Zine and Small Press Fest coming to Michigan City

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City. 

If you make or draw a zine, you'll have a chance to showcase your work at the upcoming Zine & Small Press Fest in Michigan City.

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City Public Library, Calumet Artist Residency, and Mythos Publications will stage the festival to showcase the work of abut 40 artists who produce zines, self-published underground magazines that often feature poetry, comics and subversive viewpoints.

"Zines and self-published literature are often thought of as underground or insignificant, and this event seeks to establish the medium as important works of documentation, community activism, and storytelling," Lubeznik Educational Director Hannah Hammond-Hagman said in an email. "Zinemakers have historically come from spaces and places that would not find representation in conventional galleries or publications, so these artists and authors assemble and distribute their own works within the niche communities they represent, be that as musicians, political activists, or alternative voices of all kinds."

Local zine artists will sell their work at exhibitor tables throughout the galleries at the Lubenik on April 21. Several more free public events are planned.

A zine workshop for youth and families will take place from 10 a.m. to noon that day at the Michigan City Public Library. A panel discussion of local artists, zinemakers, and professors will take place at 2 p.m. at the Lubenik.

Hammond-Hagman said they will "discuss the role of zines in a larger context of community activism, contemporary historical documentation, literature, and art." 

The panel discussion will be followed by readings from 3  to 5 p.m., followed by more music and readings hosted by the Literary Underground at 6:30 p,m. at ArtSpace.

"There will also be an accompanying exhibit in LCA's Education Studio that will run from April 20 to May 19," Hammond-Hagman said in the email. "This exhibit will feature a wide range of zines and self-published materials and original artworks. Zine created by students in LCA's classes and programs will be included, as well as original comic publications from Chicago's Hairy Who art movement."

The Lubeznik is currently looking for artists to participate. It costs $20 to rent a booth for the day, or $10 for half a booth.

For more information, visit facebook.com/LubeznikCenterfortheArts/.

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