Zines: The Power of Art and Text

The Power of Art and Text

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Photo Courtesy of Paperhouse Outreach Collective. ZIPE 2016 and 2017 youth zines archive.

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Zines: The Power of Art and Text

Join us for a powerful workshop that examines how zines--self-published works of art and literature—have been used by writers, activists, artists, youth, and groups that have historically experienced discrimination and erasure, to create communities and give voice to their stories and ideas. Today, zines offer a unique lens into stories of identity, social justice issues, and histories from historically silenced voices. In this workshop, you will be introduced to hidden histories and art that will captivate you and your students. You will also gain technical skills to make zines and learn about resources that will enable students to publish their own.


Educators will also have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to book a Fall 2018 field trip for your class to work with professional artists and writers from 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC, Deaf, Mad, and disabled communities to create their own zines.
  • Learn how students can apply to be a XYZines Youth Council member (paid honorarium position) this summer, publish a digital zine, and showcase and sell their print zine at the December 2018 Cedarbrae Zine Fair.

After this workshop, you will receive an “alternative curriculum” package with artist zines, print samples, resources, instructions, and more!  


This workshop is intended for middle and high school educators and is a collaboration between Paperhouse Outreach Collective, Koffler Centre for the Arts, Toronto Art Book Fair, and Facing History and Ourselves.


*ASL and accessibility assistance is available: after receiving a registration confirmation email, please contact: Flora at [email protected]

  A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Artist Facilitator(s):

  • Flora Shum & Emily Cook (Paperhouse Outreach)
  • Nigel Martin, Youth Leader
  • Whitney French, Artist Facilitator
  • Jasmine Wong (Facing History and Ourselves)
  • Patricia Ritacca & Dainesha Nugent-Palache (Koffler Gallery)
  • Maxine Proctor (Toronto Art Book Fair)

Location: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/cedarbrae/


Cedarbrae Public Library
Community Room
545 Markham Rd
Scarborough, ON M1H 2A1
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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