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Extravagantly good news from Image & the Glen

Dear Image Community:

When we wrote to you last, we said we’d know by mid-March whether we had enough registrations to hold the Glen Workshop. We’re glad to say that you came through, and the Glen is officially on for July 21–27 in Seattle. Most classes still have some space, but seats are filling quickly. You can register here now. We’d love to see you!

And there’s more. In February, when we announced that we’d be suspending publication, we said we’d need some extravagantly good news in order to continue. We really thought we’d exhausted our options and began to shutter our operations—but then something unexpected happened.

Our community came forward with an overwhelming show of appreciation and support. We heard from friends we knew about, but also from friends we didn’t know we had. Over the past few weeks, individuals and institutions who see our work as essential have stepped forward with offers of long- and short-term help in many forms. We underestimated the strength of the art and faith community, and we’ve never been happier to be wrong.

As a result, we’re not suspending operations after all.

Instead, we’re exploring a number of exciting possibilities that will help us forge a sustainable way forward. We also have funding in place to help us through the transition. Because these plans are still in the works, we can’t give you details yet, but we feel confident declaring that Image will continue quarterly publication uninterrupted for the foreseeable future. In fact, we won’t even miss an issue. For the staff and board, this outpouring of new possibilities feels extravagant, providential, and overwhelming, and we hope this news brings joy to our whole community.

We look forward to telling you more about our plans once they’ve taken their final shape. Some things about our organization will change, but the quarterly print journal and the work of convening a community that cares about art and faith will always be at our core. We’ll retain our current team of staff and section editors. As we explore new prospects for expanded content, we’ll begin looking for a new editor in chief this spring.

One final and very important note: as these new forms of support crystallize, we will still need to maintain our core of donor support, subscriptions, and event revenue. If you’ve been a donor, subscriber, or event attendee in the past, please know how grateful we are. While new possibilities will help us close our budget gap, your continued support is a crucial part of what makes our path forward possible. Image has always been supported by a large and varied community, and this matters not just to our bottom line but to our why.

Lastly, to those of you who wrote us notes of support and appreciation and shared your stories of what Image has meant to you, our heartfelt thanks. Your words meant the world to us during a very difficult time, and knowing that our work has really changed lives continues to sustain us as we discern our way forward.

Thank you.

The Staff and Board of Image
March 23, 2024

P.S. If you’re a writer, now is a great time to send us work. We take it as a vote of confidence in our future. The same is true of choosing to subscribe.

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