The mission of B R U N A is to create and host unanticipated cultural conversations. To this end, it produces a public events program, a publication archive and community reading room, a small store, residencies for invited artists, curators, and writers, and a publishing house specializing in printed matter at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental writing.
Besides facilitating cross pollinations between visual art and experimental writing, B R U N A seeks out work at the corner, say, between English and other languages, artists and their larger communities, Bellingham and elsewheres. B R U N A also seeks to create a larger arena of understanding developed through intimately made connections between readers, writers, and artists.
About every month, B R U N A presents free public events including artist talks, performances, workshops, classes, and screenings, among other programs. Its publicationarchive acts as acommunity reading roomfurther 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, and video art works, among other formats.
B R U N A is currently developing some projects within its publishing program, a further extension of its mission as a public platform.
B R U N A is pleased to work with students from local institutions such as Western Washington University in our internships. Thanks to the these interns, B R U N 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.
A small number of books and related merchandise are available for sale at the B R U N A store to help promote and disseminate the work of artists and writers who are represented in the archive and or are involved in the events program.
B R U N A is a nonprofit corporation that gratefully receives fiscal sponsorship from the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force. It is a collaborative project founded by Kristina Lee Podesva, a Bellingham-based artist, writer, and publisher working between the practice of writing and artistic production. For a detailed biography, please see her personal website.