“The IPRC is kind of like a fairy godmother, only instead of giving one girl a temporary pumpkin carriage and a pair of dangerous shoes, the Center gives a whole community of creatives the means to make, print, publish and thrive. That’s a much better use of magic, if you ask me.”
--Amanda Huckins, writer and letterpress printer
The Independent Publishing Resource Center is a truly unique and dynamic organization. It all began back in 1998 with a simple idea: to provide the community with space and resources to create and publish their own writing and artwork. For the past fourteen years, we’ve provided artistic services to upwards of 27,000 individuals through membership, use of the Center, workshops and outreach programs.
Big Ideas, Tiny Space
For over a decade, the IPRC occupied a cramped group of offices with only 1200 total square feet of space. To reach the copy machines, members had to literally squeeze behind other members sitting at the work table. The Letterpress Studio was located in what was basically a glorified closet. Having reached maximum capacity, the Zine Library accumulated a backlog of 10,000+ titles just waiting to be archived. As the IPRC's membership increased to over 600 and we launched the new Certificate Program in Creative Writing/Comics and Independent Publishing, things came to a head. There was simply not enough space for members, students, programming and outreach.
Beginning in 2011, the IPRC launched a search for a new location on the east side of the Willamette River. We hoped to find a space double the size of our old location. After eight long months of looking, we lucked out: located on the increasingly vibrant S.E. Division street, our new location is nearly four times the size of our old space. It's a perfect mix of offices and industrial workspace, with room for a massive production area, greatly expanded Letterpress Studio and Library, the IPRC's first public Screenprinting Studio, a large art gallery, a zine-vending machine, Yeti-Research Station, two classrooms, a member lounge/loft, spacious offices and even a roof deck!
IPRC Staff, Board and Volunteers have worked harder than ever to make this move and finance the build-out. We've already raised over $20,000 to install a new heater, a large work sink, drywall, modular walls and new library shelves.
However, to get fully up and running, we need to raise another $40,000 to install a glass-paneled garage door, outdoor benches and exterior signage; to finish building the new screenprinting studio and classroom; to purchase much-needed new lab computers, new letterpress machines, screenprinting supplies, library supplies and other art/publishing equipment; and to cover general operating expenses (utilities, rent, staff pay, etc) during this transitional period.
$6,000 is the minimum we need to raise via kickstarter; we're actually hoping to raise more than $12,000 in this campaign. Every Kickstarter donation is an investment in the IPRC's promising new future--and also in your own creative future, especially since all contributions above $25 score you an IPRC membership/renewal. To sweeten the deal, the first $500 in donations will be matched by a generous individual donor.
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