Heart Felt and Sew Kind

Spring 2019

Craftivism is a form of activism using traditional craft media such as sewing, weaving, macramé, embroidery, and cross stitch. It acknowledges that we can all make a difference and that craft is one way to do something positive. Heart Felt and Sew Kind, created by students in grades 2-8, is a multimedia exploration of utilizing craft as activism.

The inherent nature of craft involves slow and repetitive gestures. When we allow our minds to fully focus on the making process, it becomes one form of mindfulness. Similar to a yoga class, making something by hand temporarily relieves our minds and bodies of outside stresses.

There are infinite ways to use craft as activism and the projects on display are just a few examples. A handmade gift as a gesture of kindness and outreach creates a powerful interaction between maker and receiver. Craft as a form of communication seeks to build understanding and therefore more love and peace. What other ways can you imagine making our world a better place through craftivism?

Come Visit Us

Admission is free for all ages. Donations are gladly accepted.


Monday – Friday 9AM to 4PM
Saturday – Sunday by appointment only
Every 2nd Friday of the month from 6-10PM


2007 S. Halsted, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Located in the Pilsen Neighborhood on the southern border of the historic Chicago Arts District.

How to book a group tour

A one hour tour includes a conversation around each art exhibit, short video, and an activist button making activity. We are a small, one room museum inside the KIPP Chicago regional office so we can only accommodate groups of 25 people or fewer. Students in grades K-12 welcome! Email jvillalpando@kippchicago.org to schedule a tour.

Enrollment Interest Forms are now available for the 2021-2022 school year! Sign up below for your spot on the list for seats for next school year!