was a quarterly arts magazine
founded in 1978 and published until 1997. Its editorial mission was to provide support and a critical context for new, innovative and unrecognized work in the arts.
During its publication, High Performance
was a leader in viewing the arts in the larger context of contemporary life, examining how the arts contribute in addressing social and cultural concerns, and also how those concerns impact the arts. In 1994, High Performance
received the Alternative Press Award
for Cultural Coverage from the Utne Reader
, and was nominated three other times for the same award.
Editors and publishers
Linda Frye Burnham served as the magazine's founding editor from 1978 to 1985. Steven Durland was the editor from 1986 to the present. From 1983 to 1995, High Performance
was published by Astro Artz (renamed 18th Street Arts Complex
in 1990). In July 1995, High Performance was acquired by Art in the Public Interest
(API), a new organization formed by Burnham and Durland to research and develop information about artists collaborating with their communities. After a brief hiatus, the magazine renewed publication in early 1996 and published five more issues, but rising costs and an inability to garner needed stabilization funding forced API to cease publication in 1997.
In 1999, Burnham and Durland initiated the Community Arts Network
on the Web. Much of the content from High Performance is available on that site.