about:

THE BETTYS IS AN ART COLLECTIVE HAILING FROM THE NYC TRI STATE AREA ESTABLISHED IN 2014 BY 1ST GENERATION SALVADORAN-AMERICAN, AURORA DIAZ. SINCE ITS INCEPTION, THE BETTYS HAS DEVELOPED AS A PLATFORM AND CELEBRATION FOR UNDERREPRESENTED ARTISTS THROUGH DISTRIBUTION IN PRINT, ONLINE, AND IN REAL LIFE. SINCE OUR BEGINNING, WE HAVE COLLABORATED WITH OVER 250+ CREATIVES FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND COUNTING. OUR ZINE AND PROJECT HAS BEEN HIGHLY Aclaimed and archived BY INSTITUTIONS AND LIBRARIES INCLUDING Thomas j. watson library at the metropolitan museum of art, the special collections and university archives at rutgers university, John M Flaxman library at SAIC Chicago Plus many more. Our project, especially our zines, are a piece of freedom and community in an era where our identity is an enemy of the state. we here at the bettys highly advocate the freedom of having fun, being happy, feeling safe and being able to pursue your dreams as an artist.

 

COLLABORATIONS.

EACH COLLABORATION with the bettys IS UNIQUE AND IN DIRECT COLLABORATION WITH CREATIVE DIRECTOR, AURORA DIAZ. FROM EVENTS TO PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, THE BETTYS DABBLES IN ALL ASPECTS OF CREATING IN A PROFESSIONAL AND FUN MANNER. EACH COLLABORATION IS DIFFERENT AND WE’RE CONSTANTLY TRYING NEW THINGS. THERE ARE VARIOUS REASONS FOR THIS. IN THE CURRENT ERA OF ART, artists HAVE VERY LIMITED RESOURCES UNLESS THERE IS AN INSTITUTIONAL ATTACHMENT. EVERY PROJECT HEAVILY DEPENDS ON THE AMOUNT OF RESOURCES WE CAN COME ACROSS, FROM FUNDING TO PHYSICAL SPACE TO CUTTING DOWN ON OUR ECO WASTE, ALL THESE MOVES TAKE REAL CAREFUL CALCULATIONS WE TRY TO BALANCE OUT QUICKLY. WE’RE MASTERS AT GOING BACK TO DRAWING BOARD AND CAREFULLY DIVISING A PLAN TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT CAN BE USED AS A PLATFORM BY UNDERREPRESENTED ARTISTS.  

Community calendar:

our community calendar is updated on thursdays and will feature non male creative events open calls and anything else that highlights our community. if you’d like to submit your open call or event, please contact aurora@thebettys.com


Zines:

sorry,

for the moment we arnt curating any zines.


sorry,

betty distro submissions are closed until further notice.


Events


We’re open to do events for the year 2019-2020, please contact aurora@thebettys.com for any inquiry. serious inquiries only.



funding.

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we receive zero backing through crowd funding campaigns or grants or any institutional backing due to the lack of accessibility these funding processes can be for a woman of color. we have experimented with various ways to funding and have found a balance of all our funding models to keep the project afloat. Below is our funding breakdown. if you would like to donate to us, it would be highly appreciated. the more funding we get, the more unique work we can produce with underrepresented artists. click the link below.

Donate

Events:

OUR PROJECT HAS PLANNED OVER 40 EVENTS INDEPENDENTLY OR IN COLLABORATION WITH ANOTHER GROUP AND/OR ARTIST. OUR EVENTS VARY DEPENDING ON SPACE AND RESOURCES AND HAVE DONE EVENTS IN PHILADELPHIA AND CHICAGO AS WELL. WE HAVE PRODUCED ART SHOWS, WORKSHOPS, POP UPS, DANCE PARTIES AS WELL AS OUR INFAMOUS #BETTYZINEFEST, WHICH WILL BE RETURNING IN 2019. WE WERE ORIGINALLY GETTING MOST OF OUR FUNDING FOR OUR ZINE THROUGH EVENTS, BUT THE LACK OF SPACES IN NYC AND BEYOND due to rampant gentrification, it WAS STARTING TO BECOME IMPOSSIBLE OR FISCALLY SMART. SO WE STARTED PRODUCING MULTIPLES OF SOME OF THE WORK WE PRODUCE.

 

Multiples:

We produce very limited quantities of multiples (merch) including our zines in collaboration with the artist. each collaboration is subjective in amount but most of our multiples are under 50, most 100, We pay artists a flat rate for their work amongst other things and we take care of complete manufacturing process from sourcing to selecting paper to packaging and distributing. unlike corporations and other media channels, we take pride in doing even amounts of work as our creatives we collaborate with as well as helping them understand the process, we’re all always learning and unlearning. The multiples then get distributed through our online store or through vending. we do wholesale but in very low maximums. if you are interested please contact aurora@thebettys.com

VENDING:

Through vending, we have met most of our demographic and some of our lifetime friends. being the most lucrative for us, through vending, we are able to distribute all our work, including multiples, as well as creating relationships and understanding of our work. we have traveled around the united states to vend at print fairs, zine fests like richmond zine fest and philly zine fest and art book fairs including the new york art book fair and the chicago art book fair. you can keep up with our events through our events page. which is always up to date and come say hi!