The Charity Donation Condundrum …. solved?

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I get the feeling that artists are finally willing to stand up for themselves and not be bullied or “shamed” (you expect to be paid? but this is for charity!) in to donating their art, and I think that they would almost jump at any effort from non profits and businesses actually respecting their work as a valuable commodity… obviously it is valuable enough that their work is constantly requested for a silent auction or other fundraising project.

This is a problem that I feel personally invested in, and I’m trying to establish a win win scenario for all involved.  I think I have found a way it can be done

The Proposal
It’s been a common goal of many businesses that they become more involved and invested in their local arts and culture.  At the same time, I am suggesting that the non profit approach the idea of art in silent auctions or art in their fundraising schemes, in a different way.  Here it is:  they ask their favourite business to choose their favourite artist(s) and buy an artwork from them, then donating that work to their charity.

The Benefits
What would be the benefit to the business and the charity?  Bragging rights of donating, bragging rights of supporting (really supporting as in $$) the local art scene, being able to pinpoint a favourite artist,  plus they get their tax receipt for their purchase price from the organization supported by the receipt from the artist (why this is important will be explained in a minute). Because they are invested, they share this with their business partners and customers, boosting the event’s promotion, and the charity gains the exposure it so desperately needs.  The artist and the artwork is respected.  It becomes important for that business’ donated work to get a higher bid. I can’t see how this would fail. It just needs to be championed and done!

Better than nothing, you say?
There is a misconception that perhaps the artwork was originally purchased  by someone and then donated to the charity for auctioning off.  Nine point nine times out of ten, this is not the case.  Charities who ask for work from artists  expect it to be given for free, and we artists are expected to be honoured to be asked. (We aren’t.) Oh, but there is a reserve, and the artist gets paid 50 or 60 or 70% of the money coming in. What does that work out to, really?  50% of 30% of an artwork’s value… you tell me.  It’s better than nothing, some people say.  I say, artists, hold out for the brass ring, and keep a reserve all right … reserve your work for those who really respect it.  There is no one strong arming you, and they came to you.  Be the apple at the top of the tree.

Remember the point about a receipt?

Canada Revenue also recently changed the guidelines for cultural donations. Quite frankly, it does not do artists or investors any favours. Normally, for cultural institutions such as public galleries, art is not purchased from the artist, it is donated by the artist, and or donated by the patron.  The quick and dirty on that new CRA guideline is that artworks considered Cultural Property donated to Art Galleries and such, may be given a taxation receipt, but that receipt must be the value of what that patron paid for it, regardless of how many years ago.  So that means is if an Emily Carr, for example, bought by Mr Z in 1960 for 20,000$ is donated to the local gallery, Mr Z will get a receipt for 20,000$, regardless if that Emily Carr was worth 2.5 million today.

Changes such as what CRA did for 2014 really highlights the necessity of creating clean donations.  I would not be surprised to see CRA do audits on non profits, and really question why they are giving receipts to artists for their donation of artwork, when their artwork is getting less than 30% of the market value.  I might be naive, but I really think there are businesses out there who don’t want to do what was always done, and who are looking at a way to become personally invested in the local art scene, and perhaps support some local organizations at the same time.  I’d be interested in connecting with these businesses, so if you are one of them, send me a note.

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Workshop at Opus Kelowna

Art Money Julia Trops Kelowna Canadian Artist

Demystifying Self Publishing

Sat, December 7, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Julia will discuss the various platforms for self publishing and show how to format your content with Word into an ebook for Kindle or a printable book for Amazon.

There will be a discussion of various platforms, marketing challenges, budgeting for the project, making a website for the book itself and title.

BRING

Laptop, ipad or other notebook type device.

http://www.opusartsupplies.com/how/demos/de-mystifying-self-publishing&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Demos&utm_campaign=HolidaySale13

As part of the Venus is Rising project, this workshop is given to help artists take control of their career.

Target Reader for book: Art & Money?

Art Money Julia Trops Kelowna Canadian Artist

I was asked the other day, who is the artist who should read Art & Money?

Well, I answered, that’s a tricky question.  There is no one group who “should” read it, whether beginning, mid or late career.  I believe that we can all benefit from many streams of information, and that having read something is superior to not having read it.

The book talks about a lot of areas, and would be good for those who are beginning, as it gathers the information that I wish I knew about when I was first starting out.

This book would have a long shelf life because there are a great many things in the book that take years to develop, and by this I mean items on the cv, and renewed perspective on the biography, as time goes by, and you are active in your career and your community.

The book touches on the media, and how I believe they are interested in their community too, in helping it grow, and expand.  It touches on the city – or at least my city – on how those in the cultural departments are interested in helping their city grow, and how the artist can be and is a valuable resource. It describes ways that you as an artist, or a believer in culture, can encourage this kind of investment of your city. This book would help the patron understand what goes on behind the easel.

The book also describes how the beginning, mid or late career artist can interact with charities, giving a number of points of view to do with supporting non profits.  The charities would benefit from reading this information to see how they could change or adapt their policies to be more artist friendly. The patrons who frequent charities would benefit because they, as patrons, are interested in the success of their charity, and I believe they wish to see everyone successful. This book would help the patron or supporter understand what goes on behind the easel, and how they could help.

