CAN Journal: The Best Magazine in Ohio
When you’re telling the truth, it’s not bragging—it’s just reporting. And certain occasions, it’s just appropriate.
I couldn’t be more proud to report that at its annual All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, The Press Club of Cleveland recognized CAN Journal, the quarterly publication of the nonprofit Collective Arts Network, as the Best Magazine in Ohio. The CAN team was proud to share the stage with second place winners Edible Cleveland and runner-up Cleveland Magazine.
The Awards are judged annually by panels of peer journalists from press clubs outside Ohio.
CAN Journal is a magazine founded on the idea that artists and art organizations are stronger together. It is a magazine that would not be possible without the collective action of approximately 100 art organizations in Northeast Ohio, along with support from a multitude of individuals, funders, and patrons.
For CAN that is doubly true: First because all those organizations and people create the art scene that CAN covers, and Northeast Ohio has an exceedingly robust art scene. Every issue is packed with that evidence.
It is also literally true that CAN was created by those organizations, which responded in 2012 to the dearth of media coverage of art by launching a bootstrap effort to make their own media.
The idea came from Liz Maugans, who convened the Strategic Arts Leadership Talks (SALT) at Zygote Press in 2011. The effort gathered leaders of small to mid-size art organizations, both nonprofit and commercial, to talk about how they could support each other in tough economic times. Those organizations use the magazine as a platform to educate audiences about their upcoming programs. In addition to their role as content providers, they do some of the work: The first step of distribution for each issue is a networking party at one of those venues. A list of organizations that are members of Collective Arts Network can be found below.
While the judges did not offer comments on winners in this category, we know that when they saw it they must have thought, “my word, this is absolutely beautiful!” And the truth of that statement is shared by the artists whose work appears on the cover and all the pages, as well as by designer JoAnn Dickey who, with Editor/Publisher Michael Gill has worked on the magazine since the beginning.
It is also true that CAN has drawn on the talents of the region’s most accomplished writers about art, including our communications manager Brittany Mariel Hudak (who gathers dozens of events for the CAN Weekly e-newsletter), as well as Douglas Max Utter, Henry Adams PhD, William Busta, Joseph Clark, Jeff Hagan, Jimi Izrael, Erin O’Brien, and many others. Our impeccable copy editing is done by Laura Fratus.
CAN would not be possible without support from the Foundation community, the generosity of patrons, and the staff who help us reach out to them. CAN’s Development Manager is April Bleakney. Specifically, we thank Wally Lanci and Consolidated Solutions, a printer who saw the promise of collaboration by art organizations in our first years and has continued as an invaluable partner. In addition, we thank: the Cleveland Foundation, which recognized CAN as important communications infrastructure for the regional art industry; the George Gund Foundation, whose visionary support enabled the creation of CAN’s website, and ongoing work; The Ohio Arts Council, which supported the SALT Talks, the initial publication of CAN, and the creation of CAN’s blog for critical review; and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, which has supported projects including an initiative to increase diversity of participation in the network.
Finally we thank our advertisers for their support of CAN and the Cleveland art scene, and even more specifically for their support of print media. At CAN we believe that because printed magazines are distributed as physical objects throughout the city, they command attention “in real life” (as we say on the web) and enable us to reach new audiences.
CAN Journal has a quarterly print circulation of 10,000, distributed free in more than 200 locations around Northeast Ohio, and to subscribers.
Organizational members of Collective Arts Network
Akron Art Museum
Allen Memorial Art Museum
Aliberti Art Tile
Art Books Cleveland
Art Gallery of Willoughby
The Art Gallery at Beachwood Communty Center
Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
Artists of the ArtCraft Building
Bostwick Design Art Initiative
Canton Museum of Art
Cleveland Arts Prize
Church of Art
Cleveland Arts Prize
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Photo Fest
Cleveland Print Room
Cleveland Skribe Tribe
Community Partnership for the Arts and Culture
La Cosecha Galeria
Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
Dawn Tekler Studio
Donna Marchetti Design
Edward Parker Creative Arts Complex
Eileen Dorsey Studio
Emily Davis Gallery / University of Akron
Florence O’Donnel Wasmer Gallery / Ursuline College
Flux Metal Arts
Foothill Galleries of the Photo Succession
Glass Bubble Project
Galleries at CSU
Galleries at Lakeland
Gordon Square Arts District
Gray Haus Studios
Harris Stanton Gallery
Howson/Streeter Galleries at Judson Park
ICA Art Conservation
Kalman and Pabst
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery
Kent State School of Art
Kings & Queens of Art
Lissauer Gallery / Shaker Historical Society
Lorain County Community College Stocker Gallery
Mansfield Art Center
Maria Neil Art Project
McDonough Museum of Art / Youngstown State University
Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory
Nicholson White Gallery
Orange Art Center
Print Club of Cleveland
Rooms to Let
Screw Factory Artists
The Sculpture Center
Shaker Community Gallery
Stella’s Art Gallery
Still Point Gallery
Society for Photographic Education
Streeter Gallery at Judson
Thomas French Fine Art / Tregoning and Company
Tower Press Artists
Tri-C Creative Arts
Tricia Kaman Studio
Valley Art Center
The W Gallery
William Busta Gazzette