Weaving Together at Queens Museum
Weaving Together is an intergenerational community gathering dedicated to learning about the rich artistic weaving traditions of the Philippines as well as sharing stories and oral histories for the Filipino American community and our neighbors in Queens.
*This project was commissioned by The Laundromat Project's Create Change program to commissioned artist Claro de los Reyes.
About the Organizers:
My Baryo, My Borough uses art and creativity to celebrate the Filipino/Filipino-American community in Queens, NY. Through public art programs and creative story sharing, we welcome the broader NYC community in celebrating Queens through the Filipino / Filipino American lens. Central to the project is a community-based oral history collection intended to document and share the local history of the Filipino Community in Queens, NY. The project will culminate in a multidisciplinary public sharing of the collected stories.
Weaving Hand embraces global weaving traditions, fosters working partnerships with an international community of weavers, and operates as a healing arts center. By engaging with artists from both historic weaving, traditional and contemporary fiber arts, Weaving Hand celebrates a fusion of ideas and techniques through travel, studio classes, workshops, outreach programs and exhibitions. As a healing arts center, Weaving Hand uses weaving as a creative tool to enhance a range of development programs for children and adults with intellectual, emotional and physical disabilities.
PJ Gubatina Policarpio is a creative arts engager: curator, programmer, and educator. He brings creativity and passion in making art accessible for everyone, creating multiple opportunities for meaningful connections between communities and institutions, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. Central to his practice is promoting inclusivity and cultural understanding through experiences and interactions with art. PJ's expertise in museum education, curatorial and project management, artist relations, and programming has advanced a dynamic roster of artists and collaborators as well as institutions such as Brooklyn Museum, Cool Culture, Filipino American Museum, Queens Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art. Born in the Philippines and raised in San Francisco, Bay Area, he is currently based in Queens, New York.