2009 was a pretty awesome year for the Interstitial Arts Foundation: Interfictions 2 came out, they released some excellent fiction for free online in their Annex, and we had a successful auction of interstitial art featuring some amazing creations. I hear they also had some pretty fabulous Salons in New York and Los Angeles, but this Georgia lady wasn't able to make any of those. (Here's for an Atlanta-based Interstitial Salon in 2010! Who's with me?*)
By the by, if anyone is located in or near Indianapolis, Indiana: there's a Interstitial Salon happening at the Indiana Writer's Center on February 28th! See this post for access to more information.
I'm excited to see this interstitial arts movement flourishing, and more people both noticing and celebrating art that defies categorization. I'm delighted a support structure is growing for those artists who create works that side-step genre and dance between forms; I'm overjoyed that necklaces-what-are-also-stories and fiction-that-is-also-an-itemized-list and postcards-that-are-poems have a platform on which to glory. And I'm absolutely on board with the IAF's latest call: we need more people, more enthusiasm, and more ideas!
In short, we need YOU.
The Board and Working Group have already compiled a bit of a 2010 Wishlist and posted it on the main IAF blog, but I'll reproduce it for you below:
Post more regular news, reviews, events, and promotion of interstitial artists and their work.
Establish a forum for interstitial artists to exchange ideas, collaborate, network, and brainstorm.
Create an online art gallery.
Feature guest bloggers on a regular basis.
Organize an interstitial art symposium.
Begin work on Interfictions 3.
Generate a wider engagement with the interstitial art community through co-sponsored events with other artists & organizations.
Hold more salons in towns across the U.S. & in Europe (Please visit our new How to Host an IAF Salon page!)
Each of these items is a solid prospect for perpetuating and heightening the momentum the Interstitial Arts Foundation now has. I'm completely game for assisting in an Atlanta Salon - and you can easily get started on one of your own, with the tutorial already available on the website.
But what else should be added to that list?
I'm considering ways to get interstitial art in general (and Interfictions in particular) involved more academically. My ideas are still largely inchoate; however, given my current status as a graduate student, this is definitely an area where I'd like to focus some enthusiasm and elbow grease.
But come, bring your thoughts and suggestions! Bring your enthusiasm! You can comment here or join in the discussion on the original IAF post. And, if you've ever wanted to volunteer with the IAF, now's the time to speak up!
This entry was originally posted at Livejournal on February 15th, 2010. You can comment here or there.