A Letter from IAF President Larissa Niec

I’m delighted to share news of the Interstitial Arts Foundation’s movement and growth this past year. With your help, we were able to lend our support and promotion to more artists, reach wider audiences in new locations, and begin an exciting new project. As we head into 2013, I invite you to join us by renewing your membership and coming to one of our salons or town halls (or hosting one!)

The Interstitial Arts Foundation (IAF) is a non-profit group dedicated to the study, support, and promotion of art that crosses borders, working to break down the many barriers—commercial or creative—that force artists into categories and genres.

In 2012, you enabled us to:

  • Offer salons and town halls open to all interstitial artists in New York, Boston, and Indianapolis;
  • Introduce the new work of exciting interstitial artists to others on our blog and Facebook page;
  • Help our friends and supporters achieve their crowd-funding goals through publicity boosts and sharing of their ideas;
  • Continue sales of our groundbreaking international anthologies, Interfictions and Interfictions 2;
  • Publish Interfictions Zero, a rolling online anthology of interstitial criticism on interstitial texts.

And in particular:

  • Conceive of and begin work on our newest project, launching in Spring 2013, Interfictions: A Journal of Interstitial Arts, to be edited by Christopher Barzak, Meghan McCarron, and Sofia Samatar, with IAF Co-Founder Delia Sherman as Executive Editor

The upcoming, bi-annual Interfictions is a new and critical direction for us. Beginning as an online literary anthology, it will grow to include all kinds of art—visual, performing, interactive—that transcends boundaries and refuses to be kept in a box.

Interfictions and Interfictions 2 were revolutionary anthologies at a time when genre-bending fiction had difficulty finding a market. Thanks in part to these anthologies, many forms of interstitial literature are now practically mainstream. Five years later, the online Interfictions is a major step in our ongoing goal to support visual and performing arts and literary criticism as much as literary art. I’m tremendously excited about our new anthology and will keep you updated in 2013 as the project continues.

The Interstitial Arts Foundation, unlike many other nonprofit organizations, is entirely run by volunteers. We don’t have a physical building but meet mostly on the phone and online to create the results you see. But it still takes money to maintain our Web activities, organize meetings and salons, and promote the ideas and dreams of the artists who we support. We rely on contributions from members like you, so please consider renewing or joining us today.

To become a Friend of the IAF in 2013, we ask for a gift of $25 (although if you could give a little more, it will help pay our professional rates for contributions to Interfictions). We’ll list you on our Web site, and you’ll be the first to hear about upcoming salons, town halls, and other local and national activities. The IAF is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, so your contribution will be fully tax-deductible. But more importantly, your gift will help today’s most innovative artists continue their work by breaking down outside definitions of how and what they should create.

The easiest way to contribute is through our donor Web site. Or mail your contribution to P.O. Box 35862, Boston, MA 02135. If you include your URL, for donations of $25 or over we will link your name to your Web site.

Thank you so much to all of you who have donated in the past, and a warm welcome to those of you who are new to us—artists and art-lovers alike. The work we do at the Interstitial Arts Foundation is vitally important, but we can only do it with your help. I hope you will be able to join us for 2013, which promises to be a wonderful one for Interstitial Arts!

All the Best in the New Year,
Larissa Niec