Connecting Communities Through the Arts

Springboard's The Red Thread Project® Blog

The Red Thread Project® is off to an exciting start! Explore our blog to see some of the original student work, student quotes, testimonials and Red Thread photos. This blog will be updated often and we encourage you to check back periodically. Thank you to all our supporters who make The Red Thread Project® possible!

The Red Thread Project® is the creation of artist Lindsay Obermeyer. For more information visit

Sincerely, The Springboard Staff


The Red Thread Project’s® “Dance of Hats” — Nov. 3

The Red Thread Project® “Dance of Hats” will take place at Laumeier Sculpture Park on November 3rd (Rain date: November 4th) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, led by artist Lindsey Obermeyer. Students in 7 regional elementary schools have learned a simple knitting technique to create colorful hats through the Red Thread Project®. During the “Dance of Hats”,  students will then wear their hats, connected by a 1/2 mile long red thread, and dance in unison in front of a 65 ft tall sculpture, “The Way”.

The Red Thread Project®, a creation of artist Lindsay Obermeyer, is based on a Chinese proverb that describes how an invisible red thread connects us all.
Afterwards, the hats are disconnected and donated to local charities chosen by the participating students. In collaboration with Springboard, this project was funded by the Missouri Arts Council, the Arts and Education Council, and the Regional Arts Commission.

We invite you to join us at the Dance of Hats! Please call (314) 289-4120 with any questions.

A student at St. Roch School works on knitting her hat in preparation for the “Dance of Hats.”

The Hats Are Connected!



Dance of Hats — May 12

The Red Thread Project’s® “Dance of Hats” will be taking place next Thursday, May 12, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road,St. Louis, 63127). Admission is free so come on out and participate in this community art endeavor!

The “Dance of Hats” is a culminating event of art and service, including six regional schools and the community in a ‘Dance of Hats’, inspired by a Chinese legend, led by artist Lindsey Obermeyer.

You’re Invited! This Saturday, April 16

The Red Thread Kick-Off  Event at the Park — Connecting Communities Through the Arts
 This Saturday, April 16, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
 Join us for an afternoon of art activities including knitting hats, weaving, music, storytelling and an opportunity to benefit the community. Knitters, artists of all ages and the creatively curious are invited to work on their own projects or create items for donation to local charities.
Based on a Chinese proverb that describes how an invisible red thread connects us all, artist Lindsay Obermeyer’s The Red Thread Project®, as presented by Springboard, is a community art endeavor involving hundreds of students and adults in creating art while performing a community service. It visualizes a community’s interdependence through the making, connecting, exhibiting and distributing of handmade hats.
We hope to see you there!

Age Doesn’t Matter

The Red Thread Project® can help people in more ways than one. The following story is an example of how this project can affect people’s lives.

Mrs. Nyberg is a 4th grade teacher at Brown Elementary. Her father, who is 93, had a stroke last year. Since then, Mrs. Nyberg shared The Red Thread Project® with him and to date he has made 23 hats! She claims the knitting therapy has greatly improved his dexerity. Everyone associated with The Red Thread Project® is very proud of his contributions as is he! The Red Thread Project® has brought him and everyone involved with the project great joy.

St. Roch Student Quotes

“When I knit a hat to give to someone else it makes me feel great, awesome and really, really excited because I get to help the needy while having lots and lots of fun. My Red Thread hat looks like a big, soft fuzz ball and feels like a huge, fluffy teddy bear.” — Emily Hickey

“When I knit a hat to give to someone else it makes me feel happy and I get a warm fuzzy feeling in my stomach.” — Marta Schneider

“The Red Thread is an organization that makes hats and encourages people to help the needy, the people that don’t have as much as we do, and the poor. Every stitch counts!” — Anna Nissen

Elementary Student Quotes

“The Red Thread is a group of kids and adults who are knitting hats for the less fortunate. When I knit a hat to give to someone else it makes me feel really great, awesome, like a hero because I am helping and probably making people happy and feel better!” — Dani, Wyland Elementary

“When I knit my hat I feel like I am doing the right thing because someone will put this hat on and have something to comfort them. ” — Elise, Kehrs Mill

“When I hit a hat to give to someone else it makes me feel giving, happy and helpful because I made something for someone who needs it.” — Carmen, Kehrs Mill

“Knowing [my hat] will be given to someone in need makes me feel like a real good friend. It makes me feel like a real good person.” — Jazmine, Ames V.P.A.