Love Your Rebellion is a 501c3 that empowers marginalized groups through the arts.

Including women, immigrants, people of color, people from queer and trans communities, people from low income communities, and people with disabilities.

LYR’s main objectives are to employ musicians and artists from marginalized groups in the arts.

Discover artists, writers, and musicians from marginalized groups by increasing their exposure.

Assist people from marginalized groups via low cost or free access to music, art, writing, and therapeutic arts.

Accomplishing

Our Mission

At least 80% of musical acts hired to perform at LYR events, artists or writers that are published in the LYR magazine, or whose works appear in the LYR Zine Library self-identify as women, immigrants, people of color, people from queer and trans communities, people from low income communities, and/or people with disabilities.

Supporting Our Community

LYR has helped Southwest Florida organizations that support people from marginalized groups raise over $2,000 via partnerships and collaborations, including Showing Up for Racial Justice SWFL, Planned Parenthood of Central and Southwest Florida, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Origin Story

Love Your Rebellion founder Angela Page has been fostering the arts through Love Your Rebellion since 2011. Page began by making do-it-yourself magazines, or zines, that featured art and creative writing from all over the world. By 2014, Page had self-published 4 issues of the Love Your Rebellion zine.

In 2015, Page started an all women’s writing group in Fort Myers. From this collective emerged a small group of women who were interested in working with Page on developing the next issue of Love Your Rebellion. The team decided to host a release party to mark the completion of Issue #5. After the success of the Issue #5 release party (which included a female-fronted musical lineup and an all-female group art show), Love Your Rebellion grew into more than just a zine.

Love Your Rebellion began to host events throughout Lee County that had empowerment in mind. The organization found its footing in early 2016 with the First Annual LYR’s Babefest. In 2017, the festival moved north to Hillsborough County. The following year, LYR began hosting Babefest in both counties. With the help of LYR’s Vice Chairperson Michelle Caraway, Love Your Rebellion, Inc. became a 501(c)3 in 2018.

Now, LYR produces several arts programs in addition to the LYR Zine and Babefest, including Rock for Equality, Sonic Masquerade, Fort Myers Zine Fest, and Punk Brunch. Plus, LYR operates a Zine Library at Neenie’s House in east Fort Myers that provides free access to Spanish and English bilingual art and writing zines. LYR continues to publish a zine biannually, which has grown into a therapeutic arts workbook. It’s through these cultural products, experiences, and events that LYR works to leave a lasting impact. Support for LYR’s music, art, and writing programs serves Florida’s marginalized artists, writers, and musicians.

Board of Directors

Angela Page

Angela Page is the founder of Love Your Rebellion, the Chair of the Board of Directors, and the Treasurer. Angela is a musician and writer based in SWFL. In 2019, she published her first poetry collection, Speaking with My Second Mouth. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Goddard College.

Michelle Caraway

Michelle Caraway is an FGCU graduate and her field of expertise is in Marketing and Graphic Design. Since 2015, she has been actively involved in the making of the Love Your Rebellion zine. She is the current vice chair on the Board of Directors, and her mission is to make the arts not only more inclusive of diversity but also more accessible to the marginalized communities the organization serves.

Sarah Neat-Sullivan

Sarah Neat-Sullivan is an artist (Neat & Co. Designs), Autistic advocate, podcaster (Spectrum With SAS), and live-gamer (Vorpal Tales). Sarah is a native Floridian with a B.A. in Visual Arts with passions for mental health, disability culture, LGBTQ+ community, and ASL. Pronouns are she/they. Find Sarah as @NeatSullivan or Neat & Co. Designs.

Jason Teeters

Jason Teeters has spent the past decade designing customized training and educational programs and developing solutions for digital deployment for companies across the U.S. and parts of Europe. He enjoys helping people build the structure and behavior needed to innovate in an increasingly automated and mostly digital economy. When not engaged in the community, Jason enjoys traveling the world with his wife and his two children.  And learning how to live a life by design, not by default. 

David Acevedo

David Acevedo is visual artist, arts writer, exhibition curator and entrepreneur, born in Puerto Rico and currently living in SWFL since 2000. He is one of the cofounders of the Fort Myers Art Walk and the owner of DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts and the Union Artist Studios, both in Fort Myers, FL. Acevedo received the Angel of the Arts Award in 2009 and won the 2016 FACE Award for his work in diversity and inclusion through the arts. His work is collected by many, in and outside the United States and has exhibited his paintings in Asia and Europe. More information about the artist is available at acevedostudio.com.

