Welcome to The Soapbox!
The Soapbox is a nonprofit community print shop, book and zine making center, and library of 2,000 rare handmade publications – one of only a few spaces in the country that combines zine, book arts, and poetry chapbook worlds in one location. Since 2011, we have been offering affordable workshops, equipment access, art exhibits, readings, a reading room, and edible printing events out of a small rowhouse in West Philadelphia. We are excited to be outgrowing our space as we’ve added more equipment to our letterpress, screenprinting, etching/relief printing, and digital printing areas.
Thanks to the donations of over 100 individuals and a Creative Incubator Grant from the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts and the Wells Fargo Fellowship Program, we’re thrilled to have raised over $16,000 to support our expansion into a larger space. Submit your email to our mailing list to keep up-to-date on our progress.
The Soapbox wants to help you make your voice heard. We support the community in recording and sharing its stories in a compelling way, using the tactile and visual arts of printed matter to grab attention with something authentic and handmade in today’s digital age. By preserving the crafts of the book and letterpress printing, we are also maintaining Philadelphia’s long and important history in printing, pamphleteering, and activism. Our library of handmade publications archives these stories and practices, preserving stories outside mainstream media and publishing. Further, our community programming will use engagement with the book to support literacy. In a larger public space, we can expand Open Hours, implement increased community outreach, and improve our equipment offerings.