The Diversity Project seeks to create a large piece of yarn-art as a visual representation of the diversity and identity of the LGBT community in Lexington, Kentucky. It is being produced by Catherine Brereton, a student at the University of Kentucky, Gaines Fellow, and member of Lexington’s LGBT community, and in collaboration with the Gaines Center for the Humanities.
People of the LGBT community (including friends and allies), the Lexington community, the community of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Kentucky, and the knitting (and crocheting) community are invited to contribute to this project in two ways–either by knitting or crocheting a square for the blanket, or by contributing a short sentence or quote about LGBT identity. These quotes will later be embroidered onto the blanket. At least 144 squares will be needed to complete the blanket. Specific instructions about contributions will be posted shortly, but in the interim please email the Project organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
It is my hope that the blanket will be completed in Spring 2012 and will be displayed in a prominent downtown location for the public to view and consider, and a charity auction will be planned to coincide with Lexington Pride 2012. The proceeds of the auction will either be donated to LGBT organizations within Lexington or used to create a one-off scholarship for an LGBT student here in Lexington.
Contributors are also invited to include a short biography (no more than one paragraph) of themselves and their connection to the LGBT community, whether directly or through a family member or friend. These biographies will be published in a publicly-accessible format as yet to be determined. And, of course, contributions can also be anonymous.
Community knitting events will be planned for late 2011 to allow as many people to participate as possible, and knitting instruction will be available at these events to those who have yet to learn how to knit.
I hope you will find a way to get involved in this exciting project!
*For those who prefer crochet to knitting, please assume the words knit, knitting, or knitter as shorthand which includes crochet, crocheting, and crocheter!