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Nov 27, 2023

Hey, hi,

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday, a one-day worldwide event developed to support non-profits. These organizations operate to better our communities through  their missions. We hope that you consider financialy supporting the non-profits that do work in your community–and would be so appreciative if fsm. was one of the ones you donated towards. If you decide to, you can support us through this link to our givebutter page.

“Writing for fsm. kept me impassioned to think and write locally. In an accelerating digital world, open-minded magazines like fsm. remind me that embracing the here-and-now of a community like the Fox Valley keeps culture from becoming cheap and monolithic. A periodical like fsm. is not just a quaint memento, but a necessary way to preserve history and enliven community.” –Miri Villerius

Started in 2020, and then gaining 501(c)(3) status in 2023, fsm. is an independent Northeast Wisconsin print journal dedicated to creating space for long-form writing and critical reviews on artistic and social concerns. Access and equity are important elements to our mission as a non-profit, and believe that the open sharing of content has the power to start dialogue and create change. And, because of that, we distribute 9,000 free copies of our journal, each year, to seven counties in NE Wisconsin. fsm. has partnered with other non-profits to develop artististic skills in community youth, and we are looking forward to expanding our programming in 2024.

fsm. invigorates the artful community in our corner of the world. As I have written more, I am drawn to the Fox River Valley region’s correspondence to the work I create. The journal equitably celebrates these spaces we inhabit on the day-to-day without blocking access. To say I am deeply thankful for fsm. is an understatement!” –Billy Greene

To date, we have shared the voice of 135 contributers (listed below). We operate as a volunteer board, and have recently received a grant to hire our first limited-part-time employee. Our primary expenses are paying our contributors and for the printing costs of the journal. Participating in #GivingTuesday on behalf of fsm. is an investment in the strength of our creative community, and we humbly ask for your donation.

In art and action,

Cristian Andersson, Emily Bowles, Miriam Brabham, Loren Kiyoshi Dempster, Logan Lamers, Vered Meltzer, and Rovell Stewart, Board Members. Megan Pepin, Communication Coordinator and Emily Rose Petermann, Events Editor

fsm. has such a broad impact, our mission is meaningful to so many different people in so many different ways. fsm. builds community and helps the arts thrive.” –Vered Meltzer

Contributors to fsm., as of November 2023:

Cristian Andersson

I'm a painter and performance artist working out of Appleton, Wisconsin. In 2020 I co-created fsm., and am the acting editor-in-chief.