McLaughlin Zines & Dreams 2023

See Stories is excited to partner with Anchorage artist and curator Simonetta Mignano to lead the workshop, ‘Zines & Dreams at The McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage.  ‘Zines & Dreams is a ‘zine-making arts workshop where each participant will explore their dreams through zine-making. A ‘zine is a homemade, easily replicable magazine, “‘zine” for short. Each student will compile images and stories to create their own ‘zine during the course of the project. Each student will be guided through a process of exploring their stories of culture and community as well as their dreams for their futures through the making of ‘zines. Each participant will be invited to develop their own zine using a variety of printed media, narrative and visual forms. The participants will explore and learn about their present and future dreams through self-publishing and will engage in a series of collective and individual activities— such as writing, drawing and Deep Listening©— that will foster the production of a zine relating to their dreams.

The class will also be joined by paper artist Susan Joy Share for one or two sessions. Susan will teach students how to bind their zines into creative masterpieces that they will be able to take with them. Each participant will contribute with one or more pages from their own zines for the creation of a collective zine. The collective zine will be displayed at McLaughlin Youth Center and made available for public sharing.

By participating in ‘Zines & Dreams, students will: 

  • Gain story-writing skills that will empower them to creatively express themselves within the structure of a zine
  • Engage in a positive environment for socio-emotional learning, supporting their peers through the ‘zine making process and providing encouraging feedback about one another’s ‘zines
  • Experience improves self-esteem and confidence that they can achieve their dreams.

This project is funded by the Alaska State Council on the Arts Cultural Collaborations Grant.

This program will be held in-person and is only open to youth enrolled at McLaughlin Youth Center. 

Workshop Details

  • March 13, 2023 - March 17, 2023


Simonetta Mignano

Simonetta Mignano is a curator and artist primarily working in participatory practices using different mediums. She is founder of Bivy (Anchorage, Alaska, USA), a relational art gallery centered on cross-disciplinary parity and participation and the co-founder of the School of Nonfunctional StudiesShe is a certified Deep Listening® teacher by the Center for Deep Listening® at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY, USA.)

Susan Joy Share

Susan Joy Share is an Anchorage, Alaska-based visual artist, bookbinder and performer. She is known for her inventive, moving and morphing book art, architectonic paper structures and wearable books used in her performances.

Land Acknowledgement

This workshop is being offered on Dena'ina Land. Learn more about land acknowledgements at