The hopes we wear on our backs /// Community Weaving with PlySpace Resident Kacie Lyn Martinez

The Muncie Arts and Culture Council and PlySpace, an artist-in-residence program based in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District in downtown Muncie, Indiana, are excited to announce the second Summer Term Resident Artist, Kacie Lyn Martinez. Martinez is a participatory fiber artist based in Brooklyn, New York whose work generates contemporary weaving projects which combine therapeutic, meditative practice with traditional weaving methods. While in residence at PlySpace throughout the month of August, Martinez will present a public weaving project, ”the hopes we wear on our backs”, at Canan Commons. 

The participatory public art project titled “the hopes we wear on our backs” explores the process of collectively envisioning Muncie’s future. During the month-long project, Muncie residents are invited to write out their hopes for the city on strips of recycled clothing which will then be woven by Martinez and interested participants into a temporary public artwork installed at the Canan Commons grates.  Participants can also submit "hopes" online at

The artist will be on site to answer questions about the project and her process, and invites the public to participate by sharing their hopes and dreams for Muncie in person. She will continue the project by facilitating public participation each Saturday throughout the month of August from 11 AM to 2 PM. Martinez will also be on site Saturday, August 4th from 6-8 PM prior to Downtown Development’s Moonlight Movie screening of “Wonder Woman” at Canan Commons

Join in and help us spread the word about our hopes for Muncie!

Learn more about the project at