Last Contact with Michelle May, co-founder of Juniper Rag

Michelle May has hosted Cirque du Noir in Worcester for a lot more than a…

Michelle May has hosted Cirque du Noir in Worcester for a lot more than a ten years — highlighting the city’s arts and society scene. When the pandemic compelled her to cancel two yrs in a row, she understood she desired to do anything more than at the time a year to expose people today to facets of Worcester society they would not normally uncover. And so, Juniper Rag was born. May well sat down with Previous Phone to go over the objectives and scope of the quarterly arts journal. 

What is Juniper Rag’s mission assertion and how did it come about?

I needed to expose artists all around, not just New England. The boiled-down mission is to display the culture that I see each individual day with these remarkable artists to folks all in excess of. Other than that, I’m genuinely influenced by the success that people have in producing firms from a inventive standpoint. It is not an straightforward enterprise to generate a organization if you’re an artist and make ample income to are living on. I have a ton of people today in my environment who have turn into designers and these types of — so I want to feature persons that have turned their appreciate of art into a pretty worthwhile career. Artists can have a tricky time internet marketing on their own so I want Juniper Rag to be a catalyst to market place them — celebrate them.

Are you still likely to be undertaking Cirque du Noir?

Not sure this year with COVID, centered on the simple fact that no just one knows what is likely to occur in the drop. Form of participating in it by ear but I would like to do something. 

A copy of Juniper Rag on display at Bedlam Books in Worcester.

How did you assemble the Juniper Rag staff?

I have a style small business, Atelier World, so with this yr getting entirely ridiculous for the reason that of COVID, I made a decision I necessary to put my power somewhere since I was having so spun up staying isolated. I actually wanted to faucet into the electrical power I was obtaining from artists on line and produce a pathway for them. The staff is my partner from Atelier and myself, and we have an intern who’s been supporting us a couple days a 7 days. I offered the notion to my associate, and with each other we loved the idea and just dove in.