By Daniela Capistrano
Sept 29 was my birthday. I fell asleep watching “Parks & Recreation” with Mimi after a day of events, zine-making workshop, shopping in vintage stores and eaten incredible edibles. Perfect day.
What I will remember about Ann Arbor are the nice zombies (folks in costume) I met near the University of Michigan, the F.O.K.U.S group members who organized our campus event - who were incredible (thank you Malika, Tatiana and everyone else! <3) - and Shelley Salant, an awesome ally who helped us create a great experience at the 3rd Death Star last night.
This is how I will remember my first day of being 31, on the road with some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met:
We had two events in Ann Arbor and I’m not going to lie - I really wanted it to be this way. Why? Because it’s such a liberating feeling when we do academic events in the day and then take a version of that to punk and non-authoritarian/ally spaces at night, where even more people can join us in conversations about zines, race, gender, inequality, direct action and more. I knew that this day would be the best birthday gift to myself that I could possible give.
As we approached our destination, we marveled at the beautiful University of Michigan campus. F.O.K.U.S.(the student group that invited us) went all out - there was great signage everywhere, they had water for us and the vibe inside the workshop and panel spaces was excellent! <3
Signage in front of the Kelsey Museum at the University of Michigan. the F.O.K.U.S. folks did an awesome remix of our poster.
F.O.K.U.S. uses the arts to unite, inspire and empower within diverse communities. This is accomplished through the production of events, workshops and the publication of INSIGHT, a quarterly arts magazine.
F.O.K.U.S. highlights the importance of and need for the arts and creativity in life. They believe the arts enable people to rise above barriers in society by creating new paths of communication and ways of thinking.
Here are some of the great folks from F.O.K.U.S.:
After an interactive art activity by FOKUS, we led a multimedia discussion surrounding the intersection of race, punk/DIY culture, and zine culture.
Tatiana participates in their workshop activity us and the students. Collaboration! <3
Osa snacks on her book, coming soon from Mend My Dress Press.
Tatiana and Anna Vo looking super cute together during the activity.
Here’s my creation from the activity: my representation of “home.”
After the activity, we headed to another room to do our presentation and discussion. I was psyched to see this sign up on the door. Mission statement!
Cristy read as well but I was working the projector and forgot to snap a photo. Here’s a pic of the audience instead.
We finished our time on campus with a zine-making workshop, led by Anna Vo.
Here’s the zine that I made! It contains the dreams of the students who participated. It’s pretty awesome. I’m going to ask other people on the tour to write in it as well - sort of like my tour yearbook.
After the panel, we ate and then explored Ann Arbor. Mimi and I went a little nuts in the vintage shops. I can’t share what we bought because I forgot to take pictures but trust me: super cute.
After losing Anna for a while (record store vortex), we headed to The 3rd Deathstar, where Shelley had set up a great event for us. He she is at the door, handling the $:
This is Ricky Walker and Mimi having a reunion! He was in Race Riot #2 when he was seventeen.
This is Dina from the band Swimsuit (they performed after our reading). I was handling the merch table so I don’t have any pics of them performing, but check out their Bandcamp.
<3 bathroom graffiti.
Osa chats with Amber (center), who is also in Swimsuit with Dina and Shelley.
Here’s Mimi and Mireya this morning. We’re staying in Mireya’s apartment while we’re in Chicago, she’s an excellent host <3
I have to wrap this up now - It’s time to go to brunch before we prepare for tonight’s event. We’ll be at multikulti in Chicago! We go extra hard for you, so come through y’all <3
Things to remember and contact us about (if you want to collaborate):
1) We’re doing a zine about this tour, so if you were part of any of the events, let us know if you want to contribute.
2) We’re doing a national conference in 2015.
3) We love you.
ABOUT POC ZINE PROJECT
POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share - community and activism through materiality. We are touring through 12 cities from Sept 24 - Oct 7.
All tour dates: http://bit.ly/PeEgaR
TOUR RECAPS ARCHIVE
Oct 7: Death By Audio - Brooklyn
Oct 3: Skylab - Columbus
Oct 2: Rachael’s Cafe - Bloomington
Sept 30: multikulti - Chicago
Sept 28: The Trumbullplex - Detroit
Sept 26: Mr. Roboto Project - Pittsburgh
Sept 25: The Wooden Shoe - Philly
Sept 24: 538 Johnson - NYC - Brooklyn
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