In the summer of 2009, Andrew Stephens, Matthew Miller, and I joined together to form Fractions Journal, a free print journal aimed at the creative distribution of the arts. With community support, this full-color publication featured visual artists, writers, musicians, film makers, and craftspeople involved with creative arts.
For my part, I was active daily in editorial duties and fundraising while keeping up with community lectures and organizing. I organized various benefit concerts, promotional expeditions, and our Issue 01 debut at the WSU Shift Space. It was an invaluable experience that led us through some unexplored territory and through the paths of some amazing people in the art and writing community. Thank you to everyone who supported the project.
Our mission was perhaps best captured in our call for submissions. We said, “Whether your passion is painting, designing clothes, typography, or assembling 1:64 scale models of yourself – we want to share it. It provides a chance to get others interested in the things that intrigue you. It’s a publication aimed at engaging the senses and providing access to the work happening in the community and beyond.”
As we progressed, so did our scope of engagement. We soon established Collections, a free database of local and regional recordings. To date, 38 complete albums– many of which were created specifically for Collections– are available, complete with images, track listings, and our own reviews. We continue to build this catalogue.