Coming up this week....

If you've got art or crafting skills, put them to use for the community this week:

--If you have some extra hours at home, volunteer to spend some time on art collection websites, tagging the art to make it more searchable by internet databases. See info here and here.
--Art + politics: create art for the Barack Obama Art for Change project, which is mobilizing artists as part of Obama's presidential campaign. Submit your art for possible inclusion in an exhibition in Soho. Some pieces at this exhibition will be auctioned with proceeds going toward Obama's campaign.
--Attend the Art for Change open house Friday February 22nd from 6:30 to 8:00. Find out how this nonprofit organization is connecting artists with social justice projects; sign up to volunteer.
--Volunteer to knit or crochet blankets for children in the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services residential treatment programs.

More going on around NYC:
--Learn intermediate Photoshop skills at a workshop Sunday February 24th at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn.
--Sewing classes Monday the 25th at the Make Workshop on the Lower East Side. Learn to use a sewing machine or make a pillow.
--If you have kids, take a trip to Central Park's Charles A. Dana Discovery Center at 110th Street on Saturday the 23rd for a free family craft event in honor of Black History Month. Using African fabric as inspriration, stencil a tote bag with a unique design.