We all know it: Making things is good for your mental health. Weaving and handcrafts have been used since the early 20th century for rehabilitation. Recent psychological studies have shown the arts, such as working with fiber, fights dementia. Watch members of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota explain how weaving affects you.
Video produced in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television. Additional funding provided by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.
As the largest weavers guild in the US, WGM staff is used to hearing the repeated refrain from visitors, “I wish we had something like this where I’m from.” Founded in 1940 by twenty-six enthusiasts, the Weavers Guild of Minnesota (WGM) has grown from an all-volunteer organization to one that offers classes and events year round at its current location in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis.
Unique among American textile guilds, the Weavers Guild of Minnesota maintains dedicated classroom space and a wide range of tools, equipment, reference resources, and community knowledge. WGM’s robust year-round programming represents a wide spectrum of weaving, spinning, and dyeing technologies and techniques, showcasing different cultures and histories. Programs include visiting artist workshops with nationally-recognized instructors, public talks and exhibitions, and classes designed for learners of all skill levels and abilities. WGM’s off-site programs partner with festivals and other arts, education, sustainability, and social service organizations throughout the metro area.
Member events include meetings and lectures, self-study interest groups, exhibition opportunities and the annual artisan sale. Membership is open to everyone. Join us!
Hours: Monday-Saturday • 10am-5pm
Located inside the Textile Center building
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis MN 55414
ADA Accessible, Reserved Parking
Closed: Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, December 25 through January 1.