C.L.A.P. because Creative Ladies Are Powerful.
C.L.A.P. is a biannual zine and creative collective based in Minneapolis, MN. Our mission is to promote creative freedom and eradicate exclusivity. We support progressive feminist expressions and act as a platform for positive discussion and solidarity. We also have a lot of fun. We take our work seriously, but not ourselves.
What we do.
From the beginning, C.L.A.P. has been an organization of womyn and womyn-friendlies encouraging one another to contribute works that stretch the imagination. Our aim is to provide a safe, accepting space to share and express. The editorial staff opposes top-down editing, instead favoring for the individual voices of our contributors to shine. The result is an eclectic mix of fiction, non-fiction and visual works from a diverse group of writers, artists, bike-enthusiasts, business womyn, stylists and musicians. Every issue has a theme that acts as inspiration, not a boundary. Our next issue Dark 2013 will have the theme "Lady (De)Constructed."
Three years after a group of rocking, intelligent Minneapolis women started a support network called Creative Ladies Are Powerful, C.L.A.P. blossomed into a quarterly zine in 2010. Now a biannual publication, it strives to nurture community for those unafraid of the creative nitty gritty.
What your donation will do.
With your generous donation, we will be able to cover the costs of printing and promotion, expand our presence in the Twin Cities and distribution of the zine.
We want to continually increase the volume and variety of work presented. As printing costs increase with the number of pages in each issue, we need your help to continue growing. Our philosophy is the more contributions, the better! We will use the Kickstarter funds to print our next issue Dark 2013 - Lady (De)Contructed, and create a reservoir for future issues. We will be able to pay the visual designers that will create the layout and the cover art. We will be able to continue providing free issues to our contributors. Essentially we will be able to compensate the team that makes this zine so beautiful.
Several local businesses and organizations support our mission by acting as outposts for our latest issues and offering encouragement. We distribute mainly on consignment. So more than paying the bills with the issues we sell, we are giving back to these businesses by providing them ad space and spreading the word. The funds we raise from this campaign will help sustain local bookstores and shops, and send goodwill back into the Twin Cities.
In the past we have sponsored art and music events, lending our time and womyn power to spread the word, work the door and sling zine issues. These events have been mostly female led and embraced the Twin Cities cultural community. Charge Your Meats: Erotic Beats is an annual erotica writing workshop and diverse reading at a queer arts venue in Minneapolis. Currently, we are in the midst of collaborating with a new art studio and gallery space in South Minneapolis.
This year we're participating in the Twin Cities Zinefest happening September 21st in the Powderhorn Park recreation center. From noon to 5 pm, 60 different zines and a multitude of zinesters will gather. Come say hello!
A very special thank you to Kirsten Olson for the fantastic video, and to Kitten Forever for giving us rights to one of their tunes!
Gifts to you.
Members of the C.L.A.P. community have oh so kindly taken time and heart to create gifts for you. The newest issue can be sent straight to your door. We'll include a CLAPzine sticker that was designed by co-editor-in-chief Ryn Gibson for all your guerilla graffiti adventures. We're also offering custom-made creativity by writing special poems for you, the donator. Minneapolis artist Sarah Kopp-Reddy has drawn and screened unique C.L.A.P. mermaid prints --a perfect addition to your home decor. Fantastic music, fashion, art, warm fuzzies: it can all be yours if the price is right. We will be sending out rewards, your special notes and our love the moment our campaign is complete.
Risks and challenges
Each issue is a collaboration. Our job is to publish and distribute the artistic explorations of others, so we rely on our contributors to generously supply their time and creativity. With life's sometimes hectic schedules, deadline and publication dates can be pushed back to accommodate as many submissions as possible. We want every zine to be as great --if not better --than the last.
Organizing community events requires discerning the objectives of different spaces in Minneapolis. Luckily, there is a cornucopia of womyn-friendly options. Thus far, the few obstacles we've faced have been surmountable, thanks to the generous support of communities and contributors.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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