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*DIGITAL* Democracy Knitting Circle
September 2, 2020
Vermont Humanities Digital Channels
Knit Democracy Together is a modern take on historical knitting circles like those that supported the abolitionist and suffragist movements. Knit or crochet pieces of a state capitol sculpture while discussing contemporary political issues via Zoom. Individual pieces will be assembled into a finished whole by artist Eve Jacobs-Carnahan.
At a time when people are losing confidence in government, this project creates a positive model of democracy. We’ll talk about innovative ways to finance election campaigns, hear how cities and states are reducing candidate reliance on private campaign money, and learn how these measures re-connect elected officials with their constituents and make government more accountable.
About Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
Eve Jacobs-Carnahan uses the comforting qualities of yarn to explore human interactions with nature, democracy, and society. Knit Democracy Together is informed by her experience as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Vermont from 1990-2018. Eve is a 2020 recipient of a Public Art Learning Fund grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. She is using the grant to learn how to connect people with ideas and each other through art and knitting.