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Many Hands, One World – Quilts from the Refinery Corridor Healing Walks

Many Hands, One World – Quilts from the Refinery Corridor Healing Walks

Exhibition: January 24 – March 16, 2024
Reception: Saturday, January 27, 2024, 2pm-4pm  |  More info…
Stories and Reflections on the Refinery Healing Walks: Saturday, March 2, 11am (reception), 12pm (artist talk)  |  More info…

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Led by Indigenous women in prayer, over one thousand people walked hundreds of miles over four years, connecting one fossil-fuel impacted community to another along the northeast San Francisco Bay. The term “Refinery Corridor” was born from these walks between April 2014 and July 2017, which began with WesPac (defeated by community organizing) in Pittsburg, Shell and Tesoro Refineries in Martinez, Valero Refinery in Benicia, Conoco Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo, and Chevron Refinery in Richmond.

At the end of each walk, participants were invited to share their hopes and dreams about the safe, sustainable future they imagined. The quilts in this exhibition are the result of the walkers envisioning a healthier world. This is the first ever showing of the quilts since the first square was made 10 years ago.

Special Event: On Saturday, March 2, a special event to share stories and reflections from the Refinery Healing Walks will be held. A reception will begin at 11am, followed by a panel discussion at 12pm. This event is free and all are welcome.

About the Organizers: Idle No More SF Bay is a multi-generational, Native-women-led grassroots, all volunteer organization dedicated to climate change activism. Founded in 2013, our mission is to creatively do everything we can to ensure the future for the coming generations by addressing environmental harms caused by extreme energy.  We focus on what we are for: clean air, water and soil, safe jobs and a sustainable future for the generations beyond.  Rooted in Native traditions, we bring an indigenous perspective and leadership to climate justice work. We pray, conduct teach-ins, coordinate local non-violent direct actions, encourage people to envision the future they want to help create, and collaborate with others working for a just transition away from fossil fuels to ensure a future for the generations to come.

Top image: Photo by Kelly Johnson

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