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AVONDALE — A group of crafty queer people have been meeting up for monthly potlucks over the past year to do art together and raise money for local organizations. 

The group, Artistic Alphabet Mafia, was founded by Wicker Park resident Lelie Woods this year. Woods intended to create a space where queer people can keep each other company while working on their art projects, they said.  

“My biggest joy is hearing people become friends with each other during the meetups,” Woods said. “I’ve heard from a lot of artsy people that it can be really isolating because you spend so much time refining your craft. But if you can meet other queer, creative people in a safe space, it can really become a source of longstanding community.” 

The group’s final meetup of the year is Nov. 5 at Firefly Fiber Arts, 2860 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Avondale. 

People will gather for a potluck where they’ll work on crafts together and trade clothing and art supplies. Out of the Closet charity is providing some free clothing and supplies for people, as well. 

Tickets are $5 and available online, where you can also find more information about what to bring to the event.  

Art supplies and Goosebumps books cover the table at one of Artistic Alphabet Mafia’s meetups. Credit: Provided/Lelia Woods
Crafters got together for a meetup in October to make Halloween art together. Credit: Provided/Lelia Woods

Woods decided to create Artistic Alphabet Mafia because they want to see more affordable, sober queer spaces in the city for people with sensory needs who might struggle to socialize.

“There are so many queer spaces in the city that are amazing and beautiful, but they’re not always accessible to me as someone who’s neurodivergent and queer,” Woods said. 

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