Shannon Downey aka Badass Cross Stitch is an artist, activist, craftivist, community builder, and general instigator. She moves people from passive consumers of art into engaged creators. Shannon leverages craft-based art forms to bring people together and offers them opportunities to transition from makers to change makers. Her work is about telling the truth and confronting harsh realities while simultaneously inspiring radical hope and a vision for what is possible. Shannon is faculty at Columbia College Chicago and is the founder of Seriously Badass Women. Her first book, Let's Move The Needle, a guide for art activists and craftivists, will be out next summer.