A way for artists to help animals and their communities
Friday, April 17, 2009
Initial Shelter Contact Letter
Here tonight, I am posting the letter I sent to my local animal shelter in hopes that others will be able to edit and utilize it to contact their local shelter and rescue organizations.
Dear Lisa Cliver, John Richardson and Jackie Dennis,
I have some exciting news about a special project that I feel will benefit the shelter, the animals and the staff. I am a local professional artist and animal lover. I became intrigued and emotionally involved the first time I saw this blog,"Art for Shelter Animals". It's headed up by a couple of blogger buddies. After I saw it, I couldn't get it out of my mind, so I knew I just had to get involved and do something to help!
The Art for Animals project is simple. I make paintings of animals in our shelter and donate the paintings to the shelter. That's it, no strings attached! The shelter can do whatever it wants with the paintings. The only thing I ask is that I be given credit and a link to my web site for creating and donating the work wherever it is used.
You can sell or auction them, make posters, note cards or calendars. I suggest possibly doing a monthly Chinese or silent auction or a raffle. You could use it as a gift for someone adopting the painting's subject, or sell it to them for a nominal fee - say half or 1/3 the retail price. (FYI - I charge $149.00 for the size paintings I will be donating to you.) In the future, I would like suggestions on which animals you would like to see depicted. You can copy these images and use them for promotion on your web site or in the newspaper.
The project is already gaining much momentum and publicity online. The East Bay SPCA in California is also taking off with this project and the Promotions and Funding Director will probably be able to answer any questions you might have, from the shelter's point of view. We can contact publications about the project and get publicity for you, the animals and my work.
The more imaginative the shelter management staff, the more ideas we can come up with to raise money and awareness and find more homes for our poor orphan fur babies. I'm looking forward to meeting with you and discussing all the exciting possibilities! I am hoping you are as excited about this as I am.
Eventually I'll get even more local artists involved. The more exposure we get through this, the more support and involvement it will generate from the community. Please explore "my blog " and the "Art for Shelter Animals " blog links thoroughly. Please discuss the possibilities with each other, your friends, staff and directors and get back to me ASAP.
So far I have completed four paintings which you can see on here "my web log"
The Art for Animals project is simple. Make a portrait of an animal in your local shelter, or of an animal who's a part of a rescue operation, and donate the painting to the shelter or the rescue group.
That's it! The shelter or rescue group can do whatever it wants with the painting - or drawing or mixed media piece or whatever medium you choose.
Please submit jpgs at 72 dpi, a maximum of 600 px, or 8 inches across, and about 200K or less.
Your photographs should be sharp and free of glare. The best way to shoot them is to put your paintings in the shade, on a fairly sunny day, and shoot without a flash.
If you have photoshop, see R. Garriot's blog for tips on using photoshop to correct the colors and tones of your paintings.
Send your paintings to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to email@example.com, or to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will upload them to the blog.
Thank you for participating!
Sheila Tajima, Carrie Jacobson, Sandy Sandy
Letter for newspapers
Greetings! (Your name) here. I'm a local painter, participating in the Art for Animals project. I think the project might make a good story for your paper.
Here's how it works: Local painters paint portraits of animals in our shelters, and then give the paintings to the shelters. The shelters can do whatever they want with the paintings.
This is an unusual project because it is so direct. Typically, if artists donate to shelters or other charitable institutions, they give a percentage of their sales. I'm giving my paintings, free and clear.
The story would be inspiring, good news for your readers. There's plenty of art with it, too. Publication would help me connect with more artists in the area, and make the project more successful.
Paintings from participating artists may be seen at http://artforshelteranimals.blogspot.com.
I will call you in XX days to see if you're interested.