INTERWOVEN is a 4 day event taking place at The Makery celebrating immigration and cultural diversity. Come hear powerful stories, learn about immigration law, connect with neighbors, and see how you can contribute to a sense of welcome and inclusion in our community.

Interwoven is a collaborative event featuring an exhibit and presentation from the Welcome Blanket organization, an immersive storytelling exhibition Arrival VR, created by Brookline Interactive Group, an informational session presented by Del Olmo Law, an evening of Suitcase Stories presented by the International Institute of New England. The weekend will wrap up with a community making event hosted by The Makery.

We want everyone to participate. If the ticket cost is prohibitive, please email:

Please note: The Makery is only accessible by stairs at this time. Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.

WELCOME: Immigrants Share Stories Through Video and Art
Want to know about creative projects that tackle immigration? Come listen to Welcome Blanket’s Jayna Zweiman and Hadassah Margolis and BIG’s Kathy Bisbee discuss their immigration projects: Welcome Blanket Brookline and Arrival. Learn how craft shifts the paradigm concept of “immigrants” from “others” to “people just like us,” and share your own thoughts on the projects and how we all can take action.

Thu, September 19, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT – $10

THE LAW: Learn about Nuances and Challenges of Immigration Law
Julio Cortes del Olmo, the principal of Del Olmo Law, specializes in all areas of U.S. immigration law. Through this intimate discussion, Julio will share his expertise, passion, and hopes about his work and clientele and explore ways that we can help our newest neighbors.

Fri, September 20, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT – $10

STORY: Share Experiences of Recent Immigrants through Suitcase Stories
Suitcase Stories Unpacked explores the stories people tell about their own immigrations and how these personal stories shape our communities. Listen to immigrant storytellers share their own narratives, and talk about your personal immigrant-related experiences and reactions in a supportive, facilitated conversation. Suitcase Stories Unpacked is program of the International Institute of New England, Welcome Blanket Brookline’s refugee resettlement partner.

Sat, September 21, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT – $10

CRAFT: Give Warmth and Welcome by Making a Welcome Blanket
The Makery welcomes visitors for an afternoon of creativity and craft! Come look at all of the beautiful Welcome Blankets handmade by your Brookline neighbors, and learn how to make your own. The Makery will also be sharing examples of their fiber arts offerings.

Sun, September 22, 2019 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT – FREE