Catching Up With Happy Valley Launchbox Graduate Maake MagazineMaake isn’t like other art magazines. Since its inception in 2016, Maake provides a platform for emerging artists through introspective and beautifully printed imagery. With thoughtful curation and readership that grows on a daily basis, Maake is for artists and non-artists alike, and captures the extraordinary spirit of the arts community. More importantly, Maake is a way to get noticed.

Emily Burns, Founding Editor of Maake continues on their success.

“It’s thrilling to hear that inclusion in the magazine has helped artists meet a curator, get a show, meet a friend or have a great studio visit. So many meaningful connections have been brought to life through the channels of the web, social media and print via Maake.”

Burns, an accomplished artist herself, knows the importance of exposing people to art. Along with a team of dedicated individuals, this drive is the force behind Maake.

One connection that was helpful in Maake’s success was teaming up with Happy Valley Launchbox last year. There are details to consider when starting a new business or project, and Launchbox was able to provide Maake with not only legal advice, but also connected them with other like-minded individuals.

Burns remarks on the importance of Launchbox in their initial stages.

“We appreciated the support and the open forum where we could learn from other startups, explore new distribution avenues and get helpful feedback both from experienced entrepreneurs and people just getting started.”

Where is Maake going next? As of this past year, they are in nine retail locations worldwide, and are working on their fifth issue for this fall. Over 100 artists have been interviewed and can be accessed for free on their website. Burns realizes this isn’t just a magazine, it’s growing into a larger platform that interacts with the community at large in exciting ways. For instance, there's the recently-added section, Artist-Run.

“Artist-Run is where we talk with artists who have spearheaded different projects that support the arts in their communities. These projects include galleries, workshops, residencies, podcasts, magazines, blogs, project spaces and more. Its incredible what artists are doing to support each other, and we are excited to share these stories.”

New ideas are what make Maake so special, and continued success is in the future for such an exciting magazine.