It's a change of pace from the previous post of my ranting about art theft (Why is it that you get so much more response to gripes and rants on social media in general...? Well, I have a pretty good idea why, but I'm always amazed at the spike in attention that these types of posts receive.). Today, I get to talk about doing something good with my art, in my humble attempt at contributing for a good cause.
Really, nothing is more empowering than running a fundraiser where I can offer my art as a small incentive to donate to a worthy cause. The power to create something from nothing is always at our disposal as artists, but the power to create so you can give to a cause is really special. It took a comment from my own child pointing this out for me to stop what I was doing ( = feeling busy and almost overwhelmed handling the donations and dispatching images via email) and let it sink in.
|"Slow Loris Sprite" digi. This is a gift with donation of any amount.|
With two challenge blogs and a showcase blog, staying on top of everything can be a little challenging for one person with more than a slight tendency for disorganization. Still, I try by having a wall calendar and a large appointment book and having everything written down. That seems to be working to help me stay on top of things. "Staying on top" simply means that I meet the deadlines - most of the time, barely. Sometimes I wonder if I'm taking on too much and giving myself grey hair and too much grief and stress. But you know what they say about idle hands and idle minds...
|"Slow Loris in Leaves" digi. Additional gift with donation of $10 USD or more.|
Please support the fabulous AW designers by visiting this awesome showcase we just had to kick off the fundraiser.
|Sample collage 1 (clockwise from top left : Debbie Pamment, Sara Pyper, Debra Shaw, Jan Thompson, Gloria Palmer-Steiger, Julie Reed)|
I am looking forward to seeing the projects and colorings made by the donors who received the images. We already have 2 entries into the color & craft contest at our FB group at the time of writing. Each card, each coloring done, and each post on social media and blog will start another round of ripples of energy to spread the word. Fundraisers like this one that involve and encourage creativity on organizers as well as donors, I think, are really fantastic for that reason. Monetary donations are most appreciated and helpful, but the additional creative efforts contribute so much, too, in terms of introducing more people to these animals, and increasing awareness of the need for their conservation.
|Sample collage 2 (clockwise from top left: RoRa, Donna Mundinger, Silvia Sencaka, Marion Lones, Cristena Bagne, Karola Geiger)|
I guess the warm fuzzy feeling an event like this gives me is the sense of community coming together. I do my small part of contributing the images and organizing the fundraiser, but the donors and other supporters are actively involved and playing vital parts that contribute to the growth of a movement. In the end, a simple seed of an idea becomes a much bigger entity, like a healthy, fast-growing tree. It is a thrill to see it all unfold - by the numbers growing on the total amount raised, by the pictures of entries posted into the contest, and all the buzz!! Thank you, my AW designers, for helping make it a success!!
My latest update reported a fundraiser total of $452 USD, which is 90.4% of our original goal. If this keeps up, I'll have to add a reward for topping the goal. Wouldn't that be great?