Transformer presents Crochet Jam with Ramekon O’Arwisters


Transformer presents
Crochet Jam with visiting artist Ramekon O’Arwisters

Friday, June 22, 2018, 11:30am – 2:30pm

Farragut Square Park
17th & K Street NW, Washington, DC

Rain location: 
1330 19th St NW
Washington DC 20036

Presented in collaboration with the Golden Triangle BID’s Farragut Fridays, and as a special satellite event of Halcyon's By The People festival.

Transformer is honored to present Crochet Jam – a social practice art initiative created by San Francisco, CA-based fiber & textile artist Ramekon O’Arwisters in 2012, to engage audiences in the role of art within the community and the power of art within society. A public, art-making event that's embracing and inclusive, with no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project – Crochet Jam is a meditative, liberating, and empowering participatory experience.

Crochet Jam is rooted in artist Ramekon O’Arwisters’ cherished childhood memory steeped in the African-American tradition of weaving, in a calm and non-judgmental environment without rules or limitations: “When I was growing up in North Carolina, I helped my paternal grandmother, Celia Jones Taylor (1896–1982) make quilts. Quilt-making with her is one of my fondest childhood memories. With her, I was embraced, important, and special. I was a little black boy hiding my queer self from my family during the harsh reality of the Jim Crow South during the 1960s, and before the turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement that spread throughout the country.” – Ramekon O’Arwisters. Ramekon decided to start a community art project that enables groups of people to collectively work on a piece of art with a focus on relaxation and human connection, done in public with strangers.


Ramekon O’Arwisters lives and works in San Francisco, CA. He was a recipient of a 2002 Artadia Award and a 2014 Eureka Fellow, awarded by the Fleishhacker Foundation, San Francisco. He has exhibited extensively throughout the US and internationally, including at The Luggage Store, San Francisco, California and Kato Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. He was honored with his second San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant in 2011. Ramekon recently retired as Curator of Photography and Video Art at SFO Museum to focus on Crochet Jam, which has been presented extensively through the US.


Expanding our partnership-based mission of connecting & promoting artists & audiences with new and best contemporary art practices, Transformer is thrilled to present Crochet Jam in collaboration with the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) and their Farragut Fridays series, and as a special satellite event of Halcyon's By the People festival. 

Farragut Fridays is a free, summer event that brings together area workers, local residents, and visitors to enjoy fun and innovative activities throughout the entire day. Hosted by the Golden Triangle BID, Farragut Fridays kicks-off in May and runs through the last week of September. The all-day event series provides unforgettable experiences that inspire collaboration, outdoor enjoyment, and action around innovation. This event series is designed to increase vitality, spotlight the Golden Triangle’s bustling tech sector, and encourage a collaborative networking experience for area workers.

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit organization working to enhance Washington, DC’s central business district, the 43-square-block neighborhood stretching from The White House to Dupont Circle. The BID creates dynamic public spaces and encourages economic development through capital improvement projects, innovative public art, sustainability initiatives, and events while providing a clean, safe, and vibrant environment for area workers, residents, and visitors.

By The People, organized by Halcyon, is a new, inclusive, international arts and dialogue festival that facilitates connection and celebrates creativity. From June 21-24, 2018 Halcyon invites audiences to enjoy fun and free art installations, pop-up performances, expert-curated talks and programs about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.