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741 S. 51st St.
Philadelphia, PA 19143

The Soapbox: Philadelphia’s Independent Publishing Center is a West Philadelphia-based space that fosters the creative and political voices of the community. Through providing resources, equipment, and instruction in printing, binding, and related self-publication arts, The Soapbox seeks to empower individuals and non-profit community organizations to disseminate information and creative voices. The Soapbox values art-making, word-smithing, and skillsharing towards a vision of social justice wherein all people have access to the means of production, and learn to produce materials that are accessible to the many rather than the few.

In the fall of 2009, Mary Tasillo and Charlene Kwon met for the first time in a small coffee shop in West Philadelphia. A discussion about the lack of community studio space for book arts and zine-making turned into a plan to open a non-profit. The next summer, they purchased a space just one block from the same coffee shop, and in March 2011, The Soapbox was born. Since then The Soapbox has grown to offer a zine library, shared studio space and equipment for members, workshops and skillshares, and a growing community of like-minded artists, writers, and activists.

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