To those who heart art and believe that it can make a difference:
It's been awhile since the last time I called for you to submit your art and give each other input and support one another, because, well, that's what we're here for, right? :)
The economy is murder, and arts nonprofits are being hit harder than most. So let's do something about it.
I've decided to ask you all for your input on a new beneficiary for the Save a Starving Artist Cause. Once we figure out what beneficiary to change it to, I'll set a fundraising goal and if we each donate $10, that's an inspiring amount that adds up exponentially! We are over 12,000 strong.
I'm tired of not being able to get friends to donate to arts nonprofits over say, health-based nonprofits for kids with cancer (also super important, but more time-sensitive for sure) just because it doesn't have the same urgency.
The Rotating Beneficiary Plan:
We will devote two-three months to try and reach a fundraising goal for the nonprofit that the community chooses. We will build a direct relationship with them so that we know our efforts are making a tangible difference and they can give us input on what they're doing and give us connections we need to stay sustainable and promote our work/keep at it. After the three months, a new beneficiary will be picked and we'll set a new fundraising goal based on what the nonprofit needs/what's possible.
I am working on getting Country Club Chicago (http://countryclubchicago.com/wp/), an inspiring collective of artists who are determined to make the world a more beautiful, though-provoking place, as a beneficiary. Check out their website and let me know what you think about supporting them. Members pay dues in order to pay the lease on the space and there's a silkscreening/tool shop downstairs. They also sell prints on Etsy, so check it out (I'll post the link to the cause) and stage gallery shows pretty often. They are renegade and awesome artists with day jobs.
If you know of a local/national arts nonprofit that actually helps artists directly, post your nomination to the list after searching for them in the beneficiary database of Causes and making sure they're there. In two sentences, explain what the nonprofit does and where the money goes, and why we should support them with the few dollars we can afford to give.
This is your mission, should you choose to accept it. I'm in -- who's with me? The impossible just takes longer.
You can feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com if you have any questions or want to brainstorm or ask for a connection that I may be able to procure, too. And if you know of any jobs for artists/designers/creative types, definitely POST them to our cause.
P.S. Taking calls for volunteers who wants to help administer this cause, as I am currently funemployed and searching for a new job full-time in Chicago/SF/Austin/wherever I can go. Let me know, and I'll add you, okay?