University of Arkansas Press to Publish Open-Access Journal

Adrienne Callander
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Adrienne Callander

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Press has announced the acquisition of Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. It is the first open access initiative by the press.

First published in 2012, Artivate publishes original peer-reviewed scholarship that engages with arts entrepreneurship. From 2015-2018, Artivate was published by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.

The current co-editors are Paul Bonin-Rodriguez (University of Texas at Austin) and Neville Vakharia (Drexel University). Linda Essig (California State University, Los Angeles), founding publisher and editor, continues to serve on the editorial board. Adrienne Callander, an assistant professor of arts entrepreneurship cross-appointed in the School of Art at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and the Sam M. Walton College of Business, has joined the Artivate editorial board.

The editors are particularly interested in articles that actively link theory with practice in ways that will be of interest and impact to the broad cross-section of the journal’s readership. The current issue features articles addressing relevant theoretical and practical aspects of arts entrepreneurship such as blockchain technology, the creation of socially engaged artwork, organizational strategy, and the impact of arts entrepreneurship on local economies. It includes a review of Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain, a series of essays exploring how this new technology proposes to affect artists and arts entrepreneurs. This review was written by Marc Ethan Mitchell, associate professor of art at the University of Arkansas. Callander has an article in the issue titled “Artmaking as Entrepreneurship: Effectuation and Emanicpation in Artwork Formation.”

The journal currently has a call out for its Winter 2020 issue, a special issue highlighting the role of arts entrepreneurship in Detroit’s cultural renaissance.

New issues of Artivate as well as back issues are available at and will be available in the near future on JSTOR. Two issues are published each year, in the summer and winter.

Publication of the journal is funded by the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. The press gratefully acknowledges Matthew Waller, dean of Walton College, and Todd Shields, dean of Fulbright College, for supporting this collaborative and interdisciplinary initiative.

About the University of Arkansas Press: The University of Arkansas Press advances the mission of the University of Arkansas by publishing peer-reviewed scholarship and literature of enduring value. The Press publishes books by authors of diverse backgrounds writing for specialty as well as general audiences in Arkansas and throughout the world.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 3% of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


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