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Daniela Capistrano’s Artist Residency At The Ace Hotel In 2015

I’m doing a one night residency at the Ace Hotel New York as part of their ‪#‎24BY36‬ series the night of January 30, 2015. I will be making art zines that tell my story/experiences as the founder of POC Zine Project. This will be the first time I’ve ever participated in a publicly promoted event where my public face alone represents the POC Zine Project.

Daniela Capistrano, Ace HotelEver since I founded POCZP in 2010, I’ve always made an effort to not be “the face” of the work. The project was never about promoting myself – it started as a way to share and curate information about zinesters of color. I was always very uncomfortable with being the literal face of POCZP (I talk about why in an interview here) and would avoid interviews and public appearances that intended to center me as a spokesperson. I would pass on opportunities to other POC or include them in opportunities so I wasn’t the only person standing in front of a crowd functioning as a “representative” of POC zinesters (there isn’t one person who can represent all people of color).

After five years of resisting my face/identity being the representation of POCZP, I’m no longer afraid of anyone’s potential misunderstandings or assumptions. I’m taking opportunities tied to POC Zine Project’s work that support my own self-care process and my creative goals. I’m now OK with being the literal face of POC Zine Project in strategic ways that support the sustainability of the project and contribute to my own healing process.

The residency at the Ace Hotel New York is an opportunity for me to give 100 percent of my time and energy for one night into creating zines that help me to reflect on the past four years of running POCZP. I will be sharing these zines in print and online later this year and I look forward to all feedback. The Ace Hotel New York will also be adding the zines to their permanent collection of art.

My upcoming residency at the Ace Hotel New York isn’t my first artist residency. In 2010, I co-organized a 30 day artist residency in Paris with AM, a friend and collaborator. This residency in 2015 will be my first solo residency and I’m looking forward to seeing what I’m capable of creating in one night.



We’ve been working on ways to remain sustainable in the long term while individually practicing self-care. In the meantime, you can support the cause by sending us a gift of any amount. All funds go to ongoing advocacy costs, the Legacy Series and the poverty zine series. If everyone in our community gave $10, we would more than meet our fundraising goals for 2015.

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Notes from ‘YP: On the Money Financial Literacy Series: Understanding your Credit’

As a new member of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals (“ULGNOYP”), I recently attended the event YP: On the Money Financial Literacy Series: Understanding your Credit. The guest speaker was Ms. Patricia Hightower, president and CEO of Bayou Equity Mortgage.

Ms. Hightower shared valuable information about understanding your credit score and how to improve it overall — and to meet specific goals (homeownership, business loan approval, paying off student loans, etc.).

Here are my notes from the session (including additional research I did at home):

 Understanding Credit Scores & Credit Reports

Ms. Hightower shared that credit scores commonly range from 300 to 850. Most lenders prefer FICO scores above 640. This is usually the case if you want to purchase a home. 620 is sometimes accepted but 640 and up is better. Lenders believe that the higher your credit score, the lower the risk.