December 3, 5pm-9pm
Free Your Mind is a public textile social justice art project aiming to collect, exhibit, embed and release personal narratives about Microaggressions in a textile art piece created by artist Theda Sandiford.
Microaggressions are subtle, intentional — and oftentimes unintentional — everyday interactions or behaviors that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial messages or assumptions toward historically marginalized groups. The weight of these daily interactions underpins very real consequences... stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt and ultimately feelings of powerlessness and invisibility.
This project intends to expose these interactions and provide a release for the participating individuals. Participants are invited to write a story about a microaggression they have experienced onto a ribbon and tie this ribbon onto a net to release this story from their personal narrative.
The story ribbons will ultimately be woven into a protective blanket, keeping a public record of these disempowering interactions that can later be exhibited and talked about.
Art 150 Common Area, 2nd Floor
150 Bay Street
Jersey City, NJ
The Common Area on the 2nd Floor is is part of the studio complex at 150 Bay Street.
NOTE: Entrance lobby for the 2nd floor studios is separate from that for the residential units of 150 Bay and can be found at the NE corner of the building, at the corner of 1st St. and Provost St.