The Arrow Archive has the goal to educate the communities around us about zine making and about zines general.
We started the Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) zine marking grant because we want to send the message that zinester BIPOC voices are important and invaluable to the zine making community. Also we want more folks to make zines, or try out making a zine for the first time. We started with the question: why don’t people make zines?
Our answers are these: they don’t know what they are, they don’t know how to make them, or they don’t have the time. We also asked the question: whose voices are rarely heard in zine making communities?
We know there are BIPOC zine makers out there! What a better way to connect with and encourage marginalized voices then for them to self publish their thoughts and ideas then making that sphere more accessible with funding. Now, it’s a teeny tiny amount of money ($100) but it could be enough to pay for an hour or two of work and a few photocopies.