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. Over the next two decades, it evolved into a nonprofit arts organization (based in Tucson, Arizona and Devon, UK), supporting a wide variety of mythic projects, events, and publications.
One of those projects was The Journal of Mythic Arts, and (more recently) this blog. Endicott has been online since 1997, making JoMA 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, Midori and I have decided it's time for JoMA to come to an end. It has had our volunteer labor for over a decade -- which has been both a privilege and a labor of love -- but now we're both feeling the need to turn our focus to 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.
The mythic arts field has changed extensively since the Endicott Studio began. For one thing, it's become recognized as a field...and that, if nothing else, makes me very glad that we've been here all these years. Now, however, it's time for the next generation to pick up the torch and carry it further.
We're not disappearing altogether, however:
- A large selection of material from the archives of the Journal of Mythic Arts will remain online as a mythic arts resource. (Please note that this is archived material only -- links and recommendations will not be updated after 2008.)
- Both Midori and I are publishing personal blogs (In the Labyrinth and Myth & Moor), mixing mythic arts recommendations with other reflections on art, books, music, and the writing life.
Now we throw this open to you, in the Comments thread. What are your thoughts about the mythic arts field? Where do you think it is (or should be) heading next? Please 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.
- Terri Windling, Devon, UK