The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center's mission is to enrich lives through hand-weaving.
The Weaving Center promotes inclusion, improves accessibility and creates opportunities for the blind and senior community through a shared appreciation and love for hand-weaving. The program has a positive impact on the artisans’ well-being and offers a support system they might not otherwise have. Our gathering place with daily instruction and socialization is distinct and treasured by our community.
“This place has been a godsend for me. I look forward to coming here and being with other people. It doesn’t matter if you are sight-impaired or not. You can talk to everyone” – Shirley
To our knowledge, we are the only program that consistently uses hand-weaving to address the social and occupational needs of this historically underserved population. Members of our community have been excluded from the workforce, and isolated due to lifelong disability, changes in health, or age. The sale of the artisans’ handwovens not only provides income, but the payments received help increase the artisans’ sense of self-worth and self-sufficiency.The program is available to Greater Hartford residents who are blind, visually-impaired, or age 55 years or over. We have 33 artisans in the program, and over 40 volunteers. In non-COVID times, our studios are open Monday through Friday. Artisans are encouraged to attend at least twice a week, with many weaving every day we’re open. Currently due to COVID, we are operating in a more limited capacity with additional safety protocols in place due to COVID, and will continue to adapt and adjust as the pandemic evolves.