Text by Midori Yamanaka

Our winter cover showcases an image from Luz Blumenfeld’s article in this issue titled “Marlo and the Sparrow.” Captured by Beth Schlegel, a Media Specialist at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, this photo reflects the collaborative efforts between King School and Portland State University’s MFA Art and Social Practice program, jointly operating KSMoCA (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School Museum of Contemporary Art). It symbolizes our interconnectedness with time, narrative, and people: Marlo engrossed in a historical painting, Beth observing an elementary student, and Luz Blumenfeld, the article’s author, presenting this interview alongside Beth’s image. As we delve into Marlo’s story, let us remember the significance of collaboration, support, and the beauty we create together. We often overlook the beauty that surrounds us, crafted through our collective efforts. May our practice inspire you to notice the beauty in your own life.

-Midori Yamanaka

The Social Forms of Art (SoFA) Journal is a publication dedicated to supporting, documenting and contextualising social forms of art and its related fields and disciplines. Each issue of the Journal takes an eclectic look at the ways in which artists are engaging with communities, institutions and the public. The Journal supports and discusses projects that offer critique, commentary and context for a field that is active and expanding.

Created within the Portland State University Art & Social Practice Masters In Fine Arts. Program, SoFA Journal is now fully online.

Conversations on Everything is an expanding collection of interviews produced as part of SoFA Journal. Through the potent format of casual interviews as artistic research, insight is harvested from artists, curators, people of other fields and everyday humans. These conversations study social forms of art as a field that lives between and within both art and life.

SoFA Journal
c/o PSU Art & Social Practice
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207