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Free Kids Art Activity At The Arts Council Arts Market – November 24th and 25th

Project Create is pumped to invited back to the Arts Council of New Orleans Arts Market this month. We will be there for the 2 day market providing another FREE Kids Activity Booth.

This month we will be making Origami Animals!!! Here are a couple of examples for the kiddies:

Here is the info for the event, and check out our write up on the Arts Council website!

Saturday & Sunday, November 24th & 25th

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Kids Activity from 10:30 – 3:30)
Palmer Park, S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Aves in Uptown.
Free and open to the public

Hope to see you all there!

November OCH Art Market – Recycled Art!

Well we had another great day at the OCH Art Market this month.

First, I want to give a huge shout out to our very first volunteer, Heather. She is a current Tulane Law student who took time out of her busy schedule (trust me, I know) to man the booth at the market. She did an amazing job and I could not be more grateful.

The theme this month was recycled art, and Project Create provided another group art project. In traditional NOLA style, we made a recycled hanging Fleur de Lis:

Project Create Group Art Project: Recycled Fleur De Lis at the OCH Art Market 11/10/12

I found the window sash on the side of the road (please be careful when picking up items off the road…they can have glass still attached that is VERY dangerous). The fleur de lis is made out of an old cardboard moving box from when I moved to New Orleans. I cut the symbol into 29 puzzle pieces, and let customers at the market pick a piece to paint however they wanted. The symbol is attached to the sash with some old fishing string I had lying around. Here is a before picture so you can get a better idea of the pieces:

What do you think of the piece? After the holiday, we will be installing it at the OCH Art Market space permanently, so make sure to check it out at the December market.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for our First Painting Class on December 8!!!

State of Affairs: Help Project Create Spread the Word and Raise Money For Supplies!!!

We have certainly had an eventful last few weeks and I am happy to announce that we have a lot more coming up!!!

The OCH Art Market was such a great success that we are now booked to have a FREE Art booth for at least the next few markets (and hopefully all of them from now on!). You can find out more about the OCH Art Market here. In October, the market is showcasing Latino Art, and Project Create will have  a booth set up for you to come on down and make some of your own Latino Art for FREE!!! Here is the link for the event.

Project Create is also proud to announce that it has been booked for its first private event!!! One of the patrons at the OCH Art Market picked up one of our flyers and contacted us a few days later to provide art entertainment at an annual picnic event. I will certainly post more details about that in the future, but I could not be happier to know that our name is getting out there!!!

So far we have raised almost $1500 which is outstanding, but it is going to take more than that to open our own studio! You can help us out by letting your social network know about Project Create  and all of the great work we are trying to accomplish! And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and send out our donation link so we can raise enough money to keep FREE Art events available!

Stay tuned for more great news and updates!!!

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The OCH Art Market: A Huge Success Story!

What an amazing first event Project Create had yesterday. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and supported us. Our booth had painting supplies for art market customers to paint their own artworks for FREE!!!

We had 14 paintings created, and more importantly, 14 NEW ARTISTS!!! The whole point of Project Create is to make more people explore their creative selves…and we succeeded 14 times! On top of that, we raised over $100 in donations. WHAT A GREAT DAY!

Check out some of our pictures from the day:

Project Create Booth

First Project Create Customers!!!

New Young Artists!

New Young Artists!

First Dollar Raised From Project Create Services!!!

“First Time Painting In Years”

Masterpieces

Man Cat – A Project Create Mascot!

Family Day Out – Perfect Time To Make Art!

Painting Party

5 Brand New Happy Artists

A New Prodigy In Town!

Busy Makin’ Art

Is He Humming? Yes, He Is!!!

Creative Creature!

Having A Great Time At The Project Create Free Painting Booth!

The Art Market was also a great success for meeting new people and making some great networking connections (even some that may lead to a permanent space for Project Create to teach classes!!!). You can be sure to see Project Create at more OCH Art Market events, as well as other markets around the city. We will keep you updated on all of our events, and until then, don’t forget to like us on Facebook and share our page with your friends!

To help us raise the money for our own studio, you can DONATE here.

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!!!

Project Create Obtains An Employer Identification Number!

Today I filed for an EIN – Employer Identification Number. The first thing I want to point out is that I will (hopefully) NEVER refer to this as my EIN Number. Just like a PIN, you don’t need to say “number” at the end. Unless you do actually have a Personal Identification Number Number.

But I digress. The purpose of this post is to keep you updated on one of the many legal steps a new nonprofit needs to take. Now that Project Create’s Articles of Incorporation are filed in Louisiana, I had to apply for my EIN with the IRS. There are a couple of reasons for this:

  1. The IRS requires all businesses that a) have employees, b) are corporations, and/or c) are nonprofit organizations to file tax returns. The EIN is the business equivalent to a Social Security Number.
  2. An IRS EIN is required for applying for IRS 501(c)(3) status (duh!).

Project Create is a corporation, a nonprofit, and will at the very least employ me. Therefore, an EIN is necessary.

