Looking back at the past several months, life has been challenging on multiple levels. This pandemic presented the opportunity to slow down and do some deep reflecting on the past seven seasons of Artdose Magazine. We continue to grow, find creative ways to engage with our audience, and become a platform that can make an impact in the visual arts through advocacy, inclusion, and building community even if we are currently connecting virtually.
Our social media presence continues to promote all of the great things that are happening in our communities across Wisconsin. In March, we felt a need to do more to engage artists in conversations so we created an online artist talk series called Artdose Talks. In August, we transitioned our weekly art e-newsletter FRANK & CO to Artdose Magazine Weekly. This paved a better path to continuously share art content with our growing subscribers. Our readership comes from Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin; Buenos Aires, India, Nepal, Spain. The average open rate for this type of art industry e-newsletter is 24%. Artdose Magazine Weekly’s open rate is 35%.
As of mid-September, we welcomed three new contributors. They are Xela Garcia, Linda Marcus, and Juan Miguel Martinez. Xela leads a new column focusing on art as activism, Linda leads a column on contemporary fiber arts, and Juan Miguel writes about BIPOC artists.
In this issue, we introduce galleries Arts + Literature Laboratory (Madison), Mahogany Gallery (Racine), and Rountree Gallery (Platteville); artists Terrance Adeyanju, Tyanna Buie, Jaron Childs, Celeste Contreras, Iuscely Flores, Anika Kowalik, Akira Mabon, Shannon Lee Molter, and Mindy Sue Wittock; and the Emerging Art Leaders Fellowship Program at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.
My hope is that this upcoming new year brings positivity and optimism for a better future.