Creative Journeys: Celebrating the Art of Refugee Women in Western New York
Date(s) - 05/21/2022 - 08/20/2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Buffalo History Museum
- Buffalo Arts attraction
- Culture and art
- Culture and diversity
- Women Empowerment
Since 2014, Stitch Buffalo (501c3) has provided a welcoming space for refugee and immigrant women to connect and share their love of the textile arts.
Creative Journey is a celebration of that work and the textile traditions these women carried with them from Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Thailand, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Somalia, and beyond—including backstrap loom weaving, hand embroidery, beading, macrame, block-printing, and more.
We are proud to showcase the immense contribution these talented artists are making to the richness and diversity of Western New York’s cultural landscape.
Opening Celebration—May 21, 10:00am–2:00pm
Join us for our opening celebration to explore the exhibit and enjoy some special family-friendly events:
• Meet many of the artists behind these beautiful creations and see them at work—stitching, weaving, and more.
• Participate in a hands-on embroidery workshop.
• Shop our pop-up boutique for one-of-kind gifts and garments to support the artists and mission of Stitch Buffalo.
Exhibit—May 21 through August 20, 2022
Creative Journeys: Celebrating the Art of Refugee Women in Western New York will be on display at the Buffalo History Museum through August 20, during normal museum hours. Stitch Buffalo products are also available in the museum shop. On Saturdays, backstrap loom weaving demonstrations will be presented at the History Museum by women from Stitch Buffalo’s Refugee Women’s Workshop.
The museum is just east of Elmwood Avenue and off of Nottingham Terrace, north of the Scajaquada Expressway, in the northwest corner of Delaware Park. The Stitch Buffalo exhibit is located in the second-floor gallery space.
BONUS: During your visit, you may also wish to enjoy the Marie Watt exhibit. Marie Watt is an American artist and member of the Seneca Nation of Indians who also has German-Scot ancestry. Her interdisciplinary work (much of which is textile-based) draws from history, biography, Iroquois proto-feminism, and Indigenous teachings. In it, she explores the intersection of history, community, and storytelling.
Supporters and Sponsors
This exhibit and all supporting activities are presented by Stitch Buffalo in partnership with: The Buffalo History Museum, New York State Council on the Arts, Arts Services Initiative of WNY, Erie County Cultural Funding, Providence Fund (Sisters of St. Francis), and M&T Bank.
To register for this event, please click here!