Amy Jane McWilliams

Amy-Jane McWilliam has been working with Lee County families for almost 20 years in various community roles. As Youth Services Coordinator with the Lee County Library System, she collaborates with staff and community partners to offer engaging library programming and unique resources for families.

Annie Pritchard

Annie Pritchard is a visual designer based in SWFL and has been a member of the LYR behind-the-scenes production team since 2016. Annie holds a passion for the arts, mental health, and the LGBTQ+ community. Her goal is to create art resources that not only empower others but provide accessible therapeutic art resources and tools.  

Cesar Aguilera

Cesar is the curator at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, curator at the Capital Gallery at the same place, co-founder of Artsemble Underground, recipient of the Gulfshore Life Emerging Arts Leader in 2015 and many other awards. The art that he creates is inevitably connected with his life’s experience, and although his works reflect the dramatic impact of living in this age of transition to what is being called the new world of the Anthropocene epoch, they are deeply dependent on life for their meaning and relevance.

Danielle Branchaud

Danielle Branchaud is a fine artist specializing in portraits and acrylic painting. She is also the co-founder of the Syzygy Collaborative Art Project which hosts art exhibitions to feature emerging artists and encourage collaborative works.

John Davis

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA. John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Board of Directors

Angela Page

Angela Page is the founder of Love Your Rebellion, the Chair of the Board of Directors, and the Treasurer. Angela is a musician and writer based in SWFL. In 2019, she published her first poetry collection, Speaking with My Second Mouth. Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Goddard College.

Michelle Caraway

Michelle Caraway is an FGCU graduate and her field of expertise is in Marketing and Graphic Design. Since 2015, she has been actively involved in the making of the Love Your Rebellion zine. She is the current vice chair on the Board of Directors, and her mission is to make the arts not only more inclusive of diversity but also more accessible to the marginalized communities the organization serves.

Sarah Neat-Sullivan

Sarah Neat-Sullivan is an artist (Neat & Co. Designs), Autistic advocate, podcaster (Spectrum With SAS), and live-gamer (Vorpal Tales). Sarah is a native Floridian with a B.A. in Visual Arts with passions for mental health, disability culture, LGBTQ+ community, and ASL. Pronouns are she/they. Find Sarah as @NeatSullivan or Neat & Co. Designs.

Jason Teeters

Jason Teeters has spent the past decade designing customized training and educational programs and developing solutions for digital deployment for companies across the U.S. and parts of Europe. He enjoys helping people build the structure and behavior needed to innovate in an increasingly automated and mostly digital economy. When not engaged in the community, Jason enjoys traveling the world with his wife and his two children.  And learning how to live a life by design, not by default. 

David Acevedo

David Acevedo is visual artist, arts writer, exhibition curator and entrepreneur, born in Puerto Rico and currently living in SWFL since 2000. He is one of the cofounders of the Fort Myers Art Walk and the owner of DAAS CO-OP Art Gallery & Gifts and the Union Artist Studios, both in Fort Myers, FL. Acevedo received the Angel of the Arts Award in 2009 and won the 2016 FACE Award for his work in diversity and inclusion through the arts. His work is collected by many, in and outside the United States and has exhibited his paintings in Asia and Europe. More information about the artist is available at acevedostudio.com.

Amy Jane McWilliams

Amy-Jane McWilliam has been working with Lee County families for almost 20 years in various community roles. As Youth Services Coordinator with the Lee County Library System, she collaborates with staff and community partners to offer engaging library programming and unique resources for families.

Annie Pritchard

Annie Pritchard is a visual designer based in SWFL and has been a member of the LYR behind-the-scenes production team since 2016. Annie holds a passion for the arts, mental health, and the LGBTQ+ community. Her goal is to create art resources that not only empower others but provide accessible therapeutic art resources and tools.  

Cesar Aguilera

Cesar is the curator at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, curator at the Capital Gallery at the same place, co-founder of Artsemble Underground, recipient of the Gulfshore Life Emerging Arts Leader in 2015 and many other awards. The art that he creates is inevitably connected with his life’s experience, and although his works reflect the dramatic impact of living in this age of transition to what is being called the new world of the Anthropocene epoch, they are deeply dependent on life for their meaning and relevance.

Danielle Branchaud

Danielle Branchaud is a fine artist specializing in portraits and acrylic painting. She is also the co-founder of the Syzygy Collaborative Art Project which hosts art exhibitions to feature emerging artists and encourage collaborative works.

John Davis

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA. John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University.

A note on accessibility

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