What does it mean to be a patron of the arts? According to Dictionary.com a patron is “a person who supports with money, gifts, efforts, or endorsement an artist, writer, museum, cause, charity, institution, special event, or the like”. You can be a patron in many different ways. Giving money is not the only way to support the arts. But, it sure doesn’t hurt.
Many artists are also patrons of the arts. Artists know how important it is to receive support. Support can make an artist.
Support can encourage an artist to continue producing art. Even something as simple as winning an award at an art show can encourage the making of art. Other forms of support can be awarding grants, studio space, or artist retreats. Purchasing artists work is a great way to be a patron as well as giving artists space to display their work.
You may be wondering why I am writing about this. I have a plan. I want to be a patron of young artists. I am looking for others that want to help. This is what I have in mind.
I am in the process of starting an online art show. This show is something that has been on my mind for the past year. I couldn’t quite figure out how to do it. The idea has been evolving.
The other day I took the first step to making the art show a reality. I started a flickr group for my other website, Art For Homeschool. This flickr group is set up for K – 12 students that want to show their art work online. There are no fees or dues to join the group. I call it the Art For Homeschool Student Group. Pretty original don’t you think? The only requirement is to be an email subscriber to the Art For Homeschool website. One email subscription will cover a whole family of children.
The plan is to let students upload one piece of artwork per week. The public will be able to view the work. Students in the group will be able to look at the work, make comments, etc.
Once I get members in the group I will start asking for entries for specific themed art shows. Remember this is all in the planning stages. Maybe once every three months or so, I will change the theme. It all depends on how many entries and how many students are interested in the art show. We could easily end up with a monthly themed show.
Then the plan is to judge the entries and give out awards. Award winners will be showcased on the Art For Homeschool website.
So, here comes the pitch.
To make this show a reality, I need:
- awards such as gift certificates and art supplies,
- postage for shipping awards,
- traffic and comments to the flickr group art show,
- ideas for art show themes,
- and judges for the art show.
Please spread the word about this art show. If you know someone that might be interested in supporting this cause email them the link to this article.
Even though the show is in the developing stages, students can still join the group and upload their work .
I hope some of you can help with this activity. I look forward to working with many of you. I think this could be a great way to support young artists.