For the past twenty years, the IPRC has been a pillar of the Portland maker, DIY, art, design, writing, and publishing communities. Through our certificate program, zine-making, printmaking, letterpress workshops, outreach programming, zine library, special events, and other programs we have impacted the artistic and personal lives of thousands of Portlanders and visitors from all over the world.
As Portland continues to experience growing pains, the need for an inexpensive arts education resource center, a low-cost alternative to institutional arts instruction, and a publishing, design, and arts community, has never been greater. The IPRC is one of the most Portland things about Portland—it's a vital part of the fabric of our city, serving a diverse community, and keeping the DIY spirit alive and thriving.
Last year, we learned that to keep our home on Portland's recently gentrified SE Division St. would cost us three times what we'd initially agreed to when signing our lease. We elected to move and asked for support from our community to do so. The Kickstarter campaign A New Home for the IPRC was fully funded and the move was executed in June of this year. We were fortunate to find a new home for only twice what we'd been paying in an historic building on SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and reopen for studio hours and classes in July.
Our new space is bigger than our old space and we're working to expand both our in-studio and outreach programming. We're reopening our screen printing studio and adding a Risograph printing studio; we're restoring, rehabilitating, and revitalizing our 8,000+ item zine library; and we're continuing to provide the space, tools, and education that our members and students have come to rely on for the creation of their own published media.
We have some lovely incentives for all pledge levels, including:
- A digital thank you card for any level of contribution!
- 20 High Fives—One for every year the IPRC has served the Portland DIY community!
- Reprints of the fabulous, world famous We Welcome Poster created by IPRC members Lisa Mangum and Jason Leivian!
- Greeting cards by local design powerhouse Kate Bingaman-Burt!
- Letterpress stationery sets and business cards designed by IPRC staff and shop stewards!
- The opportunity to host your event in the IPRC event space, or to add a live letterpress or screen-printing element to your event anywhere in the Portland metro area!
- Naming rights to one of the IPRC's print studios or the Zine Library!
- And much more!
When you contribute to the IPRC, your support helps to:
- Keep our workshop, outreach programming, certificate program, and membership rates affordable!
- Preserve traditional printing techniques and a library of nearly 10,000 independently published zines!
- Give public access to the tools needed to produce professional quality publications and works of art!
- Build connections between local artists, authors, and publishers launching careers in new fields!
- Provide a creative, accessible, and collaborative atmosphere in which people can work on their projects!
Risks and challenges
The Independent Publishing Resource Center has been in existence for nearly twenty years. Over that time we have launched and funded several KICKSTARTER campaigns, maintaining an unbroken streak of incentive fulfillment and application of pledges to the programming and capital campaigns for which they were solicited. We are very confident that, should this campaign be fully funded, we will be able to execute 100% fulfillment of incentives and apply the funds raised to the ongoing success of the IPRC and our programming initiatives.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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