New Growth Arts Review, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s literary magazine, publishes short literary works alongside works of art each spring from students at our university. Its pages are free to students, and there is no cost to submit works.
The magazine editors actively run a page on Facebook.com and participate at events like IUP Day and the English department’s conference.
This might not be the case next year, however, as the Co-op Board recently decided that NGAR doesn’t warrant funding. According to a Facebook post by NGAR’s adviser and English professor Dr. Chauna Craig on March 14, the funding was denied on the grounds that NGAR should go online and that none of the board members had seen the magazine in the last year.
“One of the Co-op’s Finance Committee’s justification for denying the budget is that the student members of that board had never seen the magazine,” Craig said in an email interview.
Last year, copies were provided to the library and The Artists Hand and were distributed in the Honors College, The Commonplace Coffeehouse, and Leonard and Sprowls halls.
The magazine was requesting funds within the $4,000 range, according to Craig.
The failure of the board members to get the magazine may represent a failure on their part to stay updated with one of the most significant products of IUP’s artistic community.
The board is trying to defund the 34th volume of a print publication that is rooted in IUP’s history as much as it is representative of the works of students. The magazine’s organizers will appeal on the grounds that an online medium won’t capture the content as effectively as print.
Some traditions must fall to the technological progression that our culture engages in, but to see print artistic collaborative works fall away due to arbitrary funding issues doesn’t seem like progression at all.
As a print publication, we at The Penn support NGAR in its appeal of the budget denial Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Knowlton Board Room.
If you want to help support NGAR with its attempts to remain a print publication, sign the online petition at: ipetitions.com/petition/keep-ngar-in-print.