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Who we are

A nonprofit organization that brings free-style weaving to people of all ages with developmental, mental, or physical challenges

 

What We Do

  • Offer onsite weaving workshops and staff training

  • Create a safe environment for learning new skills

  • Nurture freedom of expression and inner strengths

  • Provide a lasting source of accomplishment

 
 
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Jack’s Story

Left to right: SAORI teaching artist, Jack, and Jack’s mother

Left to right: SAORI teaching artist, Jack, and Jack’s mother

Jack, a 19-year-old, was diagnosed at age eight with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a metabolic disorder characterized by progressive neurological deterioration. Working with a SAORI teaching artist, Jack hesitantly began to explore the loom, the shuttle, the pedals, touching everything. Then he eagerly pointed to the colors and textures of the yarns he wanted for his weaving. Although Jack has poor motor skills on his right side and is unable to speak, he can follow directions. With help, he was able to coordinate his hands and feet to work the loom. Jack was enthralled with his weaving, and his mother was delighted: “Look at Jack’s smile! And his interest and ability behind the loom!”

 

Support SAORI Arts NYC

Make a Donation

With your contribution we can help transform
lives through free-style weaving.

Volunteer with us

Want to help our teaching artists with a workshop or use your skills as an advisor ? Contact us to discuss opportunities.

 

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All proceeds go directly to benefit the work of SAORI Arts NYC.
Products have been made by either weavers with disabilities or other SAORI artists who have donated their work.

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