Free Your Mind

Free Your Mind is a public textile social justice art project aiming to collect, exhibit, embed and release personal narratives about Microaggressions in a textile art piece created by artist Theda Sandiford.

Microaggressions are subtle, intentional — and oftentimes unintentional — everyday interactions or behaviors that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial messages or assumptions toward historically marginalized groups. The weight of these daily interactions have very real consequences… stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt and ultimately feelings of powerlessness and invisibility.

This project intends to expose these interactions and provide a release for the participating individuals. Participants are invited to write a story about a microaggression they have experienced onto a ribbon to release this story from their personal narrative.

The story ribbons will ultimately be woven into a protective blanket, keeping a public record of these disempowering interactions that can later be exhibited and talked about.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Interested individuals, institutions and businesses can sponsor the project by engaging themselves and/or communities they serve to collect stories about implicit bias and microaggressions on ribbons. These ribbon stories and the textile artwork containing them will be shared on Instagram (@misstheda). 

INFORMATION RELEASE FORM

Participating individuals will complete an information release form consenting to the use of their ribbon story as part of the artist’s production and implementation of the Free Your Mind project. DOWNLOAD FORM HERE

THE ART(WORK) DESCRIPTION

The artist will weave story ribbons of participating individuals into a protective blanket. ONLY the stories will be included, leaving the names of persons anonymous on the artworks. Should they wish, the names of participating individuals will be included in the description of the work and shared on Instagram.

TO PARTICIPATE >> SHARE YOUR STORY

Share a story about a microaggression you have experienced? How did it make you feel?

Using a Sharpie, in two sentences (100 words max.) write your story on a ribbon.

Complete the information release form and mail both your ribbon and release form to:

Project Free Your Mind c/o Sky Garden Gallery, 150 Bay St. PH9 Jersey City NJ 07302

Follow @misstheda and @skygardengallery on Instagram to get updated on the project and see your story in the finished artwork.