To the Members of Our Community,
This is an uncertain time.
Like you, we are concerned about the health and well-being of friends and families, neighbours and colleagues. We are following government recommendations, which include closing our office, working from home and encouraging everyone to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by cancelling or postponing all non-essential gatherings. We are finding new ways to express social solidarity. And we are conscious, now more than ever, that global crises require us to think and imagine new ways of being in the world together.
Galleries, museums, residencies, studios and schools are closed or closing across the country, but there are so many other ways to find ourselves in art. The collective creativity of our online world is astonishing, and artworks of all kinds can be experienced while we are self-isolating. Art is a fundamental part of humanity and we will never stop creating and sharing it.
We just launched the Spring issue, Influence, and you’ll find much of it available for free online, including a personal essay published this week by artist Hazel Meyer on her experience of receiving a ton of Joyce Wieland’s marble. It’s a great read about the value of intergenerational relationships between artists. We will continue to publish free regular online content, and if you’re spending more time reading these days, you can stay connected to us by subscribing to our newsletter here.
Artists and culture workers are among the most precariously employed; let’s use this moment to find and build new social networks of care, and to remind ourselves of the critical role artists play in our society.
— Debra Rother, Publisher, and Jayne Wilkinson, Editor-in-Chief