It was a warm day, one of the first reaching sixty degrees this March. Locals can be seen outside biking, walking and talking. At the Union for Contemporary Art, it is wild with artists and people viewing artwork, conversing, attending workshops and reconnecting in the beginning of spring.
The Omaha Zine Fest has been a part of the community for the past few years and takes the spring by storm. It has always been hosted at the Union for Contemporary Art but with attendance rising it is likely a new space will be needed to hold all attendees and booths.
The fest features over 30 booths of local artists, organizations and designers displaying and selling their work. It was an incredible opportunity to personally connect with artists and analyze their work while viewing work ranging from photo accumulations of 20 pages to small poetry compilations of 5 pages.
There is a multitude of topics addressed in work ranging from social justice to mental health to activities such as skateboarding. A majority of the artists are local Nebraskans but many travel to attend or have a booth from all parts of the United States.
Zine Fest also featured fun educational lectures. They featured topics such as knowing ones rights, prison abolition, the history of spices, making low budget zines, and mapping ones assets.
2019 was well attended and featured sales of artwork, many booths selling out even. The warm and positive attitude in the space was welcoming and enlightening to see after the length of our rough winter. It is an incredible event that is highly recommended to put on your calendar for 2020!
For more information, please visit: https://www.omahazinefest.org
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