Aram Han Sifuentes holds a protest banner that reads "TRUST BLACK WOMXN," photo by Virginia Harold, courtesy of Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Online Classes

No Justice, No Peace: Protest Banner Making with Aram Han Sifuentes

Sunday, July 12, 2:00–3:30 pm (PDT)

About the Program

During this important period of civil uprising, join artist-activist Aram Han Sifuentes for a protest banner–making workshop. Part of Sifuentes's ongoing project Protest Banner Lending Library, this virtual program will teach participants how to create no-sew fabric protest banners, appliquéd with their own meaningful slogans.

Participants will have the option to keep their banner or donate it to the Los Angeles branch of the lending library. This library will form part of the Skirball’s upcoming exhibition Talking Back to Power: Projects by Aram Han Sifuentes. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to check out banners from the library for their own personal use.

Register early for a FREE banner-making kit! Fabrics and adhesive will be mailed free of charge to anyone who signs up by Tuesday, June 30. All participants, regardless of registration date, will need to provide their own iron and ironing surface, scissors, and writing utensils. As an optional step, a needle and thread may also be used.


Instructor: Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber, social practice, and performance artist who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. As the daughter of a seamstress and an immigrant herself, Sifuentes often creates work that revolves around skill sharing—specifically sewing techniques—to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion, and protest. Her work has been exhibited at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, MO), Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago, IL), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA), Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum (Seoul, KR), and the Design Museum (London, UK).

Sifuentes is a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Read more about her at aramhansifuentes.com.