Craigardan is a nonprofit arts organization and educational working farm that leverages collective creativity for social good. We bring people together for place-based and interdisciplinary learning, providing creative residencies, courses, and events that span diverse artistic and knowledge disciplines in order to foster curiosity, inquiry, and collaboration.
Craigardan supports ceramic, literary, visual, and performance artists, as well as farmers, chefs, activists, scholars, and researchers from the Adirondack region and around the world. We cultivate a dynamic that amplifies each individual’s work and activates collective creativity within the community. We believe that fostering the interaction between artists and the local public is as important as providing sheltered time to artists to further their creative practices.
It is in this spirit that Craigardan launched The Gardan journal in 2020. In response to the isolation brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the journal was originally designed as a vehicle to allow for continued creative conversations across disciplines. Since then, we have published 5 issues, available to view digitally at Craigardan.org/gardan. With thanks to the support of the Essex Arts Council, we received funding for an issue focused exclusively on Essex County-based artists, due out in early December.
We are a region rich in all forms of artistic expression and innovation. If you are a visual artist, craftsperson, thinker, activist, farmer, environmentalist, or chef living and working in Essex County, we strongly encourage your submission to the journal.
We invite contributions in the form of words (poetry, essays, articles, etc.), images, video, field notes, or sound; and article topics of particular interest include but are not limited to: social justice, Adirondack history and environmental stewardship, rural economies, and art and culture. Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2022. All published artists receive a free copy of the Journal plus print and digital recognition. Complete guidelines for content submission can be accessed online at www.craigardan.org/gardan.