Hi everyone! We hope you're all finding peace and love at this year's end. Raise Karma here to announce an incredible new project we've been working on. Sonder: 2020 Year In Review is part yearbook, part journal, all art, all heart. Our first print publication is a one-time journal that contends with the countless effects coronavirus wrought on creativity, at once wrenching and invigorating.
'Sonder' itself is a rather young word which means "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own." What is art if not an expression of this -- gorgeous proof that this fact is true eight billion times over. 'Sonder' itself is why I write -- first to fulfill my insatiable urge to explore and articulate every minute crevasse of my own little universe, and then to be of service in helping others do the same. To a degree, one could argue that sonder manifests in every creative endeavor.
The coronavirus pandemic itself exists eight billion times over in the experience of each individual who lived through it. Again, artists document this mind-boggling fact, each in their own voice, their own style. Sonder considers the question from every angle, centering around three essays from three emerging writers of our time: one focused on the pandemic's impact on creativity through the lens of the intellectual mind, then through the body, and finally the spirit. A student of spirituality will offer their insights. A world-renowned curator discusses the importance of serving as an ally to artists through the pandemic and beyond.
Of course, this year spawned Raise Karma's creation, a joyous event for everyone involved here with yours truly. Sonder also celebrates the accomplishments of our first year, and the artists who participated in our first season residency. But enough about us! We want this project to be as participatory as possible. Like any yearbook worth its salt, we're featuring superlatives that highlight those artists that showed up and showed out this year. So please give us your nominations, then your votes, and stay tuned for more details to come!