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Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
DSTL Arts is a nonprofit arts mentorship organization that inspires, teaches, and hires emerging artists from underserved communities. This mission is achieved through various programs and publishing opportunities designed to empower emerging artists from historically-marginalized communities in Los Angeles, California. Our programs include our Arts Mentorship Program, which serves emerging artists, ages 16 and older, from historically-marginalized communities, teaching them and developing their skills to become working artists. This program guides participants through consistent, year-round mentorship as they craft chapbook-length manuscripts of literary and/or visual art for publication through our small press. Additionally, we offer zine-making and bilingual creative writing workshops in the historically-underserved communities of South Central Los Angeles and East Los Angeles, all of which culminate in the publishing of multiple zines throughout the year, including our Conchas y Café Zine, a zine that anthologizes on a triennial basis the creative writing produced through our bilingual creative writing classes; our biannual Art Block Zine, which gathers literary and art submissions from emerging artists residing in Los Angeles County; and our biannual Aurtistic Zine, which features literary and art submissions from artists with autism, and their immediate family members. Lastly, we offer our Artist Residency Workshops and new Poet/Aritst-in-Residence Program, both of which hire emerging artists from historically-marginalized communities, placing them in community spaces where they teach workshops and collaborate with community members to create chapbook-length works of art and writing to be published on a biannual or annual basis, respectively. All of our publications have a community-centered focus, seeking to empower the most underrepresented populations in mainstream media through the literary and visual arts, ultimately adding to the literary and arts world through our grassroots publications.
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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Luis Antonio Pichardo
Founder, Executive Director
Submissions for all of our zines is free, and all contributors who appear in our publications are provided with a free contributor's copy of the zine they appear in. This also goes for our anthologies that are produced through our Artist Residency Workshops program. Individuals who publish chapbooks of their work through our Arts Mentorship Program or the Poet/Artist-in-Residence Program receive free mentorship as they develop their manuscript during their tenure in our programs, plus a 50% royalty for a 3-year period post-publication of their chapbooks. At no time are the emerging artists in either program charged for participating in our programs.
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