Betty Zine Fest ’17
Date(s): October 7, 2017 at 11:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Paul Robeson Galleries
The “Betty Zinefest,” NJ’s only zine fair of zinemakers who are female-identified, LGBTQ/nonconforming, and of color, is back! More than 75 vendors will converge on Newark NJ on October 7 to sell their wares! Workshops and exhibitions!
The Bettys, an independent art collective, and two of Newark’s major arts institutions, Gallery Aferro and Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark, along with supporters Women and Gender Studies Program at Rutgers-Newark University and Express Newark’s Newark Print Shop and Shine Portrait Studio, are excited to announce the Betty Zinefest 2017, which is free to attend with all welcome. A NJ-based zinefest is a great offering for residents in and of itself, but the Betty Zinefest, returning to Newark for the second year, is extremely unique and valuable for another reason- it is run by young women of color, and highlights exclusively the artwork of youth, women, people of color, and LGBTQ/gender-nonconforming people: essentially those whose voice is often marginalized. Led by Aurora Diaz, the Bettyz, a 150-member collective, was founded in 2014. Diaz speaks about “the zine as a platform to bring marginalized people to the front.” This use of language is notable- “the front” references the framework of activism, gatherings and marches, as well other spaces like classrooms and art spaces where visibility is an unevenly distributed commodity.
Abuela Taught Me, Alyssa Spatola, The Asian American Literary Review, Ayana Allison, Bandida Comics, Barnard Zine Library & Barnard Zine Club, Belle Krup, The Bettys / #BETTYDISTRO, #Blkgrlswurld ZINE, Blue Crow / Marco Padilla, Blue Pear Projects, BOOKLYN, Brooklyn Waste Collective / Destiny Washington, Brusque Babe, Cathryn Ploehn, Connie Boje, The Doula Project, Danielle Fee, Emily McLean & Yesenia Moises, Evergreen Zines, Femme Mâché, Fizz Publishing, GenderFail, Ginger, GRLTRBL, Hoax Zine, HOMIE HOUSE PRESS, Hot Tag Zines, Hya Rosa, I Love Soda/ Rebecca B., Ife Olujobi / Townies, In A Rut Comics, Izzy Boyce-Blanchard, Karen Kaye Llamas, Khaleel, KOBY, La Liga Zine, La Chamba Press, Low Level, Maria Liebana, Margot Terc, Mikela Sheskier & Sophie Barba, Morgan Sturgeon, Mujeristas Collective, My Life Is a Joke / Aimee Pong, Naomi Berhane, Nico Acosta, Nicole Dyan, paige hanserd, Paradox Creations, P-GLiTCHii, Pub(SEX)lic, Pyrite Press, Stephanie Rodriguez, RECOUNT, Ruth Rodriguez, Sula Collective, Susie Magazine, Stay Kind! Distro, Timaya Forehand, Troll Hole & Friends, unbag, Vermin, We're Hir We're Queer, Woke Inc., Worser Beings, Yeiry Guevara, Zine Hug
- 11:15 am -12:30pm FREE
Collaging with Rebekah Torres
Facilitator Rebekah Torres
Cutting, tearing, pasting, changing shape and creating new forms; that is what collage is. It is graceful destruction and chaotic revival. The power of collage doesn't come from the source, but from what you did with it. I will guide you through a mess of paper, scraps and glue while we create something unique and new out of something that already exists.
- 12:45pm-2:00pm FREE
The Girls on Bikes Workshop
Facilitator : Girls On Bikes/ Kala La Fortune
The purpose of this workshop is to discuss self empowerment through participation in recreational activities and explore the usage of blacks and most importantly girls, on bikes in the urban community.
- 2:15pm - 3:45pm FREE
EMPOWERING WOMYN & FEMMES
Facilitators: W.I.S.E. (WOMENS INITIATIVE FOR SELF EMPOWERMENT)/ Nisma Zakaria and Shahrin Azim
This self-defense seminar will focus on creating a space to allow its participants to empower themselves by learning universally effective martial arts techniques. This seminar will focus primarily on how to defend from attacks that are common in hate crimes, such as shoves, multiple strikes to the face, and scarf/turban grabbing. Come dressed in your regular clothing, not loose gym outfits!