Educate Those Who Ask for Donations of Your Art

Fiona Purdy offers a solution to artists who are bombarded with requests for donations. She shares a letter she wrote recently in response to a donation request – a letter that educates the fundraisers.

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6 Limits for Donating Artwork

Kristina Bell DiTullo, Affect/Effect I (detail). Sheer and clear adhesive bandages on clear plastic shower curtain.

You cannot possibly donate to every organization in need, so consider and set your donating limits now to have your response ready when receiving these inquiries.

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Collaborate & Advocate on Behalf of Your Art

Janice McDonald’s Budding (collage) is projected as a backdrop during Patricia Renzetti’s “Reflections” ballet in Denver. Photo by Rachel Graham.

I encourage you to stop and think about what it means to be part of a worldwide community of artists.

Really. Stop now. Think about it.

Even if the proclamation of National Arts & Humanities Month (October) is for the U.S., we know that national boundaries are fuzzier because of the Internet. We feel a kinship with artists around the globe.

I ask you to spend time this month on these two actions: collaborating and advocating.

Since this is the Art Biz Blog, let’s look at how this applies to your marketing.


Trade postal support with another artist.

Contact someone whose work you admire

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Advice for Local Arts Agencies

Kate Ruddle

Artists are what defines any arts agency, be it an arts council, commission, or board. Artists are the reason you exist. Artists can be your best advocates or your biggest critics. To ensure the artists are on your side . . .

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5 Reasons to Join and Be Active in an Artist Organization

Except for the few artists who have reached the level of success that enables requires help from assistants to keep up with the demand for their work, we artists are a lonely bunch. Solitude is good for creativity, but only up to a point. Community, education, critique, support, and inspiration are good for our work and our psyches.

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They did what with your postcards?!

You can’t control what people do with the marketing material you hand out, but you can control how you respond when someone does something shocking with your images. Before you assume anything, ask questions and get the facts. Only when you’re armed with answers can you respond appropriately. You’re aiming for a win/win situation.

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Sunday (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?

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Letter for responding to donation requests

Post the charities you support on your website and have a letter ready for when you are asked to donate your art. Artist Alicia Leeke shares her standard letter in this post.

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Artist Salons: 6 elements for a thriving group, part 2

The final three elements you need for a thriving artist salon are Location, Regularity, and Conversation. Check out this post for details and guidelines for all three (and a link to the first three).

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Artist Salons: 6 elements for a thriving group, part 1

Any artist can start a group, but how can you ensure it will thrive? How can you make it worth the members’ time? There are 6 elements for a thriving artist salon. I give you the first three in this post: Organizer, Vision, and Members.

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