Community Table Exhibitor: APANO Arts and Media Project (AMP)
Where do you live?
The Arts & Media Project (AMP) is based out of Portland, Oregon. It is a volunteer-led group within the Asian and Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), a grassroots advocacy organization that unites Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice in Oregon. APANO’s main office is located near SE Division and 82nd Avenue.
If this is your first time tabling at Portland Zine Symposium, what excites you most about Portland and its zine community?
This is our first time tabling at the Portland Zine Symposium. As the Arts & Media Project focuses on cultivating space for Asian and Pacific Islander (API) creatives and creative enthusiasts, we are excited to introduce ourselves specifically to the zine community. (One of our co-chairs, Candace Kita, is also a complete nerd about zines and has a background in making zines herself.)
Share with us an image of you creating and/or your creative space. What is your zine-making process?
We have yet to make any zines as a collective, but we aspire to make one in the future! Having a zine that shares information about AMP would be not only useful but rad.
How do you keep inspired?
We are inspired by the Asians and Pacific Islanders in our community that identify as artists and creatives as well as those that believe that the platform of art and media can be used as tools for social change. Elevating API voices through a mix of traditional and nontraditional practices not only increase capacity for arts and media activism to thrive at APANO, but highlights the dynamic creative power of APIs that is often underrepresented in mainstream arts and media.
If you could give your 16th year old teen self a zine, which one would it be?
We’d probably have to go with Yumi Sakugawa’s fantastic Claudia Kishi: My Asian-American Female Role Model of the 90’s. The title speaks for itself!
What are you working on for this year’s Portland Zine Symposium? Share with us some photos of your new work!
We are currently working not on a zine but focusing on a cultural event series called Mic Check! That begins this August and runs through October. We are presenting seven cultural events that feature emerging and established Asian and Pacific Islander artists from diverse mediums, including film, poetry, visual art, comedy, and dance. You are invited to our first Mic Check! Event this summer: AMPed Up: MicCheck! Launch Party featuring Climate Justice Poster Project, on August 4 at 6pm at Canton Grill. Hope to see you there!