Am I an expert? No, I don’t say that I am.  I am just an interested party, and believe in the growth for the good of all. I care enough to say something, and I care enough to believe that artists can take control of their career. This book is for those who believe in culture, who believe in their community.

Art & Money Book Signing – Summerland Oct 12 Saturday 1-3 pm

Margot Logo Studio Artist Summerland

I will be at Margot Artist in Residence Studio on Saturday October 12th, from 1-3 pm for an Art & Money book signing.  If you would like to reserve your book, to ensure there is a copy for you, please send me a note.  My email is juliatrops at gmail dot com.

The address is:
9533 Main Street

Parking for Margot’s studio is easy and it’s free.  The Summerland Art Gallery is located right across from the high school, and you can park directly in front of the gallery.  Or you can come around back of the gallery and park in the big parking lot right across the street.

I teamed up with Margot to create a partnership that is mutually beneficial, and promotes the premise of cooperation between artists.  Margot has just launched her new Artist in Residence studio at the Summerland Art Gallery, and I have launched the book.

Margot has this to say:

I believe we each have a unique gift to contribute to society, mine happens to be the way I see the world and how interpret it through my ART.  Most artists work in isolation in their studios and rarely come out to share their vision with the exception of exhibitions and even then the interaction of the artist with fellow artists and the community are somewhat brief and limited.  Thus I welcome any opportunity to share my vision with other artists and the greater community.  Such opportunities however, don’t just appear magically…someone (I, you, we) have to create them and make them happen.  That’s why I applaud Julia Trops efforts in writing this book and giving artists an insight on how to make this happen.  Thanks Julia and cheers for creating the Okanagan Erotic Art Show event and all the opportunities of networking it provides“.

Thanks Margot, I appreciate that!  It is true, we can think and dream all we wish, but it comes right down to doing, and making the magic happen ourselves.  The possibilities are endless, and my belief is if we can dream it, we can do it.

Margot Art Studio Summerland
Margot Art Studio Summerland

Art & Money Book Signing – West Kelowna Saturday October 12th 9-11 am

westbank west kelowna blenz

I will be at Blenz in Westbank Centre on Saturday October 12th, from 9-11 pm for an Art & Money book signing.  If you would like to reserve your book, to ensure there is a copy for you, please send me a note.  My email is juliatrops at gmail dot com.

The address is:

h222-3645 Gosset Road,
West Kelowna, British Columbia

westbank west kelowna blenz coffee julia trops
West Kelowna Blenz

Melissa Brown and her husband Mike just launched the Blenz Coffee House in West Kelowna this year.  It was originally in the shopping Centre near Canadian Tire and Home Depot, but it has since moved into the old Starbucks location near the Landmark Theatres.  They have made some excellent partnerships with the theatre, such as a COFFEE and a MOVIE.  Bring in your TOONIE THURSDAY ticket stub to Blenz Coffee Westbank Centre and receive a FREE upsize on your COFFEE.

I knew Melissa from her Ex Nihilo days, and I can tell you she loves art.  She can talk about art, and she supports artists.

“I am a big believer in the “eat, drink, shop local’ movement and I am always looking for ways to support the local talent and businesses in our community. Having Julia in for a book signing at the coffee shop is just one more way I can support local talent and the community.”

Thanks, Melissa!  You are an outstanding example of cooperation and partnership with the arts!

Art & Money Book Signing – Vernon Oct 19 Saturday 1-3 pm

Almost Famous Vertigo Julia Trops

I will be at Gallery Vertigo on Saturday October 19th, from 1-3 pm for an Art & Money book signing.  If you would like to reserve your book, to ensure there is a copy for you, please send me a note.  My email is juliatrops at gmail dot com.

The address is:

3001 31 St. #1 upstairs
Vernon BC V1T 5H8 Canada
(250) 503 – 2297

Almost Famous Gallery Vertigo Julia Trops Vernon Artist Art

I am a long time supporter of Gallery Vertigo, and believe in their mission, which is artists helping artists at a very grassroots level.  They have an event coming up called Almost Famous which is one of my favourite events in the Okanagan valley.  The Call to Artists has just been announced, and interested artists can get the submission form here:  online form.

Almost Famous Call to Artists Vernon Gallery Vertigo Julia Trops
Almost Famous Call to Artists

Almost Famous has original artworks created by local artists up in a silent auction, but these artworks have a unique twist in that the artist “copies” or “reinvents” a masterpiece from the past.  Considering that Picasso created 58 works based on Las Meninas from Diego Velázquez and these 58 works are all on display at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona (which I saw this spring), these Almost Famous works should not be under appreciated.  You really don’t know where our local artists are going to be in fifty years, and if you are lucky enough to be the successful bidder, you might just happen to have a winner in your hands.  I contribute two or three each year.  These are fun for me, and I always learn something new about the artist on whom I am focusing.  It’s a win/win.

I hope to see you there!  All the book signings are set up to show the benefits of cooperation and partnering with your fellow artist, or your favourite business.