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A Common Thread: Black Hawk College Uses Yarn to Unify the Community

A ten-foot tall web of yellow yarn now decorates the main parking lot at Black Hawk College in Moline. This week, as part of an inter-active public art project, students and staff wrapped yarn around poles with signs, such as "I'm a dog person" or "I speak more than one language." 

President of the Student Government Association, Holly Block, says the 32 posts represent who we are as individuals and as a society. Participants tie yarn to each post that reflects their identities, creating an inter-connected web. 
Block says while race, gender, sexuality, and other identifiers can often separate people, the project proves we are all connected by something. 

And while students were hesitant to participate at first, now over 350 people have contributed to the display. 

Students left the project feeling like they learned a lot about the people around them.

The public was also invited to participate in the UNITY public art project at Black Hawk College.