Talk about bucking the trend. It takes bold confidence to launch a magazine in this digital age. True, the bilingual arts and culture magazine Art/iculation also publishes online, but any concession to paper – glossy though it may be – requires faith.
Sofia Misenheimer has faith. And why not? The graduate from Concordia’s journalism program and, most recently, with a Master’s from McGill’s Art History and Communication Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies programs, received a huge boost in May when she won the Emerging Excellence award at the National Digital Publishing Awards in Toronto – no easy feat when you’re up against more established media, including The Walrus and the National Post.
Nominated by Dr. Alanna Thain, Director of the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, who has long sponsored Art/iculation, Misenheimer attributes her success to the community-building capacity of the magazine.
“The magazine is sustained not only by the brilliant contributions of writers, artists, students, and professors, but by the sponsorship of nearly 20 university faculties, student organizations, and granting bodies, who see value in Art/iculation,” said Misenheimer, creator and editor of the magazine that received $1,500 from the Mary H. Brown Endowment Fund run by McGill’s Office of the Dean of Students.