ZIPE is a Zine Production and Exchange Program for youth and young adults who identify or ally with LGBTQIA2S (lesbian, gay, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and two spirited), disabled and POC (person of colour) communities. ZIPE learners create, print, and publish their own zines with the guidance of community artists to sell and table at local fairs and festivals. The 12-week program hosts a 4 hour workshop once a week and provides a safe space for learners to generate their ideas/narratives and publish their own zines. ZIPE offers its learners access to studio space, community resources and the guidance of local artists in the production of each learner’s zine. ZIPE connects learners with local organizations and resources to provide a network of support and outreach opportunities from within the Toronto zinester community. ZINE 2016 has been facilitated by local Toronto artists who are strong voices within the LGBTQIA2S, disabled and POC communities. ZIPE provides art workshops outside of institutional settings and is structured to guide participants through the process of writing, image making, Risograph printing, silkscreening and bookbinding.
Workshops are a safe and inclusive space for learners to talk openly about social barriers, personal experiences, and explore alternative methods of storytelling.
The artist-instructors for ZIPE 2016 are jes sachse, Eli Howey, Mary Tremonte, Paddy Leung, Flora Shum and Emily Cook. The class assistants are Sevi Beaumont and Maanii Oaks. ZIPE 2016 learners will be participating and tabling/selling their zines in the Toronto Art Book Fair, Zine Dream, and Word on the Street.
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