We invite you to join us in the One Thousand Stars Project between 25th September and 25th November. We are inviting people from all corners of our community to get together and weave paper stars as part of a participatory art installation and community education project. The project aims to bring people to form positive connections with each other and their local community centre. We know that if people have strong social connections they are better able to respond to adversity. We will be running weaving sessions and collecting woven stars from participating community members for two months in the lead up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November. We will display these stars in our “drop in centre” at The Hut during the 16 Days of Activism until Human Rights Day on the 10th of December.
You can get involved in the following ways:
- Attend a weaving session held at The Hut on Monday and Wednesdays at 10.30am in the Drop in Centre at The Hut between Wednesday 26th September & Monday 19th November (just drop in)
- Collect paper such as used wrapping paper or other firm paper and deliver to The Hut for use in making stars
- Host weaving sessions in your classroom, community group, organisation team meeting and deliver your stars to The Hut Community Centre, (deliver all stars by Monday 19th of November and contact firstname.lastname@example.org at for a weaving pack or more information)
- Join us, at The Hut Community Centre for a celebratory morning tea for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to be held on Wednesday 21st November at 10.30am.
Everyone can download the weaving instructions here
This project is based on the work of artist Maryann Talia Pau who collected one million stars from 15 countries as part of her project entitled One Million Stars to End Violence between 2012 and 2018. Her project culminated in an exhibition at the Brisbane Museum as part of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018. The project started as a personal response to a local tragedy as way of bringing people together to support each other, not only in times of crisis but every day. She invited people around the world to join her in weaving one million stars as a symbol of our commitment and solidarity to end ALL forms of violence. Maryann stated that she soon realised participants were doing much more than weaving but had found connection and solidarity with strangers, built new friendships and created safe welcoming spaces for everyone.
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For more information please contact Samantha Cooper at email@example.com or call 8339 4400. We look forward to hearing your ideas and working together to make a community welcoming and safe space for all.