On behalf of public space and of public good, Ara Christina Jo is faceted as a community organizer, freelance graphic designer, illustrator and gallery preparator based in Oakland, CA.
Since 2008, Ara has been a volunteering Member and Gallery Director at the all-volunteer-run non-profit Rock Paper Scissors Collective, organizing accessible exhibits, performances, readings and workshops (read POCZP’s 2013 RPSC tour recap here).
To celebrate literary and visual fashion, Ara also is a co-organizer of the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest (EBABZ) hosted at Berkeley City College for the last two years alongside Tomas Moniz (RAD DAD), dedicated to reciprocating the needs of the creative community in the Bay Area.
In addition to participating in POCZP’s panel discussion at the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest, Ara will be sharing our tabling space with us. Here’s a preview of what you can buy and/or do a trade for:
"Diez Digitz" - 17"x11" xerox bond (2011)
Bringing out an oldie but a goodie! “Diez Digitz” is a contemporary coloring book of four life-size center-spreads of hands in several varieties of nail shapes and themed settings, illustrated to redefine the expressive personality relative to the fantasies and harsh realities women face, sans faces. This coloring zine was drawn in attempt to make friends and exchange goods and services with those that honored bartering in Mexico DF.
Purchase is available in-person or by request via e-mail (arachristinajo AT gmail DOT com).
Ara will also be tabling with the East Bay Alternative book & Zine Fest official program/zine, “You Turn My Pages” how to make a zine-zine, “Um Ma” zine about Korean moms, shrinky dink & toy pins, and more!
ARA, IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Here is what Ara shared about being a POCZP collaborator this year:
As a native to Los Angeles, I am ashamed of never having attended, let alone participated in LA Zine Fest. Some cuties representing LAZF tabled for two days next to the RPSC booth I was sitting (granted gratis annually from SFZF) and couldn’t help become impressed that they had come to The Bay to spread the good word about their baby zine fest in-the-making. Out of all California has to offer exhibiting book arts and independent publishing, I am proud to witness (from afar) an event that invests so much effort into juggling events year-round.I find the same grade of tenacious energy when I started following the POCZP tour thru the POCZP Instagram, all smiles uploaded. Working with Tomas of RAD DAD, I was introduced to the project, scouring over the website in gratitude. Inspiration is inevitable, grown from the miles of sweat and gas and bad fast food that the contributors of POCZP trailed to share stories, facts, hopes and disappointments.Ideas are pouring from all sides, making new fronts to defend and decorate. Let it be known: I’m holding a banner up alongside you.
POC Zine Project tabled at the 2013 L.A. Zine Fest and had a lot of fun. Read the recap here.
As part of our advocacy to support as many POC creators as possible, we’ve partnered with both new and past folks on this year’s events. POCZP founder Daniela Capistrano put out a call for new tabling and speaking partners for the 2014 L.A. Zine Fest, which resulted in our latest lineup.
We will announce panel discussion details on February 12, 2014.
MEET ALL OUR COLLABORATORS
Ara Christina Jo (Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland, CA)
Dail Chambers (Founder, Yeyo Arts collective in St. Louis, MO)
Nyky Gomez (Founder, Brown Recluse Zine Distro in Seattle, WA)
Tracey Brown (Community Organizer in New Orleans)
ABOUT 2014 L.A. ZINE FEST
L.A. Zine Fest is organized by a collective of zine-enthusiasts dedicated to promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in L.A.–artistic or otherwise. They aim to create opportunities for people to share self-published works and host events that encourage ideas to spill out onto paper in pictures and words. They believe that by embracing the urge to create and sharing ideas there can be a more robust and formidable local zine community that extends beyond bookstores and bedrooms. L.A. Zine Fest is an opportunity for Southern California’s zinesters to come together en masse in order to meet and exchange ideas with those from all over the country.
Join us this year on February 16, 2014, when LAZF welcomes 175+ exhibitors of zines and small press publications to Helms Bakery as zinesters, comics creators and DIY publishers to come together to share their work with each other and with the public at large.
Helms Bakery District Parking Garage
(between La Dijonaise and Vitra)
8703 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
SUPPORT POC ZINE PROJECT
If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goal for 2014. If you have it to spare, we appreciate your support. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series.
We are rebooting our org structure and operations in 2014 and will be transparent about that process. Stay tuned.
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