Our need for affordable spaces to live, work, and gather is a common thread in our Community Roots oral history narratives, and it continues today as Thurston County continues to experience rising rental and real estate costs. In this zine-making workshop, participants will work with prompts centered around the importance of access to affordable spaces to create a collaborative zine. All materials provided and no zine-making experience required.
Kelsey Smith (she/they) is a community organizer and librarian-at-large living in Olympia, Washington. Kelsey founded the Timberland Regional Library Zine Collection and co-founded the annual Olympia Zine Fest. She is the director of Community Print, a volunteer-run community letterpress/print shop in downtown Olympia. In 2022, Kelsey started Lefty Copywriting and Research Services and worked with Elaine Vradenburgh of Window Seat Media and the city of Olympia's Heritage Commission to produce part one of the Olympia Indie Music History project. She continues to work with Window Seat Media on the Community Roots oral history project and currently works part-time in the James F Holly Rare Books Collection at the Evergreen State College.
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