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  • New year, new IAF president, new plans
    by Ellen | January 30th, 2011 |

    A Message from outgoing IAF president Ellen Kushner

    January saw a lot of changes for IAF, centered around a big Executive Board meeting held MLK weekend in Boston.

    On January 16th, the entire** Executive Board met at the Boston home of Board member Wendy Ellertson for our first ever face-to-face meeting (We do meet monthly by conference call, but felt it was important to sit in a room drinking coffee, eating Jon Ellertson’s amazing fruit bread and working on IAF policy together!) We discussed plans for upcoming projects including Interfictions Zero, and a revamping of the website, as well as ways to expand further into new communities.

    We were joined by IAF Working Group member Daniel A. Rabuzzi, who proposed a Task Force made up of Working Group and Board Members to meet over the next 3 months and return to the Board with suggestions of policy changes and new directions for IAF, which will be considered and implemented over the next 12 months. The Task Force will be composed of Board members Geoff Long, Deborah Atherton and Felice Kuan, and Working Group members Victor Raymond, Daniel Rabuzzi, and one more to be determined.

    Longtime invaluable Board member Stephen H. Segal stepped down from the Board, but will remain in the Working Group. Delia Sherman (an IAF co-founder who has served in her time as President, Secretary and Treasurer, as well as co-editor of both Interfictions anthologies) stepped down from the Board, but will continue as Executive Editor of Publications. And I officially ended my term as President of the IAF (though I will remain on the Board, as will Erin Underwood, whose term as Vice-President also ended). For our new president, the Board unanimously elected Larissa Niec of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, who has done such a wonderful job as Salon and Membership chair since she joined IAF. Felice Kuan of NYC, our newest member, will serve as Vice-President.

    I am thrilled to have Larissa presiding over what will clearly be a year of changes. One thing that won’t change, though, is the importance of every single person who cares about interstitial art. Together, we can make “art without borders” a brave reality.

    Earlier that weekend, an IAF “town hall meeting”-style panel* was held at Boston’s Westin Waterfront hotel on January 14th, followed by a Pizza Salon. Both were well-attended by interested and thoughtful people from a number of artistic disciplines. It was exciting to hear visual artists talking about the ways that IAF could help create a new vocabulary of criticism, or a shared space for exhibits. Musicians wondered how to expand and educate audiences. Both spoke of teaming up with writers to create language for their work. Academics proposed an “apprenticeship” program…. What emerged was a sense that everyone’s hungry for collaboration and community, and we look forward to helping that happen this year through more local salons, online prompts (issuing a monthly “provocation” prompt?), and more. And once again in 2011, March will be Daily Blogpost month here at IAF! If you’d like to contribute something, please comment here.

    Ellen Kushner
    co-founder & President Emerita, IAF
    *We thank the Arisia convention for the space in their programming this year, and again for their generous grant to IAF last year! And thanks to IAF past president Victor Raymond and the Carl Brandon Society for the use of their party space in the convention hotel.

    **Missing from photo: Board Member Deborah Atherton, who was laid up in NYC but heroically attended an all-day meeting by speakerphone.  Actually, that’s a drawing of her (next to Geoff’s indomitable cellphone), on that little white piece of paper I’m holding in front of Wendy.

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    2 Responses to “New year, new IAF president, new plans”

    1. Ashly Says:

      Great news! So glad the new year is off to a good start for IAF.

      I would be very interested in participating in the March blogging. I think I have volunteered to be a part of it before, but life was hectic at the time and I wasn’t able to properly follow through, and I apologize. But with my life more under control now, I would LOVE to be a part of this project!

      Looking forward to 2011!

    2. Ellen Kushner Says:

      Ashly, that would be great. You’ll be hearing from the March editor soon!

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