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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Consider this when donating art

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Study of older artists

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Artist helping pandas and earthquake victims in China

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Arts-centric businesses growing

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Deep Thought Thursday: Art in the evolutionary process

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An artist in the holiday spirit

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CERF Responds to California Wildfires

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How are you celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month?

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Does an artist have a responsibility to the community?

In response to my recent post about the Christoph Büchel/MASS MoCA brouhaha, Joshua Field commented:

As an artist living in North Adams, MA , the town where MASS MoCA is located (I am in no way affiliated with the museum), I think it is important to note a crucial component missing from the dialog and that is the responsibility of the museum and the artist to the community in which they are working. MASS MoCA was built as an economic driver in a struggling mill town that had lost its core industry. The idea was always to try to revitalize the local economy through culture. Buchel has demonstrated a penchant for pranks that question the art business (in 2002 he sold his invite to Manifesta for $15,000 on ebay) and apparently has no regard for the working class people of this region who rely on the

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