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Community Ties

Community Ties, SDA’s January 2022 online conference, celebrates the many connections we share as artists and makers. Join us Saturday, January 22nd and 29th from 12-4pm ET for our main programming. Weekday programming includes Meet the Maker demos, meetups, and an SDA open house. The conference will be recorded and available through March 2022 for later viewing and for those with scheduling conflicts.

Lorna Hamilton-Brown is our featured speaker for the conference. Lorna is a UK-based artist working with social practice and community based art. A dedicated educator, researcher, knitwear designer, performer and video maker, her dissertation Myth: Black People Don’t Knit – the importance of art and oral histories for documenting the experiences of black knitters, questions the lack of visibility of black crafters and documents their hidden histories. Her presentation will share her family story as well as her community art projects in the UK.

Saturday programming also includes two panel presentations. The Cultural Ties panel explores the importance of community and heritage in making, with artists Roya Amigh, Tibi Chelcea, and Michael Sylvan Robinson. Material Ties is a discussion of the role of materiality in process and practice as reflected in the work of Natalya Khorover, Ben Cuevas and Amber Robles-Gordon. We’ll learn about Fulbright research experience in Korea: Field Notes from Aimee Lee and Steph Rue, experts in hanji and hand papermaking. SDA’s Solidarity! Journal Party will be a conversation with guest editor Precious Lovell, Journal Editor Elizabeth Kozlowski and featured contributors. Programming also includes a curator discussion from SDA’s winter Online Member Exhibition.

During It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere! on Saturday January 22, join SDA members Merill Comeau and Jodi Colella, educators and artists known for their fun and entertaining online conversations, to meet SDA peers and some of the many SDA grants and award winners.

Mid-week events include Meet the Maker artist demos with Jodi Colella, Youngmin Lee, Natalya Khorover and Lise Silva Gomes. Join us for SDA’s Open House, where participants can learn about Awards & Grants, opportunities for promotion, and other SDA programming. We are also pleased to offer language-specific and other meet-ups during the week.

Open to members and nonmembers, Community Ties includes more than 15 hours of programming spread across an entire week. See registration link for more details and pricing information.


Date(s): 01/22/2022 to 01/29/2022

Cost: See registration