Usually, our annual “Profiles” issue is 35-plus local creatives with shorter interviews. I adopted this style a few years ago because, even after publishing for over six years, there continued to be many people I wanted to feature but just didn’t have space for in our regular issue schedule. So, the “Profiles” issue was developed to allow more artists to be featured.
However, this year is different. That is the understatement of the decade—2020 is a different year. But I wanted to show the artwork that people were creating during the COVID-19 “shelter-in-place” order. Hence, instead of 45 people, we have 10 creatives and space for the new work they have created since March.
With over 90 submissions, it was challenging to pick only 11. For multimedia, audio, and video work, we decided to plan a web/digital presentation for those artists, which will do more justice to their work than a print version would. And a few of the artists we have moved to feature in a future issue. Thank you to all the artists who submitted; it is an honor to present your work.
Lastly, COVID-19 has had an economic effect on most industries, especially the arts. We are not immune. And with this our 52nd issue, we will be moving to a quarterly publication. We love print! And will continue to present the local creative scene in a way that fully honors the work. However, funding has been cut back, and we will have to adjust with the times.
We will also continue to highlight the creative community in our podcast, blog, and video. But for 2020-2021, we will be moving to quarterly, and hopefully, as the economy, funding, and partnerships rebuild, we can return to bi-monthly. We (SVCreates and Content Magazine) are committed to supporting the artistic culture of Santa Clara County. We will continue to work to bring voice and visibility to our local creatives.
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