On Watch Night (December 31st), Glide Memorial Church hosted a Crochet Jam in partnership with community artist Ramekon O’Arwisters. This sober celebration of Freedom’s Eve, cultivated inter-generational wellness and beloved community through the African-American tradition of weaving in a calm and non-judgmental environment without rules or limitations.
Ramekon, who was an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Vermont Studio Center, encouraged participants play and explore the fabric and provided basic instructions on how to crochet fabric strips. The process was described by participants as “calming,” “meditative” and “the kind of community I needed today.”
This Crochet Jam is one of many ways that Glide Church provides wellness opportunities through art, community building and congregational life gatherings. Glide Church will be celebrating art and music throughout the year with additional opportunities for creative community art.
Ramekon previously shared his love of art, crochet and meditation with the Glide community during Celebrations on June 18th. You can learn more about his vision in the video below.