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ArcWorks to start 'yarnbombing' around Peabody

Posted by Susannah Blair  February 13, 2012 10:03 AM

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Local residents have an opportunity to take part in a new public art initiative. ArcWorks Community ArtCenter is initiating a “yarnbombing” project.

A growing practice in the arts, yarnbombing refers to displaying knitting or crocheting in outdoor public locations, such as parking meters, poles, street lamps, bike racks, telephone booths, trees and sculpture, and even potholes and overpasses.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Peabody yarnbombing initiative is invited to a kick-off meeting next Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at the ArcWorks Community ArtCenter, 22 Foster St. The center was opened last March by Northeast Arc at its 22 Foster St. building. Consisting of artist gallery and studio space, the downtown facility is intended as a community resource for local residents as well as people served by Northeast Arc, a non profit that provides programs for area residents with developmental and physical disabilities. The center last month began holding art classes for the community.

For more information on the yarnbombing project or the classes, contact the center’s director, Merritt Kirkpatrick, at 978-531-7146 or mkirkpatrick@ne-arc.org.

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