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Zine Fest Houston 2018


Zine Fest Houston (ZFH)  is a local volunteer-run organization and annual, all-ages festival dedicated to promoting zines (self-published magazines), mini-comics, and other forms of small press, alternative, and underground DIY media and art. Admission is always free and low cost table space is made available for creators, writers, and artists involved in the creation, publication, distribution, or promotion of alternative DIY media. ZFH is the sole event in Houston that specifically provides a platform for emerging and established regional and national zine makers in the DIY community to exchange new work and create meaningful relationships that lead to productive collaboration.

This year’s programming includes lectures on healthcare options for freelancers/artists and the history of wrestling, and workshops on teen and youth zine making and DIY animation. Fresh Arts' Cultured Cocktails will donate a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales to support ZFH 2018's launch of the spb grant during the 5pm - 8pm happy hour on Thursday, August 23, at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar. ZFH will also collaborate with local comedy wrestling organization Doomsday Wrestling on a make-your-own wrestler zine making workshop for their September performance to celebrate Zine Fest Houston 2018's wrestling theme.
When:
Nov 17, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes

ZFH Opens Registration for 2018 Festival, Launches shane patrick boyle Memorial Grant for Emerging Zinesters

Contact Name:
Nancy Agin Dunnahoe
Contact Phone:
8324443103
Press Documents:

(HOUSTON) – Registration is now open for Zine Fest Houston 2018, which will take place November 17, 2018, from 12pm - 6pm, at Lawndale Art Center. Registration will close on September 17, 2018. As part of its mission to lift up marginalized voices in the creative sphere, Zine Fest Houston (ZFH) also announces the launch of its shane patrick boyle Memorial Grant for Emerging Zinesters (spb Grant), which will provide an artist stipend to an LGBTQ+ creator to attend this year’s festival.

The spb Grant honors ZFH founder shane patrick boyle, who passed away unexpectedly in 2017. "We are proud to launch this special initiative honoring shane, who always encouraged creative expression and embraced the unique members of Houston's DIY community,” say ZFH organizers Maria-Elisa Heg, Anastasia Kirages, Evan McCarley and Sarah Welch. “We hope to keep his legacy alive by providing support to emerging LGBTQ+ creators, and also especially encourage POC to apply."

ZFH is a local volunteer-run organization and annual, all-ages festival dedicated to promoting zines (self-published magazines), mini-comics, and other forms of small press, alternative and underground DIY media and art. Admission is always free and low cost table space is made available for creators, writers and artists involved in the creation, publication, distribution or promotion of alternative DIY media. ZFH is the sole event in Houston that specifically provides a platform for emerging and established regional and national zine makers in the DIY community to exchange new work and create meaningful relationships that lead to productive collaboration.

This year’s programming includes lectures on healthcare options for freelancers/artists and the history of wrestling, and workshops on teen and youth zine making and DIY animation.

Fresh Arts’ Cultured Cocktails will donate a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales to support ZFH 2018’s launch of the spb grant during the 5pm - 8pm happy hour on Thursday, August 23, at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar. ZFH will also collaborate with local comedy wrestling organization Doomsday Wrestling on a make-your-own wrestler zine making workshop for their September performance to celebrate this year’s festival theme.

Attendance to ZFH is free and open to the public.

About Zine Fest Houston

Zine Fest Houston (ZFH) is dedicated to providing opportunities and space for zinesters, artists, and self-publishers to present DIY works and participate in an alternative avenue for commerce. Through year-round educational programming, publications and a free annual festival, ZFH seeks to empower independent artists, lift up marginalized voices in the creative sphere, and promote equitable conditions for its creative community to thrive. ZFH 2018 is generously supported by Fresh Arts, Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Follow our space at zinefesthouston.org.

ZFH Opens Registration for 2018 Festival, Launches shane patrick boyle Memorial Grant for Emerging Zinesters

Contact Name:
Nancy Agin Dunnahoe
Contact Phone:
8324443103
Press Documents:

(HOUSTON) – Registration is now open for Zine Fest Houston 2018, which will take place November 17, 2018, from 12pm - 6pm, at Lawndale Art Center. Registration will close on September 17, 2018. As part of its mission to lift up marginalized voices in the creative sphere, Zine Fest Houston (ZFH) also announces the launch of its shane patrick boyle Memorial Grant for Emerging Zinesters (spb Grant), which will provide an artist stipend to an LGBTQ+ creator to attend this year’s festival.