Fortunately, applying for the EIN is most likely the easiest step in this whole shebang. This can be done online here, which means you don’t have to manually file a Form SS-4 which is awesome.

Here is some of the information you will need handy:

  1. Type of Business – Project Create is a corporation. There is also a sub-question asking which type of corporation.
  2. Why you are applying for an EIN – I am starting a new business.
  3. Who is the Responsible Party – I am an individual person starting this business. If there was already a company in place with a valid EIN that was starting Project Create, then that information would be entered.
  4. Individual Personal Information – My name and SSN.
  5. Business Information – Project Create’s name, address, and purpose (i.e. Art Education Organization)

That’s it! So easy, and believe it or not, its FREE!!! Stay tuned for more updates as Project Create gets closer to actually being in business and raising money!

Like Project Create On Facebook!

Remember that time when your parents asked you to be their friend on Facebook? So awkward, right? They practically had to beg you to accept their friendship.

Well, begging isn’t just for parents! Project Create has finally launched its Facebook page and I am BEGGING (read: politely asking) you to Like us.

Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Create/304465866286550

Make sure to leave some comments and share the word with all of your friends (especially your parents!!!).

Project Create Is In A $500 Grant Challenge – Vote For Us!!!

Project Create has come quite a far way from being just an idea. We have accumulated over 300 followers, racked up over 3000 views, and held a contest for what can only be described as the Best Logo Ever. But Project Create needs to start doing something very, very, very important: RAISE MONEY!!!

Unfortunately, we are not yet accepting donations because we have not achieved our 501(c)(3) status, and donations would not yet be tax deductible (refer to my previous post on how to become a nonprofit). I will say that we have been in deep discussion with an amazing nonprofit that might take us on as a fiscal sponsor (I even flew down to New Orleans and met with their Board of Directors!), and hopefully achieving 501(c)(3) status will just be around the corner.

Until that time, we are doing everything we can to get our name out there and find other fundraising opportunities. One of those opportunities is the GOODMaker Art Everyday Grant. GOOD is offering a $500 grant to an individual or organization with an innovative plan for bringing the visual arts to their community.

I think we can all safely agree that Project Create falls into that category.  And so, Project Create is one of the many amazing ideas to be listed in the GOODMaker Challenge, but GOOD will only award the $500 (and all of the glory) to the one idea with the greatest amount of votes.

So now it is up to YOU to help us win the award!!! What can you do, you ask?

  1. First, you can click here to go to our contest page and vote for us! Leave lots of comments too. People like to see comments.
  2. Second, you can spread the word BIG TIME to all of your friends and family (Facebook, Twitter, Email, ANYTHING HELPS!). Share our link: http://arteveryday.maker.good.is/projects/projectcreatenola.
  3. Make some art (true this won’t help us win the contest, but it will help you be AWESOME).

Voting is open from March 22 – 30. Please vote for us! This money, and the recognition, will go a long way in allowing us to opening our doors. Think of the children!

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Fiscal Sponsorship

In my last post, I discussed some the steps Project Create is taking to become a legally recognized nonprofit organization. While this is one way to achieve nonprofit status, I want to discuss a very useful, alternative approach called a fiscal sponsorship

Instead of rewording a perfectly good explanation, here is an excerpt from Grantspace.org:

Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity sponsors a project that may lack exempt status. This alternative to starting your own nonprofit allows you to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations under your sponsor’s exempt status

An important requirement is that the sponsored group’s activities must be in line with the sponsor’s mission because they are considered one legal entity. This means that if a charity’s mission is to provide food to the homeless, then an art based nonprofit (i.e. Project Create) most likely cannot use them as a fiscal sponsor.

The major benefit is that the sponsored group gains 501(c)(3) status faster than applying with the IRS, meaning it can begin operations that much sooner. The new program is subject to the bylaws and rules governing the sponsor, and in some agreements, the sponsor provides administrative oversight. In return, the sponsor receives a percentage of the donations and grants received in the sponsored group’s name.

Another plus is that a fiscal sponsorship can be temporary, allowing the sponsored group to apply for independent 501(c)(3) status and break away from the sponsor. This brings us back to Project Create’s journey. I fully intend to form an independent nonprofit, but I don’t want our mission to sit on the backburner while the IRS approves our application. Therefore, while we complete our filings, Project Create will also seek a fiscal sponsorship.

Finding a fiscal sponsor, however, does require some research. There are organizations such as the Fiscal Sponsor Directory that can help connect you with potential sponsors, but keep in mind that many people are applying for limited sponsorships. Another more obvious option is to research on your own and approach existing charities with similar missions.

After thoroughly researching the nonprofit field in New Orleans, I found a potential sponsor that was interested in sponsoring Project Create. We are negotiating with an education based nonprofit focused on afterschool and summer programs. We can use this group as a sponsor because our mission to increase art education and provide free resources to students is perfectly in line to accomodate its afterschool programs.

As soon as we sign our contract, I will provide more information on our sponsor.

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