The Endicott Studio for Mythic Arts (founded in Boston in 1987) was originally a bricks-and-mortar studio -- a workspace, exhibition space, and gathering place for creative artists inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. It has evolved over the past 21 years into a transAtlantic organization (now based in Tucson and Devon) supporting a wide variety of mythic projects, events, and publications.
One of those projects has been The Journal of Mythic Arts, and (more recently) this blog. Endicott has been on the web since 1997, making us one of the oldest web journals in our field. Our mission was to promote contemporary mythic arts and to provide resources and information for mythic artists, students, and scholars.
When we came on to the web, this mission seemed particularly important because there wasn't much mythic arts information out there yet. Today, happily, it's a different story. Many mythic writers, artists, and performers maintain extensive websites, and there's also a range of good webzines, blogs, discussion forums, and print journals to chose from -- such as Mythic Passages, Fairy Tale Review, Phantasmaphile, Cabinet des Fées, Goblin Fruit, Les Bonnes Fees, Café Irreal, Fantasy Magazine, Stainless Steel Droppings, Dante's Heart, Magpie Magazine, Shaken & Stirred, Chasing Ray, Ullabenulla, and BibliOdyssey; as well as discussion forums such as The Interstitial Salon and Surlalune's, and mixed media 'zines such as Born Magazine and Dreaming Methods.
And so, dear readers, we've decided it's time, after eleven years, to close the Journal of Mythic Arts . . . which includes closing down this blog as well. We're a small, volunteer organization, and we want to carve out time to move on to some new projects...as well as for our own creative work. I was quite touched when a review (a year or two ago) referred to Midori and me as "the godmothers and muses of the mythic arts field" . . . but at the same, I have found myself reflecting on the following words from Anais Nin: "For too many centuries women have been busy being muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse...but I was really trying to avoid the final issue -- that I had to do the job myself." There's a point in a woman's life (since we're not getting any younger!) when it is time to narrow ones focus.
Perhaps some of you out there will fill the space that JoMa leaves behind. . . .
And, I should hasten to add, the Endicott Studio is not disappearing altogether:
First: Over the next couple of months we'll be busy preparing our Farewell Issue of the Journal of Mythic Arts. Look for it online at the end of the summer. (We'll add one last entry to this blog, announcing its publication and providing a link to the issue.) We've got some great articles, stories and poems in store for it, so please join us for one final explosion of mythic arts online, around Labor Day.
Second: The extensive archives of the Journal of Mythic Arts, and of this blog, will remain online. Together, they provide a rich source of mythic arts information, and we'd like them to remain available for readers both old and new.
Third: Endicott is not disappearing from the web. We're starting up a smaller blog where we'll post Endicott-related news, publication announcements, event info, etc.. [Update: It's up and running now. Click here to find it.]
If, however, what you want are the kind of wide-ranging posts you found here on this blog, then I recommend migrating over to Midori's personal blog, "In the Labyrinth" -- where she mixes mythic arts recommendations with other reflections on art, books, music, and the writing life.
I've got a a new website now too, which includes a studio blog, "The Drawing Board," for the art side of my life. My little blog is more limited in scope than Midori's, being primarily a place to share to some of the drawings from my sketchbooks. But if you're interesting in seeing emerging sketches, paintings-in-progress, mythic art for children, and a heck of a lot of rabbits...then please do drop by.
Fourth: Midori and I have some intriguing ideas about how the Endicott Studio will evolve as it enters its next phase of life. As new Endicott projects go public, we'll announce them on the Endicott news blog, so please stay tuned.
The mythic arts field has changed extensively since the Endicott Studio began. For one thing, it's now recognized as a field...and that, if nothing else, makes me very glad that we've been here all these years.
Now we throw this open to you, in the Comments thread. What do you think about the field of mythic arts? Where do you think it is (or should be) heading next? Recommend places where Endicott readers can now go for their fix of daily mythic arts...or tell us how myth has affected your own work...or just wish us luck.
Thank you, all of you, for your support of JoMA -- and for being part of the mythic arts community. (And thank you, Carl V., for the very kind write-up you gave the Endicott Studio a while back on Stainless Steel Droppings.)
Many thanks, too, to all the writers, artists, and scholars who generously contributed their work to JoMA and this blog. (The art in this post, for example, is by the lovely Jeanie Tomanek, whose gorgeous, inspiring imagery has graced so many JoMA pages.) Thank you also to our reviewers, Kathleen Howard, Elizabeth Genco, & Helen Pilinovsky; and to Paul Hinze, for all the technical support he provided. And especially to our Assistant Editor, Jamie Bluth. It's been a privilege to work with you all.
We'll see you again soon, with our Farewell Issue...
Until then, as Jane Yolen says: "Touch magic and pass it on."