In reference to the song "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'round the Ole Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando; The Yellow Ribbon Project is a community art movement that involves "Fiber Bombing" trees with yellow cord, yarn, fabric, or other fibers. Posting these Yellow Ribbons ushers awareness to our homeless veterans and sparks a conversation about the resources that are (and aren't) available. Dog Tags will be added to our fiber installations as a source of information not only on the project, but also linking to a site where you'll be able to find a list of neighborhood organizations that are willing and able to help our fellow Veterans find homes/support. The project will be curated by The Art and History Museum of Maitland and lead by local artist, Victoria Walsh (Macrame Momma). The project will stretch outside of the gallery and will be installed in various Central Florida neighborhoods with the help of volunteers and fiber groups throughout surrounding cities.
Our next Central Florida Yellow Ribbon Project will be held on Sept 23rd at Lake Lily Park. All ages are welcome. Please check in at our booth during the Lake Lily Farmer's Market.
You can also learn more by joining us on Sept 5th at Art and History Museum of Maitland's Culture Pop, or at the Fall Fiber Festival held at The Downtown Public Library on Sept 30th.
We will also be tying yellow ribbons around trees on Nov 1st, on campus at The University of Central Florida. This project is supported by joining forces with the UCF History Department and UCF Community Veteran's History Project.
Click below for information on where to find help for veteran housing and food. We have compiled a list of organizations that do their best to provide veterans a step up in finding their way home.