenue from City Hall to the Capitol, and I believe we’re missing an opportunity to capitalize on this area. Convert Capitol Avenue Week will help people see the tremendous possibilities for making this key part of our community a more accessible and welcoming public gathering spot.”

Harkins said the League is taking the lead on this street project because of its potential, its high visibility to state lawmakers and decision makers, and the fact that the League’s Lansing office is located along Capitol Avenue in the Christman Building at 208 N. Capitol. Making Capitol Avenue more pedestrian and community friendly also is in line with the League’s long-time focus to create places that people love.
Activities planned for July 28-31 include a temporary street transformation of Capitol Avenue between Ottawa and Allegan streets. The west driving lane and parking lane will be closed to vehicle traffic to show how the street can better meet the diverse transportation needs of walkers, bikers and drivers.

Additional events planned are:

July 28 and July 29 – Park(ing) Days: Community partners will transform parking spaces into fun, creative parklets for enjoyment by the public.

July 30 – Farmers Market: A thriving marketplace that showcases Michigan food and agricultural products will set up shop on the east lawn of the Capitol Building.

July 31 – Fitness Friday: The Capitol lawn will spring to life with active recreation in the form of a yoga class and lawn games.

For additional information contact Samantha Harkins at [email protected], 517-908-0306, or the League’s Derek Tisler at [email protected], 517-908-0302. Check out the Convert Capitol Avenue webpage for details and the latest updates:

We would love to hear from you.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *