Welcome to Art21’s first ever online fundraising drive! The drive launches today and will run through June 20, 2008, simultaneously at Art21.org/donate and via the Art21 Facebook Cause. Throughout the fundraising drive we will showcase what donations to Art21 will provide, but for our first post, we wanted to give a little bit of background information on our organization.
As you might know, Art21 is an independent non-profit organization. We are often thought of as being part of PBS, but we actually produce our television series independently, and are funded primarily by generous donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, as well as by the National Endowment for the Arts. Art21 has been around now for just over 10 years, and has a New York-based staff of 10 very-hardworking people.
Donations to Art21 are 100% tax deductible and cover the not-insignificant expenses of producing our Peabody Award-winning television series, education materials, public programs, and most recently: the new online videos (released weekly on this blog, and on YouTube, BlipTV, and iTunes); Joe Fusaro’s “Teaching with Contemporary Art” column; and columns by our guest bloggers. We also have a number of new projects in the works, including a redesigned, interactive website that will launch in late-2009, timed to coincide with the broadcast of Season Five of Art:21–Art in the Twenty First Century.
We’re offering an incentive to those of you who join in supporting Art21 at this time. Those who donate $10 or more through Art21.org/donate or through the Art21 Facebook Cause by Friday, June 20, 2008 will be eligible to win Art21 DVDs and Books:
Art21 DVDs: Complete Set (4 Seasons)
Art21 Books: Complete Set (4 Seasons)
GRAND PRIZE: Complete Set (4 Seasons) of Art21 DVDs and Books.
Art21 FACEBOOK CHALLENGE
Use the Art21 Facebook Cause to help spread the word. The #1 Fundraiser in the Art21 “Hall of Fame,” raising at least $100 by June 20, 2008, will automatically receive a complete set of Art21 DVDs.
Thanks to all of you who have supported Art21 financially in the past, and welcome to all our new readers and donors!