Wed, 06/03/2015 – Sun, 10/11/2015

Trexler Hall

Woven Welcome, a community-based art project, utilized the woven rug as a statement of the ways in which individuals are interconnected. In December, artist Jill Odegaard began making segments with a wide variety of groups throughout the Lehigh Valley. Odegaard and the Museum together with our community partner, Via of the Lehigh Valley—a nonprofit human service agency dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities— invited all members of the community to participate in Woven Welcome.

From June 3 to October 11, 2015, the results of Woven Welcome’s collaborations were on view as an art installation in the Museum. This exhibition also included a loom on which everyone was welcome to weave and contribute to this remarkable hands-on work. As more segments were completed in the Museum and out in the community they were added to the in-process work.

For information on how you or your group can participate in this project, contact Julia Marsh, the Museum’s Curator of Community Engagement, at 610-432-4333 ext. 136 or via email at JMarsh@allentown-art-museum.local.

You can also sign up here for a free workshop to learn how to work the loom and bring Woven Welcome in your group or organization.


(photos by Marco Calderon)

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