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Protest Banner Workshops at TCPL, TCFA

Tompkins County residents have two opportunities to attend Protest Banner Workshops with Aram Han Sifuentes in the upcoming week, one at the Tompkins County Public Library and another at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts.

During the workshop, participants will learn how to create their own banner to share their voices and experiences and contribute to the growing library of handmade banners. Participants will learn how to cut and attach letters to cloth to create protest banners.

About Aram Han Sifuentes:

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber, social practice, and performance artist who addresses issues related to immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Sifuentes uses skill sharing, specifically sewing techniques, to create opportunities for individuals to critique social and political inequality and empower one another through advocacy, subversion, and protest. She received her MFA in fiber and material studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in art and Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently teaching as an adjunct assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sifuentes has received numerous awards. She was the 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, a 2016 3Arts Awardee, and a 2017 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee. Sifuentes has exhibited her work at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO), Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago, Illinois), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, Illinois), Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA), Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum (Seoul, South Korea), and the Design Museum (London, UK). Aram Han Sifuentes’s Protest Banner Lending Library is on view and banners are available for loan as part of the Johnson Museum’s current special exhibition, how the light gets in, through December 8, 2019.


Tompkins County Public Library will offer the opportunity to participate Tuesday, November 12, from 4:00 to 7:30 pm, in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room East.

Registration is required for this workshop open to people ages 14 and up. Register online at


Join TCFA for the workshop on Thursday, November 14 from 10am-1pm.. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. There are no fees for this workshop, and all materials for the banners are provided, but registration is required.


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