I'm giving paintings away in exchange for donations to people's favorite charities.
December 8, 2020 12:49 PM   Subscribe

I'm giving paintings away in exchange for donations to people's favorite charities.
I have created the Art Into the World website to: A) Get my paintings out into the world for people to enjoy, and B) Motivate them to donate to a cause of their choice in the process! Everybody wins!

I’ve been making art in one form or another for a good chunk of my 60 years, and have long since realized I’m not in in it for the money (as if there were any). In fact, I have no desire to make money from my works… but I would like them to do some good in the world. So I concocted Art Into The World...

Each week, 1 or 2 paintings go up for auction. I honestly don’t care if they go for $10 or $10,000. I want everyone to have a shot at a painting they want.

When people make a “donation bid” for a painting, they are actually bidding the amount they will DONATE TO THE CHARITY OF THEIR CHOICE... not how much they think the painting is worth. That’s how they acquire the painting.

When someone's donation wins the weekly auction, they make the donation, send me the receipt, and I send the painting (free, and postage paid)! That’s it! Easy peasy.

Participants can also send a photo of the piece in their home or wherever it hangs, and I’ll put it in the “Paintings in the World” section of the site.

So far it's working well! I would love your comments, suggestions... and participation.
Role: originator, designer, artist, administrator
posted by ecorrocio (11 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I love this and I love your art. I've joined the email list and will look for a painting that calls to me to bid on. Thank you for doing this!
posted by QuakerMel at 1:05 PM on December 8, 2020

Thanks QuakerMel!
posted by ecorrocio at 2:15 PM on December 8, 2020

Also joined the email list.
posted by kathrynm at 4:29 PM on December 8, 2020

This is so, so lovely. Your paintings are great, what a fantastic project!
posted by freya_lamb at 8:24 AM on December 10, 2020

I like the art.
posted by amtho at 10:10 AM on December 10, 2020

Love this, signed up for email
posted by one4themoment at 6:34 AM on December 12, 2020

You should list this in the Metafilter Mall.
posted by aniola at 10:21 AM on December 13, 2020 [2 favorites]

This is super great -- and we're also neighbors! I've added my email to your list!
posted by mochapickle at 7:03 PM on December 13, 2020

(Also I love Red Moon Rabbit)
posted by mochapickle at 7:04 PM on December 13, 2020

This is amazing. Well done.
posted by Pecinpah at 1:25 PM on December 16, 2020

Thank you all for the lovely comments!

Gotanda: how did I come up with it? Well... just did.Once I realized I could do other things with my artworks - besides selling - it was just a matter of working out how. I think the hardest part is convincing people it’s OK not to put a value on the artwork - that the value is in their donation. So far I’ve had donations go out ranging from $40 to $1000 ... so it’s starting to be clear, I think.
posted by ecorrocio at 7:30 AM on December 18, 2020

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