28 Jul Looking Back: JBWC & “In These Truths” Collaboration
In Spring 2022, JBWC young writers collaborated with the AK Teens Museum Ambassadors to create a collaborative zine, Here’s Where I Make a Little Space for You, in response to the Albright-Knox Northland’s exhibit In These Truths. An exhibition of work by Black cultural producers, In These Truths was curated by Buffalo artists Edreys Wajed and Aitina Fareed-Cooke.
Photo: JBWC young writers explore the “In These Truths” exhibit at Albright-Knox Northland with AK Teens.
To prepare teens for this zine project, Ineil Quaran of the D.O.P.E. Collective led a “Zine-making..but D.O.P.E.” workshop that taught young artists all about the radical history of zines and got them thinking about what kind of zines they might want to create.
At a second session led by Buffalo A.K.G Youth Programs Coordinator Samantha Serrano and JBWC Coordinator Robin Jordan, JBWC teens headed over to Albright-Knox Northland to explore the exhibit alongside the AK Teen Museum Ambassadors, begin thinking about how to creatively respond to it, and start to create content for their zine.
Photo: Ineil Quaran (right) leads the group at JBWC during “Zine-making…but D.O.P.E.”
At both workshops, teens were able to explore the possibilities of the genre via example by perusing a bin of zines graciously lent to us by Sugar City from their amazing zine library.
The collaboration resulted in a breathtaking zine full of poetry, collage, visual art, and art-making prompts that invite museum-goers to experience the exhibit in a new way.
Photo: A glimpse inside the print version of “Here’s Where I Make a Little Space for You”
To celebrate the exhibit and the release of Here’s Where I Make A Little Space For You, the AK Teens organized commUNITY, a dynamic event held on June 3rd that invited guests to engage with the artwork creatively through a scavenger hunt, talkback, collaborative art-making, and poetry reading by JBWC young writers.
In solidarity with the Jefferson Ave community, the event also invited visitors to donate to the African Heritage Food Co-Op & Every Bottom Covered.
Photo: JBWC Youth Ambassador Abuk reads a poem at commUNITY.
We loved the collective process of this project, and getting to work with such amazing collaborators. Huge shout-out to D.O.P.E. Collective, Sugar City, AK Teens, and our JBWC young writers.
Even though this collaboration has ended, the zine lives on! Read & explore Here’s Where I Make a Little Space for You here.