Andy Monk, Liam Robert and Liz Fernandez have been working to develop a series of socially engaged workshops and activities to address issues of social justice. For their upcoming project at the O+ Festival, participants will collaborate to make knit and crocheted rainbow blankets for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth.
The goal of the project is to raise awareness about the disproportionate levels of homelessness among queer youth. The activity of making blankets together provides an initial point of connection that supersedes differences among individual participants. This creates a safe space to engage with each other about the social injustices affecting the LGBTQ community.
The project is designed to be accessible to people of all skill levels from beginners to those more advanced. They will be teaching beginners how to knit and crochet through instructional workshops during the festival.