The spb Grant honors ZFH founder shane patrick boyle, who passed away unexpectedly in 2017. "We are proud to launch this special initiative honoring shane, who always encouraged creative expression and embraced the unique members of Houston's DIY community,” say ZFH organizers Maria-Elisa Heg, Anastasia Kirages, Evan McCarley and Sarah Welch. “We hope to keep his legacy alive by providing support to emerging LGBTQ+ creators, and also especially encourage POC to apply."

ZFH is a local volunteer-run organization and annual, all-ages festival dedicated to promoting zines (self-published magazines), mini-comics, and other forms of small press, alternative and underground DIY media and art. Admission is always free and low cost table space is made available for creators, writers and artists involved in the creation, publication, distribution or promotion of alternative DIY media. ZFH is the sole event in Houston that specifically provides a platform for emerging and established regional and national zine makers in the DIY community to exchange new work and create meaningful relationships that lead to productive collaboration.

This year’s programming includes lectures on healthcare options for freelancers/artists and the history of wrestling, and workshops on teen and youth zine making and DIY animation.

Fresh Arts’ Cultured Cocktails will donate a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales to support ZFH 2018’s launch of the spb grant during the 5pm - 8pm happy hour on Thursday, August 23, at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar. ZFH will also collaborate with local comedy wrestling organization Doomsday Wrestling on a make-your-own wrestler zine making workshop for their September performance to celebrate this year’s festival theme.

Attendance to ZFH is free and open to the public.

About Zine Fest Houston

Zine Fest Houston (ZFH) is dedicated to providing opportunities and space for zinesters, artists, and self-publishers to present DIY works and participate in an alternative avenue for commerce. Through year-round educational programming, publications and a free annual festival, ZFH seeks to empower independent artists, lift up marginalized voices in the creative sphere, and promote equitable conditions for its creative community to thrive. ZFH 2018 is generously supported by Fresh Arts, Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Follow our space at zinefesthouston.org.

Exploring Life's Most Powerful Moments in Memoir


INSTRUCTORJoyce Boatright
TIME: Two Saturdays, September 22nd, September 29th, 1-4 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, September 17th: $80 for members, $95 for non-members; After Monday, September 17th: $95 for members, $110 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers
NOTE: This workshop was formerly entitled, “Turning Points in the Arc of Memoir”

You have a memoir—a life story—that you know needs to be written. But how? There is so much to tackle in crafting a memoir, no matter the length. Where do you begin? How do you shape a memory into a story that engages readers? How do you sustain their interest?

In this workshop, we will explore the important turning points in your life, so you can choose the one(s) that merit your attention. We’ll also examine the popular themes in memoir so you know how to publish your finished memoir, if you so desire. We’ll discuss memoir and truth, answering questions about whose truth it is... or is it? Finally, everyone will discover the natural arc (inner change) that comes from overcoming life’s challenges, which is so crucial in a credible memoir.

Participants will have prompts to practice skills in discovering these elements of memoir as well as have the opportunity to workshop their first draft of a beginning memoir at the second session.​


When:
Sep 22, 2018
Cost:
$80-$110
Time:
1:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
1-4pm, $80-$110
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Spiritual Memoir with Cameron Dezen Hammon


INSTRUCTORCameron Dezen Hammon
TIME: Saturday, September 15th, 1-4 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, September 10th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, September 10th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members
LOCATIONWritespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

To borrow an aphorism—writing about spirituality is like dancing about architecture. In other words, it’s a challenge, though not an impossible one. In this workshop, we will discover that writing about our spiritual lives is not only possible but potentially enjoyable and rewarding. Through study of outstanding examples of the genre, in-class writing prompts, short lessons on craft, and class discussion, participants will work toward developing a spiritual vocabulary that articulates their individual experiences and traditions, while connecting them to the shared human experience. Spiritual memoir is open to writers from all spiritual and religious traditions, as well as to those who claim no spiritual or religious tradition. Essayist Joan Didion wrote, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” In this workshop, we will discover new and engaging ways to articulate our unique spiritual stories, in order to more fully explore and inhabit our spiritual lives.

