The Welcome Blanket Project aims to connect people already living in the United States residents with our country’s new immigrants through stories and handmade blankets, providing both symbolic and literal comfort and warmth. At the same time, the project offers a positive, hands-on way to understand the scope of a 2000-mile border wall and to subvert it from an idea of exclusion to one of inclusion. By participating in this project, people will also come together to talk about immigration policy and how it affects real-live people.


Jayna Zweiman: Founder

Kat Coyle: Designer of "Come Together Blanket"

Abira Ali: Artist

Hadassah Margolis: Consultant, Content and Strategy/Writer

Hayley Helmreich: Tutorial Production

Liz Leong: Media Relations

Ingrid Wilcox: Social Media and Editor and Operations

Sydney Waters: Social Media

Betsy Heafitz: Consulting Editor

Stefanie Kamerman: Operations

Ivy Krysiak: Marketing Consultant






There have been dozens of people who have contributed to the crafting of Welcome Blanket. We would like to extend a gigantic thanks to: 

Alison Gass, the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago

The entire Welcome Blanket team at the Smart Museum, especially: 

Michael Christiano, John Harness, C.J. Lind


Additional Consultants:

Naomi Steinberg, Director of Refugee Council USA