Friday, 11 November 2016

What now? Post-election Linkubator Roundup: Week of November 7th 2016


Hello, friends.  

It will come as no surprise that this week was disheartening and frightening in equal measure for us here at the Incubator.   We founded our project in 2010, and for the last six years, we’ve been working to share your stories of the exciting, empowering things that can happen at the crossroads of creativity and libraries– stories that assume our diverse communities are worthy of egalitarian space and access to the resources to make their creative ideas reality.  

So we’ve struggled with how to move forward in a world where the ugliest and most misguided attitudes and actions of our fellow Americans– bigoted, misogynist, and cruel– have been validated and emboldened by the election of a person both unqualified and damaging to the central ideals of American society, ideals that informed our Project from the start. 

What we realized is that we have to do what we can with what we have, and always, always look to what good we can work for in the future–whether tomorrow, or in four years’ time. What we have is a platform. We have you, our readers and followers, and we have a place to share your stories. 

Next week, we will be announcing an editorial initiative for the Library as Incubator Project for the coming year that will focus on how we, as artists and librarians, can use art and creativity in the public space to build common ground in our communities and support those groups who are most at risk. 

If you have a story that you believe will help us with this initiative, please stay tuned, and get in touch. 

Thank you.

~Erinn, Laura, and Holly

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