When:
Sep 15, 2018
Cost:
$40-$65
Time:
1:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
1-4pm, $40-$65
Location:
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Writing from Your Life

One Day Writing Workshop

INSTRUCTORCameron Dezen Hammon

“Each of us is a book waiting to be written,” writes memoirist Thomas M. Cirignano, and in this workshop, we will discover the stories that wait inside us. We will investigate the events of our lives, how they’ve changed us, and what they mean—or how their meaning eludes us. Specifically, we will write about our lives through the form of the personal essay. The word “essay” means to attempt, or endeavor, and in this generative class, participants will create new writing that endeavors to describe and explore our unique personal experiences. We will read examples of various forms of the personal essay like confessional, flash (very short), and hermit crab—a personal essay generated from existing writing such as a recipe, prayer, or list of ingredients. Students will gain new insight into the creative process and experience and explore the personal essay as form, a form that seeks to pose rather than resolve questions. 


TIME: Saturday, June 2nd, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, May 28th: $40 for members, $55 for non-members; After Monday, May 28th: $50 for members, $65 for non-members. 
LOCATION: Writespace at 2000 Edwards #212, Houston, TX, 77007
LEVEL: All Levels
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers


Due Date: Jun 2, 2018
Contact Name: Elizabeth White-Olsen
Phone: 7135165679
Fee: $40-$65
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60+ MONTH-LONG RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIPS

25 VSC Fellowships Open to ALL Artists and Writers


ALL artists and writers applying at the 2/15/2018 fellowship deadline are automatically considered for one of 25 VSC Fellowships.



Every VSC residency includes:

--private room

--private studio space

--all meals.



Apply: https://vsc.slideroom.com/



We also have a number of special awards (many with stipends), including residency fellowships for artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood; socially-engaged teaching artists; Native American visual artists; 2D woman artists; and artists and writers with demonstrable financial need and more! In addition to these special awards, many generous merit-based grants are available.



For the complete list of awards, visit: www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships


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The Vermont Studio Center is a vibrant, diverse community of artists situated in Vermont's northern Green Mountains. Each month we welcome more than 50 writers and visual artists from across the country and around the globe to our historic campus along the Gihon River in the town of Johnson, Vermont.



Residencies range from 2 to 12 weeks and offer residents unrestricted time for creative work, along with daily opportunities to engage with fellow artists. Our monthly program includes slide nights, readings, open studios, gallery openings, and optional studio visits and conferences with our Visiting Artists and Writers.



Email: info@vermontstudiocenter.org

Phone: 802.635.2727


Due Date: Feb 15, 2018
Contact Name: Nicole Czapinski
Phone: 8026352727
Fee: $25
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Inspired by Robert Frank: Publishing the Photobook in the 21st Century

The Museum’s Hirsch Library and the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) jointly present this panel discussion about the current environment in the field of photography and photobooks, as well as perspectives on the future.

Held in the Brown Auditorium Theater at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Moderator: Ashlyn Davis, executive director, Houston Center for Photography | Introduced by Jon Evans, chief librarian and archivist, MFAH

Panel participants:
• Alejandro Cartagena, photographer and editor
• Manfred Heiting, designer, editor, and collector
• Kevin Messina, publisher and editor
• Gerhard Steidl, printer and publisher

The publishing of Robert Frank's landmark photobook, The Americans (1959), inspired generations of photographers to embark upon their own artistic careers. His searing views of postwar America created a new kind of poetry for the medium that was distinctly tied to the form of the photobook, and subsequently inspired generations of photographers to use the photobook in unconventional and impactful ways. Surprisingly, the digital age in which we live has spawned a photobook renaissance, with increased interest in publishing, collecting, and scholarly research in the field.

The Museum’s Hirsch Library and the Houston Center for Photography (HCP) jointly present this panel discussion about the current environment in the field of photography and photobooks, as well as perspectives on the future. This program, which brings together a distinct group of leaders in the field, is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2017, on view at HCP from December 8, 2017, through January 5, 2018.

For more than three decades, the MFAH has had a commitment to Frank’s work through its collection of more than 400 of the artist’s photographs, distribution of many of his films, virtually complete holdings of his books, and maquettes for two seminal book works, The Americans and Lines of My Hand.


When:
Dec 9, 2017
Cost:
• $5 Students with ID & members of the MFAH and HCP • $10 Adult nonmembers
Time:
11:00 am
Saturday Time & Price:
11:00am - 12:30pm • $5 Students with ID & members of the MFAH and HCP • $10 Adult nonmembers

Free Student Workshop & Docent Tour about "Vedem - The Secret Magazine of the Terezin Ghetto

Vedem, WWII, Holocaust, Workshop, Students, Creative Activism, Creativity, Docent Tour

Come visit the the Vedem Exhibit at the Czech Center Museum.

