From the Vault: Donating your art

This is the weekly feature where I group things together for you and highlight the best of the Art Biz Blog, the Art Marketing Action newsletter, and my products. Today, it’s about donating your art.

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Deep Thought Thursday: Organizations

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Podcast: Nurture your community

Community is different from audience–and more valuable to you. Listen to find out why.

 

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Don’t miss my video Affirmations for Artists. Positive messages for artists in today’s economy

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Nurture your community

When we think about creating, we usually consider it to be a one-way conversation: the creator speaks, writes, paints, sculpts, dances, etc. and we listen, read, or view. But as a former museum educator, I have always believed that the viewer (or consumer) completes every work of art. Each person who views and shares an artwork adds a new layer of meaning to that work. You, as the artist, can decide whether or not the interpretations are valid, but once you put your art out in the world, you have relinquished total control over it.

Just like a blog, your art is the start of a conversation. If you had only an audience, you would talk at the audience, they would listen, and then they would go home. Picture an audience. Everyone is facing one way. They don’t see anyone’s face other than those sitting or standing next to them and that of the

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Donating art to a favorite cause

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Arts in education study proves what some of us already knew

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October 25 is International Artist Day

October 25 has been declared International Artist Day by a group of artists who thought wisely that artists needed their own special day. Not coincidentally, it’s also Picasso’s birthday. Is it on your calendar? How will you celebrate? Here are some suggestions they give you on their Web site.

1. Have the Mayor of your city proclaim this day, October 25th, as International Artist Day every year.

2. For a visual exposure have your local media film an interview and do an article about the Artist(s) in your area.

3. Have businesses sponsor an Artist by purchasing a painting for their lobby, or hosting a show.

4. Treat your favorite Artist to lunch or dinner.

5. With so much up and coming new talent out there, why not help sponsor an emerging artist, through a weekend workshop or fundraiser.

6. Advertise International Artist Day by downloading our logo

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Donation schmomation

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Podcast: Donate your art prudently

You can’t give to every good cause. Set your parameters.

 

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Personal note on philanthropy

Philanthropy is in my blood. It seems as though I was born asking people for money. My mother, when younger, was one of those people who volunteered for everything. Not only that, but she volunteered me for everything. I went door-to-door (in the days when people did this) asking for donations to UNICEF, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Leukemia, and more. Do people hand over their money more readily when a cute 8-year-old in blond pigtails is knocking at the door?

As a museum curator, I learned to raise my own money for the exhibitions I wanted to have in the museum. I wrote grants and asked for cash and in-kind donations from individuals and businesses. Around that same time, I volunteered to chair a big fundraiser for an organization that cared for people living with AIDS.

It’s not easy to ask for money. But it gets easier when it’s for a cause that you believe

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