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Free Brown Spice Elves Doll Making Workshop

November 18, 2 pm4 pm.
Julee Dickerson Thompson with her grandchildren making Selah’s Quilt. PC Unkown

City Lore, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is pleased to offer a free Brown Spice Elves Dollmaking Workshop for children ages 6-12 years old, led by artist and arts educator Julee Dickerson Thompson. The event is free, but registration is required. Register online. Space is limited please register only if you plan to attend.

An interactive family friendly doll making workshop for children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pre-registration is required and the workshop will be capped at 15 people.  All materials will be provided. Sewing skills are a plus but not a requirement. Each participant will create a doll to take home.  Participants will learn how to make “Brown Spice Miniatures,” or small hand sewn cloth dolls representative of Dickerson-Thompson’s signature inclusive aesthetic that is an homage to children and families of the African Diaspora. For over four decades, Dickerson-Thompson has been steadily building a family of dolls, accessories, and educational materials that speak to the diversity of Black experience in the United States and beyond.  She regularly offers Brown Spice Elves Workshops (mini doll making) as a component of her Young Masters (YM) curriculum and programming. A celebrated arts educator, these workshops are as much about family storytelling as they are hand craft creation. Participants will be encouraged to use their own family members and experiences as inspiration for their dolls, while being walked through the nuts and bolts of basic patterns and decoration. 


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New York, NY 10003 United States