Artists are amazingly generous with their time and talents. You are among the first to respond to a disaster and to help out those in need. You give full out with our heart.
Here are a few recent philanthropy feats from artists that I’d like to acknowledge.
Photographer Larry Lourcey raised money to pay for 16 surgeries for kids to correct cleft palates and other facial deformities.
Larry offered “mini” photo-shoots (portraits) for a small donation of $24 per shoot and set aside one day for the event.
Ten scheduled mini-shoots could pay for one surgery (just $240!).
If my math is right, this means Larry took at least 160 photos that day!
Moved by the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut last December, Angeli Petrocco-Coover made 26 mixed-media pieces to give to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.
She took special care to see that each one reflected the individual personality of the child or school administrator.
Angeli is now selling greeting cards based on those collages to raise money for Sandy Hook Promise.
You can see each work read about the life of the person it honors on this page.
Relief for Moore, Oklahoma
As a native Okie, this one really hits home and I tear up every time I think about all of the good people in the Sooner State.
Oklahomans for the Arts, Inc. has assembled a page for arts fundraisers to support the victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore. Here are a few on the list.
Bella Vita Jewelry has designed a special necklace with all profits going to relief funds.
Liz Cooke is selling a screen-printed, hand-drawn map of Oklahoma for a suggested donation of $10. Benefits go to American Red Cross.
Tony Grider donated all proceeds from 1-week sale of fine photography prints.
Contemporary Art Gallery artists Kim Pagonis, Carol Shanahan, Kay Wall and Verna Fuller are offering 50% of art sales towards the relief effort/organization of their choice.
Tree & Leaf and The Okay See have collaborated to design a special t-shirt with all proceeds going to tornado relief. As I was checking up on it, they have sold out and raised $20,000 to donate to the Regional Food Bank.
Shop Good/Blue Seven/STASH offers the Benefit Tee for Moore Tornado Relief. As of this writing, they have raised over $10,000 for the American Red Cross.
Laura Reese is making disaster relief letterpress postcards for a $10 donation to Red Cross.
Spencer Tracy is donating 50% of all sales to the Red Cross.
Katelynn Knick is donating all proceeds from prints sold to support the Moore community.
Give them a hand! And, if you feel moved, tell us about your fundraising and giving in a comment below.