Highlighting work by artists ages 15 and under, collaborations between generations, and interactive sections, Mishou acknowledges the importance of early childhood education and aims to validate children’s identities as individuals and artists. Mishou Magazine is co-published by Dizzy Books and Children’s Museum of the Arts.
Dear Dizzy Readers,
Hi! My name is Milah and I started Mishou Magazine. Mishou (pronounced me-shoo) was the name of my mom’s cat that she had before I was born and into my early childhood. Mishou was a brown, black, white and grey tabby with long white whiskers and big green eyes. She was very cuddly and loved to sleep in the sun. I decided to name this magazine after her because she was so fun, which is what I hope you will have when you read and interact with it! In 2017, I made Dizzy Magazine, an art magazine for people of all ages and backgrounds. Dizzy was the name of my family’s calico cat when I was growing up! She was very feisty, and would sometimes grab at our feet when we walked up and down the stairs. Dizzy was younger than Mishou, and she acted like a little sister, wanting to play all the time.
In Dizzy Magazine we have a 12 and Under section, which features a different young artist’s work in each issue. Expanding upon this piece of the Dizzy puzzle, Mishou is a new magazine focused even more on youth, and specifically collaborations between people of all ages.
Since the pandemic started, we have had to find new ways to learn and play. With so much of our lives happening on the computer, a lot of us haven’t been able to see people in the way we used to. Even though these changes have been challenging, humans have a great ability to adapt. It is clear that kids are among the most open and flexible with change. Grown-ups can learn a lot from kids!
This magazine is a paper-y space where you can take a break from your screens, and still connect with people all around the world, through art! Everything you see on these pages was created by artists ranging from ages 3 to 42. Each person, no matter their age, has a unique way of expressing themselves. This happens naturally, because we all have our own stories to tell! Through art we can see pieces of ourselves in other people, which I find comforting and validating. It is our goal to show you lots of different ways that people can be creative.
Whether you are looking at this magazine by yourself, with a friend, teacher, or family member, we hope to take you on an exciting, colorful journey through all different kinds of art and artmakers. Don’t forget, Mishou Magazine was made for YOU!
Along with the pandemic dramatically changing how the world approaches education and play, there is also an incredible movement advocating for diverse voices that promote positive change and action against the systemic and historical oppression of BIPOC, trans-folx, and other marginalized and mistreated communities. The younger generation is leading by example, and must be supported, valued, and taken seriously.
As we make art publications, we feel it is critical to acknowledge the importance of early childhood education and validate children’s identities as individuals and artists. We hope to aid in visible diversity and inclusivity, socio-political awareness, and exposure to the art world in an accessible way for children.
Support Mishou Magazine
Mishou is made possible by donations. Please consider supporting Mishou! All donations are 100% tax-deductible. You can follow instructions to donate here. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Dizzy is a magazine publisher focusing on bridging the gap between artists of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of exposure. We feel it is important to eliminate the emphasis on these differences, while still celebrating the artists’ identities. Dizzy Magazine is an annual journal curated by Milah Libin. It includes in-depth conversations with artists, as well as sections like our “Pet Page” to engage readers of all ages. We approach every issue of our magazines with the hope that they are something you’ll want to put on your bookshelf, and come back to, rather than being a disposable news source. Dizzy works to represent artists in the way they want to be seen, while creating accessible content to be enjoyed by everyone!
Solveig Fernlund Design
Paul Cameron and Laura Stabilini
Picture Room & Salter House