Bruna Press + Archive
specializes in producing work at the corner of contemporary art and experimental writing.
The mission of the organization is to create unanticipated cultural conversations and cross pollinations between visual art and experimental writing, English and other languages, artists and their larger communities, as well as Bellingham and elsewhere. Through its activities, BP+A seeks to create a larger arena of understanding developed through intimately made connections between readers, writers, and artists.
Each month, BP+A presents free events to the public including artist talks, performances, workshops, classes, and screenings, among other activities. Its community reading room further extends itself to the public as a cultural resource by inviting idiosyncratic, one-on-one experiences with over one thousand titles ranging from rare, one-of-a-kind artist-made books to academic and philosophical volumes, poetry chapbooks, video art works, and vinyl LPs, among other formats.
BP+A is pleased to work with students from local institutions such as Western Washington University in our internship program. Thanks to the participation of these interns, BP+A is in the process of making a comprehensive online catalogue of its archive. In addition, interns are engaged with researching and highlighting select publications from the archive to share with the public via social media streams.
As part of BP+A’s mentorship program, emerging writers attending Bellingham and Whatcom County high schools are eligible to develop a writing project in collaboration with BP+A’s Publisher + Editor.
A small number of books and related merchandise are available for sale at BP+A to help promote and disseminate the work of artists and writers who are represented in the archive and or are involved in the public events program.
Invited writers, artists, and curators are also hosted throughout the year in the BP+A residency program.
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We acknowledge that the activities of Bruna Press + Archive take place on the sacred and ancestral home of the Lummi and Nooksack peoples. We are grateful for their loving stewardship of the land and its inhabitants, and intend to be good guests and neighbors as we recognize their sovereignty and rich cultural practice + heritage. We set this intention first by making acknowledgments and then by practicing reciprocity. We are grateful to be able to share this space (both physically and culturally) with indigenous communities from here and elsewhere.