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The Good Fight: Art Abandonment, A New Form of Paying It Forward

As I have said before, it is always great to find other people fighting the good fight. Check out this great find by our creative cousin over at Free Penny Press (the founder of Take It To The Street Poetry):

 

Art Abandonment= Great Idea

Many of you may know of the Poetry/Art gig that I run, “take-it-to-the-street-poetry”. I collect, edit & publish poetry zines that are printed off by people around the globe to be given away for free. I love the concept of sharing words with others at no cost to either person.

I have found our sister group, the “Art Abandonment” organization. Same premise, make some art and then take it out into your town or wherever and leave it for some unsuspecting person to find. How wonderful is that to happen upon a piece of art and it is yours, for FREE. How wonderful to be the artist freely sharing their art, for FREE.

The organizer of this group, Michael deMeng has a few thoughts about why he feels this group is important:

“I think it’s important to be able let one’s art live a life beyond its creator. I love imagining what becomes of my art after it is gone…whether given or sold.
Some folks can’t seem to let go of their work…even when they sell it.
This is a great way to learn to move on.
It’s also a way sharing work with an unsuspecting patron. In this day and age when money is tight, this is a way of encouraging folks to stay involved in the arts.
This is good for the soul. A random kind act. You’ll find it’s a bit addictive…and fun.”

If you are an artist, budding artist or simply someone that’s likes to doodle, I encourage you to get involved with this group and let’s help keep Art alive in our world.

http://michaeldemeng.typepad.com/art_abandonment/2012/06/art-abandonment.html

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtAbandonment/ (This is an “Open to the Public” group, so join)

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Project Create strongly encourages artists from all walks of life to partake in Art Abandonment! What do you think?

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A Quick Update

Summer is here!!! Yay!!!

I know it has been awhile since Project Create has put up a post, but fret not, we are still moving forward.  As the summer progresses, I am finishing up work here in Chicago and getting ready to make the move to New Orleans in less than 3 weeks!!!

Here is a quick update on where Project Create is:

Now that we are incorporated in Louisiana and have our Employee Identification Number, I am currently (as in writing this post is a break during) filling out my application for our 501(c)3 tax exempt status.  This puppy is HUGE, and it really takes a lot of planning and preparation. I did not start working on it today, and I will not finish everything for at least another week or so. I do not suggest finishing it in one sitting.

If I can complete the application accurately the first time around, I should receive a response in about 60 days. This is a much better option than hastily submitting and having my application either rejected completely or assigned to an Exempt Organization Specialist. An EO Specialist is generally a helpful case worker who will further scrutinize my application and help me complete it more accurately. However, the timeline for approval increases dramatically if an EO Specialist is assigned, so I would like to avoid that altogether.

If all goes well, I should have a determination letter sometime this fall. This means there is a very real possibility of opening the Project Create facility in October or November of this year!!!

Once I complete my application, I will post about the process with some tips and hints. Until then, you can find out more here.

This is a slow but very important step, so bear with us! Until then, enjoy the summer and stay CREATIVE!!!

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