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BiB Alumni News for June 14, 2017
Information, opportunities, and resources 
for working artists
Nonprofits garner support at events like silent auctions. Artists can also benefit from the exposure to new patrons.
To Donate or Not to Donate?
Summer is fundraiser time. Maybe you have already been asked to donate your artwork for a nonprofit's event. Is it a good idea?
It is wise to understand the disadvantages of donating artwork and how to navigate them - like the IRS rules about artists' tax deductions for artwork recently featured in the New York Times. It is good business sense to use a donation to your advantage.
Gain exposure. Be sure to include information about yourself to display with the art. Attach a business card or brochure.
Build relationships. Donating to worthy causes shows you are a community-minded, thoughtful artist. But be sure the mission and values of the organization you are working with align with your own. In some ways, you endorse their work by giving yours.
Don't overcommit. Set a limit for how much work you will donate in a year. When you reach it, let people know they can ask again next year.
Suggest a purchase. Encourage the organization to buy the artwork from you directly. Then, make a cash donation of the same amount to the organization. This results in a net-zero expense for the organization as well as a gain in understanding the value of your work.
Get a receipt. Any donation to a 501(c)(3) should be acknowledged by a thank you note and tax receipt. Keep this letter and receipt for your own records and for filing your taxes.
Photo courtesy of Creative Music Photography.
Alumni Spotlight: Dee Kalea  
Dee Kalea's photographs are in the spotlight lately. Dee has been making photographs of jazz musicians for more than 50 years, but recently both Seven Days and the Times Argus featured her work.

Dee has also been invited to contribute her work to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, and has launched a campaign to raise printing and framing costs on IndieGoGo. Cheer her on, watch her progress toward her goal, and spread the word!
Featured Artist Opportunity 
Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center provides a fellowship program. Full-time visual, performing, or multi-disciplinary artists and writers whose professions directly relate to their artmaking practice are eligible. For more information, visit the Karmê Chöling website.

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Stay in touch with your fellow alumni, share information, ask questions, and trumpet successes.

Questions about the BiB Alumni Network, Vermont Arts Council, or our programs and services for artists? Contact Sarah Mutrux.
Artist and Community Programs Manager
Breaking into Business | Vermont Arts Council| 802.828.3291 |

Past Issues 2017

June 14, 2017  donating your artwork | featured artist is Dee Kalea | featured opportunity is fellowship at Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center

May 17, 2017  choosing professional development | featured artist is Carla Kimball | featured opportunity is call at Rochester Contemporary Art Center

April 19, 2017  resource organizations for artists | featured artist is John Demick | featured opportunity is RFQ for public art in South Burlington

March 22, 2017  advocating for the arts | featured artist is Sabrina Fadial | featured opportunity is SculptFest 2017

February 17, 2017  artist grants | grant seeker workshops | alumni gathering

January 25, 2017  new year, new grant opportunities | featured artist is Stephanie Gwen Kossmann | featured opportunity is call for submissions at Angora Gallery

Past Issues 2016

December 28, 2016  favorite stories from 2016 | survey on newsletter | how to be a featured artist | featured opportunity is Vermont Artists Week at Vermont Studio Center

December 14, 2016  encouraging artist friends | featured artist is Michael Arnowitt | featured opportunity is Governor's Institutes Winter Weekend

November 30, 2016  asking for help | featured artist is Dan Snow | featured opportunity is public art installation via City of Burlington

November 16, 2016  steps to success | featured artist is Susan Shannon | featured opportunities are arts fairs at ONE Arts and The Art House

November 2, 2016  artist rights and similar work | featured artists are Jen Berger, Alison Bergman, Eliot Burg, Tabbatha Henry, Antionette Jacobson, Justin Kenney, Monique Monette, Lydia Kern, Rodrigo Nava, Tuyen Nguyen, Sean Williams, and Dana Wigdor | featured opportunity is Vermont Performance Lab's SEED program

October 19, 2016  accounting best practices | featured artist is Elissa Campbell | take NEFA's Creative Workers Survey

October 5, 2016  crowdfunding success stories | featured artist is Lisa Kippen | featured opportunity is Breaking Into Business: Winning Public Art Commissions workshop

September 22, 2016  you as arts advocate | featured artist is Rosalind Daniels | featured opportunity is craft display purchase

September 7, 2016  workshop on public art | featured artist is Stephanie Gwen Kossman | featured opportunity is 6th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Exhibition

August 24, 2016  dos and don'ts of selling on Facebook | featured artist is Gillian McGarvey | featured opportunity is auditions for "A Christmas Carol"

August 10, 2016  to copyright or not? | featured artist is Jason Boyd | featured opportunity is call for interactive digital art installations at Tech Jam job fair

July 27, 2016  becoming an artist responder, workshop | featured artist is Kathy Fiske | featured opportunity is call for 47th Littleton Art Festival

July 13, 2016  immersion via artist residency | featured artist is Julia Shipley | featured opportunity is call to 30th annual "Materials: Hard + Soft"

June 29, 2016  paths to mastery | featured artist is Althea Bilodeau | featured opportunity is finding work spaces

June 15, 2016  grant writing know-how | Artist Development Grants to open | featured artist is Terry Carter | featured opportunity is invititation to Great Vermont Plein Air Paint Out

June 1, 2016  project management | featured artist is Dana Walrath | featured opportunity is webinar, "Winning Websites"

May 18, 2016  Fractured Atlas, an online arts service organization | featured artist is De Christie | featured opportunity is call for show at Studio Place Arts in Barre

May 4, 2016  a few business tips from masters | alumni quarterly meeting announced | featured artist is Kristen Watson | featured opportunity is call for submissions for UNBOUND at Artistree

April 20, 2016  crowdfunding ideas | featured artist is Jeanne Thurston | featured opportunity is grant from BCA

April 6, 2016  artist critique group forming | featured artist is Finnie Trimpi | featured opportunity is "Writing About Your Work" workshop

March 23, 2016  building an online store | featured artist is Mylissa Davis | featured opportunity is studio assistant at Cold Hollow Sculpture Park

March 9, 2016  more about Creation Grants | marketing on the cheap workshop | featured artist is Susan Larkin | featured opportunity is call by Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, MO

February 24, 2016  liability and workers comp | featured artist is Jonathan Hart | featured opportunity is call for Langdon Street Alive in Montpelier

February 10, 2016  finding a business consultant | Artist Development Grants available | featured artist is Corrina Thurston | featured opportunity is call for entries by Mills Pond Gallery in St. James, NY

January 27, 2016  purpose of alumni network | featured artist is Su Shannon | featured opportunity is Vermont Week at Vermont Studio Center

January 13, 2016  join the Breaking Into Business network | alumni network meeting | new Breaking Into Business workshop announced | featured artist is Hannah Morris | featured opportunity is call from Monotype Guild of New England

Other Newsletters

Advocacy Updates  Sometimes an update, sometimes a call to action. Always information about the Council's position during the legislative session.

ArtMail  Published bi-weekly and full of news from the Vermont art scene.

Notes From Outside the Box  Keeping our sector informed about the progress and shaping of the Vermont Creative Network.