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Solid Partnership: Habitat for Humanity, Recycling and Art

Not a commercial -- In Fargo local artists and Habitat for Humanity ReStore have teamed up to showcase recycled art and auction it for a community cause.

"The LAHFH ReStore contacted area artists and asked them to use their talents to create a piece of art utilizing home improvement materials from the Habitat ReStore. The artists were given a voucher worth $50 to be used at the ReStore. The challenge was to find and purchase materials then turn the reclaimed materials into works of art. This year’s recycled artwork has been displayed at the Spirit Room since January 16."

I particularly like this idea and can see several ways it can be incorporated as a fundraiser. It could work at a garage sale art fair or a a studio clearance sale event also. It would be a great way to get some publicity. It could also be incorporated into a larger event -- a recyling art exhibition area that could be auctioned -- with proceeds being shared with the artists. 

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Have you been involved in anything like this?

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Comment by Dee Hooks on January 31, 2012 at 10:50am

  I am a recycling artist from Wisconsin.  Last year I participated in the Dane County Habitat for Humanity Restore recycled art show.  In the past it was done as a single gallery event with , I believe, an auction.  The most recent event was done as part of Madison's gallery walk.  Local galleries viewed entries & chose items to be displayed for 3 weeks in their locations.  If your item sold,the entire amount went to Habitat for Humanity.  Artists received no money, but exposure/publicity.  I was personally invited by the director of the Restore & happy to participate.

Comment by Connie Mettler on January 31, 2012 at 2:13pm

Cool. This initiative, Dee, seems to be so "on target" for all -- Habitat, arts organizations, recyclers, artists. It seems like a truly winning promotional possibility to benefit all around without anyone feeling "put upon."


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