For eight years, the team at Boise Weekly has put blood, sweat and sometimes, quite literally, tears into something other than the pages of this weekly newspaper. It was an endeavor we undertook out of a passion to support the arts. It was a journey we began because we know how many of you out there share that interest. It was called Idaho Arts Quarterly, and it was dedicated to the study of all things aesthetic and their creators.
Unfortunately, zeal can only take a publication so far in this business before the numbers start to intervene.
Last week, the numbers officially intervened, and Idaho Arts Quarterly was quietly laid to rest to live on only in Boise Weekly's archives.
"I want to thank all of the people who worked with us to create the latest incarnation of IAQ, particularly the contributing writers and artists," said IAQ Editor Katy Dang. "I am extremely proud of what we accomplished."
Ultimately, IAQ suffered a fate many local artists face without the support of things like IAQ. What the magazine accomplished artistically and philosophically was lauded by many, but without parallel fiscal success, demise is inevitable.
"We must realize that without that support, things can disappear," said Dang.
That goes for art galleries, dance companies, opera houses, orchestras and, yes, art journals.
This week's main feature, "Story-Girl" from writer Jeremiah Robert Wierenga, had originally been slated to run in IAQ. We've printed it here in Boise Weekly because of a common goal to celebrate all facets of the arts in Idaho, regardless of genre or notoriety or, in this case, the passage of time. Great art transcends time, carrying with it the message of its time and place. Great art is a history of its own time and place. Support it with your dollars, your presence and your spirit.