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    IAF INTERFICTIONS ONLINE INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN ends above target goal

    Thanks to 277 generous backers for our Interfictions Indiegogo Campaign, we raised $10,318 by the time our campaign ended at midnight, July 14th, 2014.  When we launched on June 3rd, we were staggered to find donations doubling almost daily, until after about 3 weeks we had reached our original target goal of $8,500, and were able to move on to our Stretch Goal of $10,000.

    Which means we not only get to publish Interfictions Online for another year, but we can pay our contributors at higher rates now, rates more in line with the effort and talent that innovation requires. Thank you, each and every one of the 277 generous donors who stepped forward to say that interstitial art is valued and valuable. The number of people is as important as the number of dollars raised. We are awed by your generosity.
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    INTERFICTIONS issue #3 is up online!

    The editors of Interfictions Online are happy to announce the birth of the journal’s latest issue, on May 22, 2014!

    The Spring 2014 issue’s non-fiction offerings include Mark Craddock’s poignant collage in Aerial Acrobatics and Gender Reassignment Surgery – A How-To Guide, while Inda Lauryn’s Parallels and Transitions splices analysis of contemporary female vocalists into a graduate school memoir. Isabel Yap’s Life Is Not a Shoujo Manga speaks for itself. And in an interview with Jeff VanderMeer and Jeremy Zerfoss, the two creators discuss their illustrated guide to writing, Wonderbook.

    The fiction offerings remix tropes from ghosts to automata, with new work by Richard Butner, Su-Yee Lin, Kat Howard, Tade Thompson and S. Craig Renfroe Jr.

    Several of the poems in this issue reimagine older narratives: Sridala Swami’s AI Winter draws on the Mahabharata, Sonya Taaffe’s Double Business on Hamlet, and Mary Alexandra Agner’s Hypothesis Between Your Ribs on the brief life of Charles Darwin’s daughter.

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  • Building Communities to Support Interstitial Art: The IAF Salon
    by Larissa | March 31st, 2010 |
    Interstitial Arts Foundation

    I am still blown away by the swiftly-increasing capacity of online social networking technologies to foster communities around the globe. We can blog, tweet, flickr (has that one become a verb yet?), share video on YouTube.com, and share audio through podcasts. At last count, more than 1300 people had declared themselves supporters of the IAF on Facebook. Fabulous! Yet there remains something wonderful, and I believe, necessary about continuing to gather face-to-face.

    Have you ever talked to someone at a conference – perhaps an artist you admire or maybe a kindred spirit you’ve just met – and walked away with a sense of enthusiasm and purpose that sent you into a productive frenzy? Have you sat in a room with a group of people discussing a problem and watched as little ideas bounced around until they had grown into something marvelous and innovative? Live, local communities give us energy, stir creativity, and provide support when we face new challenges in reaching our artistic goals.

    The IAF has revived the concept of the salon to encourage those who create or enjoy boundary crossing art to come together. Salons provide an environment to meet, talk, and share ideas. Over the past year, interstitial art enthusiasts have participated in salons in California, Indiana, Maine, and New York. Ellen Denham, host of the monthly Interstitial Indy Salon, provides a great example that illustrates how energizing such a gathering can be:

    The second Interstitial Indy salon took place on Sunday, March 28 at the Indiana Writers’ Center. Ten people attended and took part in lively discussion. Attendees wore name tags with color-coded stars for the following categories: literary, musical, visual, dance, theater, and enthusiast/audience member. I’m happy to report that all six of these categories were represented! We had actors, dancers, singers, a composer, a visual artist, and a few jack-of-all-trades or hard to pigeonhole types. Definitely interstitial! Discussion included breaking or working across genre boundaries and creative funding for the arts in a time of recession. We had some very stimulating conversation over wine and pomegranate punch, and the air was alive with interesting ideas, many of which inspired us to pull out notebooks or smart phones to jot down a name or idea. I read some of the IAF mission statement from the website and part of Ellen Kushner’s essay on the IAF origins and got lots of enthusiastic nods of agreement. We’re looking forward to the next meeting on Sunday, April 25. If you are in or near Indianapolis, please join us!

    The Interstitial Indy Salon Series represents some of the best things about gathering face-to-face. Of course, if you’re interested in learning more about the monthly salons, please join the Facebook group, or maybe you’ll also consider gathering people in your own community to celebrate and support interstitial art. Organizing an IAF Salon is a little bit of work and a lot of fun!

    Do you have questions about how to start? Take a look at our How to Host an IAF Salon page. Do you have other questions? Do you have comments about how we can support your efforts? Please post them in the comments to this post!

    If more than 1300 people support the IAF online, how many more are ready to gather to build local communities? What fantastic ideas will be born at the next salon?

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