Gallery 901 exhibits strive to increase awareness around pressing social issues to a diverse audience. We present exhibits of community artists and groups which celebrate the affirmative impact of the creative process, and which encourage positive social change. The artists, groups, and organizations highlight healing or transformational components to their artwork. Gallery 901 is an inclusive gallery that welcomes all audiences including those who may not frequent art spaces.
Woven Stories are weavings from the workshops of The We Were Never Alone Project. The We Were Never Alone Project are a weaving workshops for domestic violence victims and survivors led by survivor and textile artist, Bryana Bibbs. These workshops have taken place throughout Illinois at galleries and local community art spaces.
During these free limited-participant workshops, participants weave on a cardboard loom with traditional and non-traditional materials, but most importantly they share their stories amongst a group of people who understand their stories. The mission of the project is to eliminate the stigma of being a victim and survivor of domestic violence. So often there is a significant amount of victim shaming and blaming once victims and survivors come forward with their stories. Therefore, the goal of this project is to create a safe, supportive, judgement-free community while creating woven art.
Woven Stories showcases each participants personality and story through the use of color, texture, and found objects/materials.
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