The Pop Hop Books & Print specializes in new and used books, art publications, zines, and handcrafted items. It opened in 2011 in the heart of historic Highland Park, one of the first subdivisions of Los Angeles.
Given independent bookstores’ longstanding relationship with social activism, to be located in a neighborhood so rich and history and diversity ideally situates Pop-Hop to shift its focus from pure commerce to helping address urgent social ills of our day. As such we are applying for 501(c)(3) status to operate as a non-profit, multi-use art space.
While continuing to be a bookstore, in the coming months Pop-Hop’s overall duties will expand to support and facilitate an array of activities and actions meant to promote awareness of issues such as economic inequality, racial injustice, and the displacement of social systems by capitalist structures. The Pop-Hop Co-Op aspires to be a QBIOPC-led intersectional art collective, providing shared multimedia resources for artists, activists and organizations to gather, learn, create, exhibit and mobilize. The goal is to offer a free or low-cost/sliding scale model, subsidized by a combination of grants, crowdsourcing, memberships, workshop/event fees, an online shop, and retail storefront.
Please join us in dialogue to help build a new creative ecosystem that amplifies marginalized voices, supports community growth, and empowers collective good works towards building a healthier, more equitable neighborhood!