The Future of Art Practical

The Future of Art Practical

By Art Practical Editors April 9, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Christina Linden, editor@artpractical.com

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 9, 2020—Amid a broader landscape of closures, we regret to announce that Art Practical's publishing relationship with California College of the Arts (CCA) will conclude on June 30, 2020. 

Art Practical has produced and sustained critical arts discourse in the Bay Area for over ten years. Since 2014, we have been published by CCA, which has provided crucial infrastructural and financial support. CCA, however, is no longer able to offer the support that Art Practical needs to continue forward. A plan is in place to archive all of our past content—the decade-long contributions of hundreds of artists and writers—through CCA Libraries’ VAULT system this coming fall. This will be the extent of the relationship between the publication and the college moving forward.

Despite historic growth in readership, new institutional collaborations, sponsorships, and community support over the last few years, Art Practical has not found the full financial support we need as one of the few remaining Bay Area arts publications to continue cultivating diverse leadership and paying contributors at a fair wage. One of our greatest challenges has been the rising cost of living in the Bay Area, pricing our core staff and the very community we exist to serve out of the area. Nationwide, closures of independent arts organizations and publications have been widespread even before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. Given the recent wave of layoffs and closures in the aftermath of COVID-19, we ask the larger community to urgently consider the artistic landscape of the Bay Area.

We hope you will join us for a public online panel on the Future of AP (Art Practical/Art Publishing) on May 6, 2020 at 5:00pm. This conversation with participants Sarah Hotchkiss, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Micki Meng, James McAnally, Roula Seikaly, and Vivian Sming will take place as a webinar with an embedded question and comment feed for our audience. We hope this will give the public an opportunity to weigh in on the radical transformation we currently face along with many others in the field of contemporary arts discourse.

Christina Linden, Interim Executive Director at Art Practical, states, “At this moment of collective crisis and change, building and sustaining arts discourse remains as essential as ever, on both local and global levels. We want to make our platform available to acknowledge the increased precarity of many arts organizations, including our own, and to take stock of the closures we are all experiencing together. At the same time, it is important to highlight new projects and platforms that will continue to emerge, in many cases fostered by voices that have gained purchase on Art Practical in our past decade of operation. We want to talk about how we can survive in this landscape: What new developments promise opportunities for growth? What new forms—blogs, podcasts, online or in-person gatherings—will arts discourse take?”

Art Practical will continue publishing through May. We look forward to releasing the remaining podcasts in our Notes from MoAD series, hosted by Rhiannon MacFadyen and PJ Gubatina Policarpio, next week. We also look forward to sharing a selection of new writing as part of our forthcoming thematic issue, On Being Included, guest edited by Michelle Dizon and Yusef Omowale. These are the last works we’ll be publishing for the time being, so our attention can be turned to archiving all of our content and exploring new avenues. We still hold out hope that the future might carry potential and possibility via new sponsorships, operating models, or institutional affiliations. Though times are uncertain, we’re keeping the door open: Please reach out if you have ideas, experiences, or support to offer for possibilities for the future of Art Practical. If you’d like to donate to support our archiving efforts and ongoing operating costs, you can do so here

Tina Takemoto, Dean of Humanities and Sciences at CCA, remarks, “By amplifying diverse and underrepresented perspectives, Art Practical has provided a crucial voice in visual arts publishing and a place of belonging for so many CCA students, faculty, and alumni. Our lives have been enriched by engaging with Art Practical’s texts, programming, and professional development opportunities, and it has been a pleasure and honor to work with the extraordinary members of the Art Practical team.”

We want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported us: our editors, writers, podcast hosts, contributors, readers, listeners, donors, and all of our collaborative partners over the years. It is only in community with you that this visual arts publishing organization has been able to develop as a people-forward and equitable platform, connecting regional voices from the Bay Area and broader West Coast. Our editors and staff remain individually committed to fostering discourse and dialogue in the arts. We hope we’ve inspired, trained, and provided opportunities and skills for new writers and editors to start or contribute to publications and platforms that are urgently needed.

Art Practical is built on a solid and dedicated group of artists, writers, and editors—some who have been involved in the publication from the very start,” reflects Vivian Sming, Head of Publications, Education, and Programs at Art Practical. “Their commitment and enthusiasm for arts discourse have brought us together and have kept the publication alive and running all these years. Art Practical has become a place of shared values and alignment. It has truly been an honor to have been a part of shaping this publication together.”

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