Caldera Magazine is a new, print and online publication trying to provide a genuine solution to the lack of representation by focusing solely on people of color and the LGBTQIA communities within the arts. I founded Caldera out of frustration as I realized I was consistently one of the few brown people in the room, and seeing first-hand how intimidating the arts can be, simply because they are (to be frank) not always welcoming to all.
Using a print and online publication to be the catalyst for this change came about for two reasons: my love of print media, and recognizing the need for a platform that grants full access to creative expression and ideas. Each issue invites artists and creatives to explore various social issues and conversations through their respective mediums.
The arts industry is a pocket of people who so dearly value the concept of openness, self-expression and a host of conceptual ideologies that, from the outside, it appears to be a haven for creativity and the acceptance of all types of people and their individual ideas.
While this is true for some, it is far from the truth for others.
The lack of representation is an issue across industries, but an issue that seems to, curiously so, silo communities within the arts. It is important to have adequate visibility of groups that are too often overlooked or tokenized. Are we the end-all cure to centuries of white-washed museum spaces, art galleries, performance halls and art schools? No. We didn’t set out to be, either. What we want is to put our nose to the ground and do the work that needs to be done on the grassroots level, with the hope that our work at Caldera will impact larger change within the Philadelphia arts community by way of example rather than another “cultural competency” workshop.
We are quickly approaching first birthday and in celebrating what we've accomplished in this first year, we're also looking to make significant changes to elevate the magazine and the content within it. This level of funding would help us cover prudction fees, pay our POC/LGBTQIA+ artists what they deserve and help us execute out IRL events and art shows to further spread the Caldera message and build our community.
Caldera Magazine was founded and is currently run by Zoe Rayn, a Temple University/Tyler School of Art graduate and her very opinionated Siamese cat, Karen.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read a little about us, you're support is more than appreciated!
Peace and Love,
Founder, Caldera Magazine