Is there such a thing as originality?

Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. -Jim Jarmusch. Read the entire quote and discuss.

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Give Away Your Art ???

How can you increase sales by giving away your art for free? Follow David Castle’s example to learn one key aspect regarding how free art can lure people in the door and lead to sales.

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Art Bartering <- Deep Thought Thursday

Sometimes it’s great to trade your art for a service or other product. Then there are the times when you don’t really want what the other person is offering. How do you tell someone that you’d rather be paid with money?

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Ask for sponsorship

There may come a time when you need to ask someone for a donation or in-kind gift.

Let’s say you’d like someone to sponsor an art opening for your organization. [ Side note: It’s easier to get sponsorship for larger, nonprofit organizations than for individual artists because (1) it’s a tax deduction for the donor and (2) more people show up at the events. ]

Erin Casey, Grace After a Windstorm. Porcelain. ©The Artist

Your first step is to get clear about what–EXACTLY–you want and need. You won’t get far with a vague request such as “We’ll take whatever you can give.” That’s not helpful to anyone. You must be specific that you need X amount, whether it’s cash or in-kind. An in-kind donation is a gift of goods or services (e.g. printing, advertising, food, beverages, live music) in place of cash. You might not get X, but you need to

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