Get to Know Your Zinester: Able ARTS Work

Who: Able ARTS Work

What would you like people to know about your zines?
Able ARTS Work supports a full creative life for all and upholds standards and practices that value the contributions of a diverse community. We have an extensive zine library that dates back to our beginnings in the 1980s and continues all the way to our current zine classes at our day programs and accessible zine workshops at local schools and out in the community. Our zines uplift our mission of “Love Before Learning. Learn for Life.”

Tell us about a zine maker or zine that has had an impact on you.
Both Elisa de Pena and James Brooks are zine makers who have had a huge impact on Able ARTS Work. Elisa, our Accessible Arts Workshops Coordinator, is an avid zine advocate and has organized several zine workshops for children, teens, and the general public through AAW. Recently, she and James, one of our art instructors, brought this fantastic zine workshop program to Maker’s Fest at the California African American Museum. They led a large group of visitors through the zine making process and created some great zines of their own.

What are you looking forward to at L.A. Zine Fest 2019?
We are really looking forward to tabling for the first time! We want to share our resident artists’ talents, hard work, and positivity with the LA zine community. Plus, we can’t wait to make some new connections and hear/read other zinesters’ stories.

Make sure to check out Able ARTS Work’s table at L.A. Zine Fest 2019 on Sunday, May 26th at Helms Bakery in Culver City!

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