Hi friends! I wanted to make a post explaining this artwork donation program I have initiated, both to make the idea clearer in my own head and for you. I would also love your input at the end of this post of a good descriptive name to call this as I am unsure whether 'Art Donation Program' is suitable.
THE IDEA IN A FEW WORDS
Each month my Patrons can nominate a sanctuary or an organization that I will create and donate artwork to. This artwork can be used to raise awareness + funds for the cause and is 100% sponsored by my Patrons.
WHY I DO THIS?
Sanctuaries and non-profit organizations often don't have a big budget for creative work and yet it's a fundamental part of keeping a charity running. As an artivist I would love to dedicate my time and art to support causes and other people who are doing amazing work, but I also need to earn an income from my art. That's where my Patrons come in. You can subscribe to my Patreon community to gain access to some exclusive content + be a part of the Artwork Donation Program.
This idea came to my mind when I recognized this problem of non-profits not being able to afford my rates and could therefore not buy commission work from me. It's important to me to value my work and my time so I always had to turn down non-paying projects but I felt such a strong urge to create artwork for these hard-working people. So I came up with the idea to build my Patreon community of like-minded people who want to support and sponsor me in creating artwork for these causes, allowing smaller non-profits to benefit from custom made artwork and allowing me to create for them without letting go of my value of getting paid for my work. So with each of your monthly contribution, I can put that towards an illustration that will be donated to a cause of your choice each month 💛
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The causes that I want to support must be related to animal liberation, social justice, LGBTQ+ rights or ocean health in some way. I will only consider small organizations that don't already have a large following and a big budget for marketing. Some examples of the previous Patron sponsored artwork were created for Oddman Inn - a US-based animal sanctuary, Dogs of Delhi - a spay & neuter initiative for street animals in India and Shark Conservation Australia - an Australian based organization dedicated to the welfare, protection and conservation of shark species worldwide.
I hope this clears it up for anyone who had some questions about this. If there are still some uncertainties you can leave a comment or send me a message 😊 Lastly, I would really appreciate some help with a catchy + descriptive term for this program. I put some of my own ideas in the poll below but if you have any other better ideas feel free to leave them in the comments! Any help is much appreciated 🤗
Art donation program
Patron sponsored artwork
Styngvi's montly charity illustration
Other - please leave your suggestion in the comments!