Bringing the worldwide phenomenon of "yarn-bombing" bridges, buildings and cities to send messages of unity to Lynchburg, Yarning for Unity covers the outside of the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College with various art forms such as crochet, embroidery and printing. The drive-thru "craft-bombing" installation will be on display at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College through the end of the year, weather permitting.
The project originated when Emilie Bryant, a museum and heritage studies and art history double major at Randolph College, was studying "craftivism" in her Art and Activism class. Bryant connected with crafters across several states who submitted works of art sending messages of love, unity and peace.
"People need art right now more than ever," Bryant said. "So we're literally turning the museum inside out to let that happen."
The drive-thru installation is free to the public, and free "craftivism kits" will be available for visitors so they can create installations at home.
Cross covers K-12 and higher education for The News & Advance. An Asheboro, North Carolina native, Cross joined The News & Advance team in January 2020 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism.