Make Hearts for Humans with Army of Lovers

Do you dread Valentine’s Day or relish it? Whether you are single, married, “consciously coupled” or in the nascent stages of a recently established relationship, Valentine’s Day evokes complicated, sometimes ambivalent feelings. It’s a holiday that is purportedly focused on the celebration of love but oftentimes feels overly commercialized, exclusive or judgemental.  Army of Lovers seeks to change that. At heart (pun intended) Army of Lovers started as a humble community organization, founded in Brooklyn in 2013 by Erika Anderson. Army of Lovers has since blossomed into a loosely organized international movement with the goal of recognizing everyone’s humanity, dignity, and need to feel loved.

Make Hearts for Humans is one of Army of Lovers’ crafting events in which like-minded individuals make cards for the purpose of passing them out to complete strangers around the city on Valentine’s Day. The event is being held in New York City on February 9th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. It’s free, open to the public, and a great opportunity to meet locals and, perhaps, make new friends. Events like Hearts for Humans will also be hosted in various cities around the country and the world. And if the event strikes you as something you would like to do yourself, you can host your own. Details on that, all other events, and the particulars of the organization can be found through their website here.

For a preview of the event, check out our post from a previous Hearts for Humans crafting event here.

Finding Love in New York City on Valentine’s Day with the Army of Lovers

Those who know me know that I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. In fact, I kind of despise it. And it’s not just because I don’t buy in to the carefully orchestrated marketing frenzy of overpriced gifts and experiences leading up to the holiday. It’s because something about glorifying coupledom has always rubbed me the wrong way. Sure, I can acknowledge the value of taking the time to appreciate your significant other, but that should really happen more than once a year, don’t you think? Justin and I have never been one of those couples who only hangs out with other couples. In fact, we have many friendships with individuals who happen to be unattached. And, surprise, they are no less spectacular because they haven’t “found the one”, “met their soulmate”, or “made the perfect match”.

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