On view: September 12th, 2017  to November 30th, 2017

 

Vedem’s magazine’s lessons of artistic activism will inspire today’s teens! It’s a chance to use creative means to explore their identity while driving change in their own communities.

Vedem Underground : The Secret Boys Magazine deconstructs and reinterprets the literary work of a secret society of Jewish boys, who created the longest-running underground magazine in a Nazi camp. Using a combination of pop-art graphics, drawings and paintings, and the prose and poetry of teenage prisoners in the Terezin Ghetto, the exhibit breaks down the 83 weekly issues totaling the 800 pages of Vedem (“In The Lead” in Czech”), then reconstructs them in the form of a contemporary magazine.

Through the exhibit, Vedem, which was produced from 1942-44, is recreated as the original ‘zine (hand made magazine), complete with “Masthead,” “Mission,” “Newsroom,” “Printing Press” and “Circulation” sections as well as panels dedicated to subject matter such as “Columns,” “Features,” “Humor” and “News and Editorial” panels.

Vedem Underground enlarges the intimate scale of the original publication while mixing and matching works of art with poetry and prose to create a collage in which Vedem is reinterpreted as a work of artistic activism that remains as relevant today as it did more than 70 years ago.

The Vedem Underground multimedia project examines the historic, cultural and artistic legacy of Vedem, a teen-authored magazine that was the only underground publication to be regularly produced by young Nazi concentration camp prisoners.

Vedem Underground teaches an invaluable lesson that transcends religion, age and eras to secondary-school and college students. Students are able to see how young activists inside the Terezin ghetto fearlessly fought anti-Semitism using their creative expression.

 FREE WORKSHOPS & CLASSES AVAILABLE!

Students participate in journalism workshop that concludes with student creations of hand-made magazines (‘zines).

The workshop is designed to teach middle- through college students both the historic context of Vedem and the art of creating a ‘zine, or hand- made magazine, as a symbol of creative expression, and a way to explore one’s identity through socially-engaged creativity.

They will conclude the course showcasing their work for the community with a ‘zine pop-up exhibit, where they will share ideas and trade their ‘zines.

FOR MORE INFO CALL 713-528-2060 or email development@czechcenter.org

 

When:
Nov 2, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017
For further information, please visit the brochure link. To follow our free events, please visit our Facebook page.
Cost:
Free for students $6 for adults
Time:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
Free for students and $6 for adults
Tuesday Time & Price:
Free for students and $6 for adults
Wednesday Time & Price:
Free for students and $6 for adults
Thursday Time & Price:
Free for students and $6 for adults
Friday Time & Price:
Free for students and $6 for adults
Saturday Time & Price:
Free for students and $6 for adults

Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s

A new exhibit will open at the University of Houston Libraries in November.

Anarcha-Feminist Zines and Alternative Press of the 1970s, curated by Nancy Agin Dunnahoe of Wild Dog Archives, celebrates a collection of 1970s second-wave feminist and anarcha-feminist works collected or created by Henry Weissborn and generously donated by Wild Dog Archives to UH Special Collections.

In the late 1970s, a sociology student and Yippie named Henry Weissborn organized the University of Houston (UH) Direct Action Committee. His underground D.I.Y. zines, Ultra and Wild Dog, explored sociopolitical issues such as civil disobedience, LGBTQ rights, feminism, and a new counterculture called punk. Weissborn also contributed to other independent activist publications, including the inaugural issue of Bread & Roses (1978), the UH Feminists Newsletter. “Patriarchy is a destructive, culturally embedded force, and a revolution in consciousness is a prerequisite for its elimination,” he wrote in Bread & Roses.

This collection of zines and alternative press periodicals represents a movement toward equality, which has yet to be fully realized in 2017. Selected works from the collection will be on display during the 40th anniversary of the 1977 National Women’s Conference as a tribute to the writers, reviewers, theorists, activists, organizers, and consciousness-raising groups of the second wave who strove for equal representation and a revolution of human rights.

The exhibit will be on display from November 5 through November 12 near Special Collections on the second floor of MD Anderson Library. For more information, contact Mary Manning at 713.743.5893.
When:
Nov 5, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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