A Decade of Art Practical

A Decade of Art Practical

By Art Practical Editors October 4, 2019

There's No Place Like Home


This is an ode to the “tutelary sphere” of the San Francisco Bay Area, as evoked by Kevin Killian in the closing lines of a 2016 conversation with Margaret Tedesco. I have never been from the Bay Area, but I have found and made home here despite multiple goings-again and comings-again. Like many of the writers whose voices appear in Art Practical, I find myself thinking about the relationship between calling the Bay Area home (for at least a time), contributing as an artist or another kind of cultural producer, and acknowledging all the culture that has come before, that persists, and that which will come after. Just the imagination of a protective spirit that would stick with the Bay Area through the “cruel depredations, generations of horror and theft” that Kevin references is a useful tool for sustaining a foothold here. I do want to be careful not to discount the possibility of real magic at play by using the word “imagination” though. I want to laugh, but not be one of those who laugh off any lingering possibility for sustaining the kind of artistic possibility that Kevin always saw and fostered in this place.

I am no poet and perhaps not fit to compose a proper ode in the end. I do want to offer thanks for all of the diverse communities of artists who have been born here, who have rooted here, and also who have alighted here to make home and to make art in another place. Comings and goings are often at odds with one another—the goings are often forced by violence and economic necessity, as we know. For some, and increasingly for many, home is, as Adrienne Skye Roberts states, “something in a state of perpetual motion.” And so, to the Bay Area, its tutelary spirit, and beyond, I send out an acknowledgement to those who have been displaced from here. I dispatch a plea that we remember and archive, as Art Practical has now done for a decade, the intricate details of the art that is made here and the community that continues to form around this artmaking. I ask that we keep working together to hold space for all those who are threatened with erasure, and that we also keep trying to make room for newcomers in order to value, as Genevieve Quick calls out, the “hybridity of cross-cultural exchange,” and the possibility for a magic in support of practice and not completely at odds, I hope, with practicality.

Christina Linden
Interim Executive Director, Art Practical

Celebrating 10 Years

 
Art Practical
 started ten years ago as a volunteer-run organization, with a passionate group of contributors who saw the need for Bay Area arts to be represented in international arts discourse. Ten years later, we have mentored a new generation of arts writers and offer competitive pay. We are run by an equally passionate small team of part-time staff, who work hard to support voices that reflects the Bay Area arts community and beyond. 

We are people-forward and equitable. We publish with passion, rigor, and integrity through initiatives that include online arts discourse, podcasts, books, educational programs, and public events. As a platform, Art Practical embraces these many forms to connect diverse regional voices and amplify underrepresented perspectives from the Bay Area and broader West Coast.

We'll be continuously updating this page with all of our anniversary events and initiatives, so be sure to check back for more! 

AP 10-Year Anniversary Party

 

Friday, October 18, 6-9pm 
The Lounge at Minnesota Street Project
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're throwing a 10-year anniversary party! We'll be in the lounge at Minnesota Street Project on Friday, October 18 from 6–9pm. Please join us, by RSVP'ing here!
 
Street parking. ADA accessible.
 

AP 10-Year Editions and Zines

 

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, Art Practical is launching a brand-new set of editions and zines, and asking for your support!

We are thrilled to offer new prints by Bay Area artists Libby Black, Katie Dorame, Ala Ebtekar, Mik Gaspay, Rhonda Holberton, Klea McKenna, Ranu Mukherjee, Jenny Odell, Lava Thomas, and Sam Vernon. The zine set compiles a selection of essays and conversations—one from each of our last ten years of publications—and feature Aruna D'Souza, Jacqueline Francis, Victoria Gannon, Glen Helfand, Cliff Hengst, Scott Hewicker, Emily K. Holmes, Kevin Killian, Genevieve Quick, Matthew David Rana, Adrienne Skye Roberts, Anton Stuebner, Margaret Tedesco, Weston Teruya, Christine Wong Yap, and Kathy Zarur. Bound together, these pieces chronicle the ways in which our community has considered notions of home in relation to artistic practice over the course of a decade.

Zine sets and editions will be available upon donation. Your generous donations will help fund our current initiatives, stretch our imaginations, and foster new content for the future. Art Practical started ten years ago as a volunteer-run organization, with a passionate group of contributors who saw the need for Bay Area arts to be represented in international arts discourse. Ten years later, we have mentored a new generation of arts writers and offer competitive pay. We are run by an equally passionate small team of part-time staff, who work hard to support voices that reflect the Bay Area arts community and beyond. Your support will enable us to grow as one of the only remaining publications dedicated to covering arts and culture in the Bay Area.

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