Student Zine Festival - Kelvyn Park High School, June 5

Posted by Mitchell - May 31, 2004 (entry 191)

Hello - Brent Ritzel here from Zine Guide ( and SPEC Chicago (Self-Publishers Event Council of Chicago -, also currently working at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center in Evanston. Wanted to see if you might be interested in participating in the Student Zine Festival that we're putting together, which will be taking place from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, June 5th at Kelvyn Park High School (4343 W.Wrightwood in Chicago -

Jesse Senechal, a teacher at Kelvyn Park High School and the advisor for a student publication called ROAR magazine, is organizing this end-of-the-school-year Student Zine Festival with conjunction with his ROAR magazine classes and Zine Guide.

The primary purpose of this event is to support high school student zine making and other forms of self-publication/production within the public and independent schools in the Chicago area. This festival will allow students who are self-publishing zines to trade their work, share ideas and skills and establish distribution networks, while giving them an opportunity to network with non-students who are professionals in their fields.

The day will consist of workshops, panels and readings, all involving both student and non-student facilitators and participants, with a trade table area being active between 11:00 12:00 and 3:00 4:00. Trade tables are free to all participants, and you?re encouraged to come for the entire day (11 am - 4 pm) and bring informational/promotional materials. Please RSVP if you would like to reserve table space.

Also, please spread the word about this event / forward this email to ANYONE this might interest: high school students/teachers, zinesters, artists, filmmakers, educators, writers... We appreciate your help.

Let us know if you would like to get involved, either in a workshop, panel, or doing a reading, or even just helping to spread the word to get others involved, especially high school students. Thanks.

Cheers -
Brent Ritzel - Zine Guide publisher / editor
773.271.2291 - new phone number

Jesse Senechal - Kelvyn Park High School teacher

The event schedule for Sat. June 5th Student Zine Festival at Kelvyn Park High School is as follows:

11:00 to 12:00 - Trade Table Area Open; Film Screening of high school student films

12:00 to 12:10 - General Welcome and Overview of Day?s Activities

12:15 to 1:25 - Workshops The goal of the workshops is to train students in skills related to self-publishing/self-production. The workshops will be hands-on and ideally involve participants taking away a product. These workshops will be co-facilitated by students and non-students.

Making Zines Workshop: This workshop will introduce participants to the concept of zine making and engage them in an individual or group zine making project.

DIY Audio Recording Workshop: This workshop will introduce participants to the concept and tools of multi-track recording and music production. An onsite sound piece will be created during the workshop time.

Visual Arts Workshop: This workshop will teach participants the basics of visual arts forms related to DIY publishing (e.g. t-shirt design, silk screen).

1:30 - 2:40 - Panel Discussions The goal of the panel discussions is to have a selected panel make short presentations and then engage panel attendees in a discussion concerning self-publishing & media related topics. As with the workshops, each panel will include both student and non-student voices.

Zine Distribution: This panel will discuss options for distribution of zines and other media forms.

Career Options in Media: This panel will discuss the topic of finding work in the Media Arts.

Political Dynamics of Media: This panel will discuss the place of independent and self-publishing in the current political landscape.

2:40 to 3:00 - Break / Time to set up trade tables again.

3:00 to 4:00 - Speakers and Readings (by both students and non-students) /Trade Table Area Open

4:00 - There is a good chance of further student film screenings & extended trade area time.

This event is sponsored by Kelvyn Park High School and Zine Guide.

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