Create+Engage is a multiple-part series of free virtual sessions and hands-on workshops with invited guest speakers and artists to deep-dive on specific topics of civic engagement. Sign-up to join one or all of the sessions!
Through these sessions and additional planned programming, we hope to bring people together in a dynamic space to inspire creativity while engaging in meaningful action leading up to the November 2024 U.S. elections.
Stay tuned for guest information and topics!
All programming is free and accessible for all participants, there are two ways to support this programming:
1. Become a paid subscriber on Substack
2. Make a financial contribution top Create+Engage. These contributions will go to speaker honorariums and supporting the general programming
Micro-Media: The Power of Zines with Shay Mirk and Christina Appleberry
Wednesday March 13, 5:00-6:30pm Pacific
Join us for a hands-on zine workshop!
What are you paying attention to in your community, and what media do you consume to learn about it?
In a world flooded with news and media, it can be hard to pay attention, hard to focus on the issues that impact us.
In this workshop we’ll explore how micro-media, in the form of zines, can be a way to focus attention and scope. We’ll learn about the history of zines from librarian Christina Appleberry and do a hands-on workshop to make our own zines with artist and educator Shay Mirk.
Christina Appleberry is a librarian who enjoys making stuff in her free time.
Sarah “Shay” Mirk (she/they) is a graphic journalist, editor, and teacher. She is the author of Guantanamo Voices (Abrams, 2020), an illustrated oral history of Guantanamo Bay prison, which Kirkus called “extraordinary… an eye-opening, damning indictment of one of America’s worst trespasses.” They are also a zine-maker and illustrator whose comics have been featured in The Nib, The New Yorker, Bitch, and NPR. Her book on the craft of making nonfiction comics, Creating Nonfiction Comics: The Power of Graphic Journalism (co-written with Eleri Harris), will debut from Abrams ComicsArts in 2025.
Check back as we announce new speakers, artists, and workshop topics.
Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 5:00-6:30pm Pacific: TBA
Wednesday, May 8, 5:00-6:30pm Pacific: TBA
Wednesday June 12, 5:00-6:30pm Pacific: TBA
Wednesday, July 10, 5:00-6:30pm Pacific: TBA
Wednesday October 16, 5:00-6:30pm Pacific: TBA
Continued Action — Wednesday, November 13, 5:00-6:30pm Pacific
Create+Engage is a collaborative endeavor.
Artist and Founder,
Creative Fuel Collective
Anna Brones (she/her) is a writer, artist, and educator. Believing in the power of creativity to build community and she is the founder of Creative Fuel Collective and produces the Creative Fuel newsletter and podcast. She regularly facilitates workshops and retreats devoted to exploring creative practice and using creativity as a lens for staying engaged and inspired.
Anjelika Deogirikar Grossman
Anjelika Deogirikar Grossman (she/her) is an educator, researcher, and activist artist. She draws from previous experiences in the public and private sectors, including Genentech, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. During the 2020 Primaries, Anjelika was a Community Organizer for the Biden-Harris Presidential Campaign, and South Asians For Biden.
National Program Manager, Power the Polls
Marta Hanson (she/her) activates communities around issues that matter. Currently, she manages a nonpartisan initiative to recruit poll workers to ensure elections run smoothly; her previous work has supported mission-driven organizations and candidates including the Stanford Women’s Community Center and Kamala Harris. Marta holds degrees from Stanford and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.