Effective January 15th, 2019, The Ark Magazine will cease regular business activity. Although it has been a fantastic year for the publication and for the community, 2018 heralded events for owner and publisher Jamie Wolkenbreit that precluded his ability to continue to organize and grow the Ark Magazine.
“It has been a great pleasure to participate in the Ark Valley community in such an active way over the past two years, and I really want to thank everyone for letting me do so,” said Wolkenbreit. “The Magazine has allowed us to formulate several strategies for supporting the arts, the culture and the creative economy of this Colorado neighborhood. I hope to continue the nurturing collaborations I’ve had with many of our staff, story subjects and customers. It is my dream to find some special people to whom to pass this torch, so the idea of a lively, local cultural medium can continue. I’m simply the wrong guy for this job right now, I am sorry to say.”
The Ark Magazine may someday return in print, and the website space will be retained for further projects. The Ark Valley Event Calendar will be put on a hiatus, with the hope of a future return. The remaining contracted advertisers of the magazine are being contacted by Wolkenbreit for refunds.
Wolkenbreit would like to recognize Colorado Central Magazine at cozine.com, which has been doing a fantastic job with long-form cultural reporting.” For free news and great reporting, we have also been so lucky to have the Ark Valley Voice at arkvalleyvoice.com arrive this past year. They have been so nice in referring to us for cultural and arts content, and I hope they might consider hosting that type of content online in our absence.”
He also feels that the local subscription newspapers have improved their calendars and cultural reporting significantly since the Ark Magazine has been in print. “Arkansas Valley Publishing has improved their free publication, ‘The Mountain Guide’ to give some great insights on local events, and they have made issues available in yellow free boxes all over the valley,” Wolkenbreit recommended. “’The Mountain Mail’ has even updated their website at themountainmail.com to be more readable. The valley, however, is still without a detailed and responsive event calendar, which is kind of what got us started in the first place,” he notes. “I hope that someday soon we can resume our calendar activities or discuss providing them to another organization so that folks won’t have to work so hard to discover the multitude of wonderful things there are to see and do around here.”
For now, Wolkenbreit would refer people to local venues which keep updated websites on their offerings, as well as the three chambers of commerce, and to the arts organizations with websites. “If you spend a few weeks of Facebook ‘liking’ all the businesses and organizations in the area that interest you, you can still get a fairly detailed view of local activities… and a Facebook events search will turn up some pretty great stuff if you are ok with being online. “Of course, a quick jog up and down our main streets to look at flyers in windows is much better cardio,” he quipped.
Wolkenbreit invites any comments and questions at his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.