Opening: Saturday May 21st. Exhibition runs through June 30th.
Weaving to Heal highlights the success of weaving as a healing art for individuals living with physical and mental disabilities. Presented by Weaving Hand and Building 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard this exhibition explores a shared history of healing arts.
Occupational therapists have been using weaving as a form of therapy since the 1920’s due to the systematic and rhythmic nature of weaving. Over time weaving has proven to increase fine motor skills, memory, concentration, problem solving, and decision making abilities. It has social benefits as well as helping individuals to build self confidence. After World War One the Brooklyn Naval Hospital used weaving as a form of occupational therapy to help reintegrate veterans back into everyday life.
Weaving Hand works with adults living with disabilities during weekly weaving sessions through long term partnerships with AHRC NYC, AHRC Middle and High School and LAND Gallery at League Treatment Center. The tapestry you see today was woven by students from both AHRC and League Treatment Center over a period of six months.