Donating Horse Photography
Lately, I’ve been considering the concept of donations, charitable support and giving back to my local community. When you live in a small community like Prescott, Arizona and have the opportunity to see the affects of your donations- it carries more of an impact.
Artists giving donations
In the local Prescott community of artisans, many of us are approached regularly for donations of items we have created. The charities use our artwork to raise money during their fundraisers. But, what do we get in return? Many artists, including myself can’t just keep giving away our work with out getting the support back from the community through purchases. Many charities will say “you will get lot’s of exposure” and then neglect to even mention your name. Some charities will give you specifics on how they will promote your artwork or name.
A recent organization that contacted me for a donation informed me that they are putting the donors and sponsors logos on all the participants t-shirts. Some may add you to the list of donors in the event program.
Social Media for recognizing donations of Horse Art
Another way for charities to give back to the artist is by directing their followers to the artist’s Facebook page or website. That brings traffic and viewers to sites of artists donating and potentially brings purchases of additional art. Organizations can blog about the donations of art work- like I’m doing here.
FUN-RAISING Horse art
I was telling a friend recently that I enjoy volunteering but do not enjoy certainly aspects of fundraising. Now “FUN-RAISING” is another story. I have used this term before in my blogs. FUN-RAISING for me, is when I get to do a photo shoot of horses for a local Horse Rescue and Ranch and then use the sale of the horse photographs to raise money for the Horse rescue. My most recent FUN-RAISING was for Circle L Horse Ranch . I have not had one of these really take off yet, but I keep trying since I enjoy it so much.
Donating Horse photography to the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation
One of Prescott’s local organizations that I have been supporting for several years is the Prescott Western Heritage Foundation. The annual banquet for the group is coming up next weekend on September 29th at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center. I am donating horse photography to their annual banquet. My horse art piece called “One with the Sea” from my Windswept Manes Collection will be offered during the Live Auction portion of the evening. My artwork will be auctioned off with other great artists like Karen Clarkson, George Molnar, Bill Cramer, Filmer Kewanyama and several more.
The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation is working to preserve and educate local residents and visitors on the history of Prescott and will be opening a “mercantile and educational center” downtown very soon. The organization also recognizes young people in the community that align with their mission by awarding a scholarship.
Scottsdale Gallery owner, Jason Horejs offers some good advise for artists donating to charities. Check out some of this tips as well.
Jody Miller is a professional photographer specializing in Horse Photography, Equine Photography, and Equestrian photography. Her work can be viewed online here in her gallery section, and she is also featured at these Arizona Galleries: The Phippen Art Museum, Hart of AZ Gallery and Dragonfly Arts in Old Town Cottonwood and Coops Coffee House at Talking Rock Ranch. Van Gogh’s Ear Gallery in Prescott, Arizona