CROCHET JAM
Crochet Jam Classes 2016Crochet Jam #2, Bethany Senior Center, San Francisco  2016Crochet Jam with Rocio and Gloria, Bethany Center, San Francisco  20162016 National Queer Arts Festival, "Creative Labor: Queer-It-Yourself (QIY) Expo and Faire, SomArts, San FranciscoCrochet Jam: Artists Live Here: Temporary Site-Specific Projects, Pro Arts, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CaliforniaCrochet Jam, "Love Our Neighborhood Day Celebration," Berkeley, CaliforniaCrochet Jam, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, California State, Chico (CSU)Crochet Jam, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery 2016THIS, NOW., Dance In Revolt(ing) Times (DIRT), Dance Mission Theater, San FranciscoCrochet Jam, Light Up Central Market in conjunction with the Luggage Store Gallery and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, both in San FranciscoCrochet Jam, Spun Smoke, Oakland 2016
spunsmoke.comCrochet Jam, Minnesota Street Project's Community EventCrochet Jam, University of San Francisco's Artist as Citizen | Artist in the Community ProgramCrochet Jam, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Oakland, California  2015Crochet Jam with Vanderbilt University students on Alternative Spring in San Francisco at the Luggage Store Gallery AnnexCrochet Jam, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 50th Anniversary CelebrationBring It Home: (Re)Locating Cultural Legacy Through the Body, January 22 2016–May 7, 2016Crochet Jam, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, California  2015"Without Place" with 3.9 Collective, SF
Tuttle Gallery
St. John Student Center
Owings Mills, Maryland Art Night SF 2015Crochet Jam, Root Division, San Francisco 2015Crochet Jam, Radical Craft Night, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, California 2014Crochet Jam, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)Crochet Jam, San Francisco Day School, San Francisco, CaliforniaCrochet Jam, NADA MiamiBeach, sponsored by ARTADIA 2014SCRAP SF hosts Crochet Jam with Ramekon O’ArwistersCrochet Jam, Artadia: the Fund for Art & Dialogue Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Exhibition, Curator: Gianni Jetzer, Longhouse Projects, NYC, September 13–October 25, 2014Crochet Jam, Greensboro College, Greensboro, North CarolinaCrochet Jam, Three Point Nine Collective Artists, Hunters Point Shipyards 2014Crochet Jam, Omi Gallery, Impact Hub Oakland, August 2014Crochet Jam at San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Lunch & Learn Program, Health, Safety & Wellness Department—to relieve stress and foster creativity in the workplace.Crochet Jam, Torres Community Shelter, Chico, California  www.chicoshelter.orgCrochet Jam, Delores Park Cafe, SF sponsored by ArtSpanCrochet Jam, Maker Faire  2014Crochet Jam 1320 Stevenson Street, San Francisco  2013Installation images, Project: Ramekon O'Arwisters, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA  March 18, 2014–April 18, 2014Crochet Jam building innovative, sustainable business and community partnerships in my SF neighborhood's Plaza ProgramCrochet Jam, Left Brain Meets Right Brian, at DJ717, San Francisco 2014Show & Tell 2013Crochet Jam, Activate McCoppin, San FranciscoCrochet Jam, SF ArtSpan, Family Art DaySugar In Our Blood: The Spirit of Black and Queer Identity, Africa American Arts & Culture Complex (AAACC), San Francisco, CA, 13 June 2013–19 September 2013Crochet Jam at ArtSpan + 20th Street Block Party, Mission district, San FranciscoCrochet Jam at California Academy of Science's NightLife 2013Crochet Jam at AAACCCrochet Jam at Exploratorium San Francisco, 17 August 2013Three Point Nine Art Collective Meet and Greet, Filmore Gallery, San FranciscoPanel Discussion and Artist's Talk: Sugar In Our Blood: Queer Art and SpiritualityCrochet Jam, Maker Faire Bay Area  2013Crochet Jam at Mission Spring Open Studios, Developing Environments, SF April 2013Crochet Jam & Creativity Workshop at Maitri, SFCrochet Jam, Chico, California 2012April 2012 Artist-in-Residence: de Young Museum, San Francisco"Weaving the Past into the Tapestries of Today: African American Folk-Art Traditions and Contemporary Textiles"
at the de Young MuseumMindful Creativity in Community"Crochet: Meditation and Creativity" a featured artist demonstration at ART+SOUL Oakland, City Hall, August 4, 2012SuperBowl Crochet Jam at Rebel, San Francisco, CA  2012STITCH is a weekly ongoing, community-based SEWING BEE to support The Spirit Tapestry Project.Fugitive Memories
IMAGE: Crochet Jam with Vanderbilt University students on Alternative Spring Break in San Francisco at the Luggage Store Gallery Annex 2016

Crochet Jams engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. Crochet Jam—a public, art-making event that's embracing and inclusive, with no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project—is meditative, liberating, and empowering. Gianni Jetzer walkthrough, Artadia Exhibition. Part 4: Ramekon O’Arwisters

Ramekon O'Arwisters started Crochet Jam in 2012. His social-art practice is rooted in a cherished childhood memory that's steeped in the African-American tradition of weaving in a calm and non-judgmental environment without rules or limitations.

RECENT AWARDS:
Kala Art Institute's Print Public AIR 2016–17
Counter Pulse Art Activator Public 2016-17
Recology™ Artist-in-Residence Program 2016–17
Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation 2014

FUTURE CROCHET JAMS:
(Free To The Public unless noted otherwise)
Lecture & Hands-On Community Crochet Project, Wed, 8 March 2017, 10am–2pm
Print Public Open House 11 Mar 2017,12–4:30pm
Flax Art & Design Oakland,Sun, 12 Mar, 1–3pm
Queer Threads Symposium, Department of Craft/Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, April 9–15, 2017
Intersection for the Arts Sat, 20 May, Time: TBA

Crochet Jam Five-Year Jamboree Celebration at Recology, 401 Tunnel Ave, SF, Sat, 19 Aug 2017, Noon–3pm

Crochet Jam Five-Year Jamboree Celebration at the Tenderloin National Forest|, 509 Ellis Street, SF, Aug 2017, day & time TBA

Crochet Jam Five-Year Jamboree Celebration at Kala Art Institute|, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, Aug 2017, day & time TBA

San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Safety, Health, & Wellness Dept., Aug 29, 2017, Noon–12:45pm, (Airport Employees Only)

CURRENT EXHIBITION:
Print Public Exhibition 2016–17, 19 Jan–25 March 2017

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