Sock Monkeys for Social Justice at Arts Walk

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS

A barrel of sock monkeys will take the POWER center by storm this Arts Walk. Each sock monkey, created by members of Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights, will be on display in the front gallery of POWER downtown. Each monkey comes with its own story. “This project is a way for members to tell their stories, sometimes anonymously, and participate in a fun art project,” said Laura Downing, a member and volunteer. POWER will also host a sock-monkey-making workshop October 2 at 5:30 p.m. City of Olympia arts-program specialist Angel Nava says of the project: “It stood out to me as an example of how people can use the arts as a tool for social change. POWER is using sock monkeys as a platform for sharing people’s stories. It’s an innovative and accessible way of connecting people through the creative process. It’s a good example of the range of experiences people look forward to with the Olympia Arts Walk.”

What: Sock Monkeys for Social Justice

Where: POWER,
309 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6;
noon – 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

How much: free

Learn more: POWER | Sock Monkeys for Social Justice