Social Justice Sewing Academy Workshop

Two images set together. On the left, the Social Justice Sewing Academy logo, which is a peach shield outlined in black with the words Social Justice Sewing Academy in stitched black font. A Black fist is in the center left of the shield, two silver sewing pins are crossed like scissors in the shield’s center middle and a pair of scissors pointing right with orange handles is in the shield’s center right. On the right, the Spoonflower logo, a black outlined scribbled flower in black with teal colored in the petals.



Two images set together. On the left, a workshop participant cuts out a shape from fabric And on the right, an ongoing workshop of students is making quilt blocks.


Spoonflower is excited to be hosting the Social Justice Sewing Academy for a free 5-day workshop in Durham to share how quilting can be used to empower young artists and build community!

Since 2017, the Social Justice Sewing Academy’s mission has been to teach young artists how to use their voice through quilting and social justice and both SJSA founder Sara Trail and Executive Director Lauren Black (find out more about them here) will be in town leading the workshop.

From August 1 – August 5, 2022, workshop participants will discuss historic and current social justice issues and work on creating their own mini quilt referencing social justice issues they choose. They’ll also hear from the Executive Director of the Pauli Murray Center about the work of Pauli Murray and local social justice history. Craft supplies, lunch and snacks will be provided. (Participants will be using sewing machines to make their mini quilt.)


WHERE + WHEN: Daily beginning Monday, August 1, through Friday, August 5, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at North Carolina Central University’s Dent Human Sciences Building Sew Unique Sewing Lab.  Transportation to and from NC Central and supervisory time before and after the event are NOT provided.


WHO: This workshop is free for young artists aged 11-18 who are interested in creating social justice-focused art. No previous quilting knowledge is necessary.


PLEASE NOTE:  The workshop is full, but we are moving to a waitlist should anyone cancel. If you’d like to be added to the waitlist, please email Betsy Greer: [email protected].