Art to the rescue!
So many of you have been in touch about donating art to help benefit disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who are suffering an incomprehensible humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Millions of our fellow Americans have been left in 90 degree heat without electricity, clean water, fuel, or communications, with no end in sight.
The Creeping Museum is organizing a “Creeping Auction” for artists who'd like a way to donate their work to support the relief efforts. You can participate from wherever you are in the world, and you don’t need to send the art to us. We’ll all be connected via the hashtag #creepingauction, and The Creeping Museum will help you promote your auction.
Just follow the steps below:
1) CHOOSE one of these three vetted nonprofit organizations working to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Maria. If there’s another organization you’re passionate about, please feel free to donate to them instead. Charity Navigator is a great resource for vetting nonprofits.
2) POST an auction on Instagram with a photo of your artwork. Hate writing posts? Not sure what to say? Here’s an easy template for you! (Feel free to write your own post, or customize this template to suit your needs - including a personal statement on why you're participating is always helpful.)
I am auctioning my artwork [title of piece] as part of @thecreepingmuseum's #CreepingAuction to benefit disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 100% of proceeds from this sale (minus [reasonable shipping charge] to cover the cost of shipping and handling) will be donated to [name of the nonprofit you've chosen] to support their disaster relief efforts.
[Brief description of the piece]
Bidding starts at [set a price that’s not so low that you’d be sad if the piece sold for that amount!]. Please bid in the comments in increments of $5, and tag the person you outbid. The auction ends at [date and time, including time zone]. Payment is due within 24 hours of the close of the auction.
Please be sure to tag @thecreepingmuseum and use the hashtag #creepingauction. If your account is private you're absolutely welcome to participate, but I won't be able to see or share your post.
4) COLLECT payment from the winning bidder and SHIP the artwork to them. Each artist will coordinate payment and shipping with the winning bidder directly; The Creeping Museum will not be a part of the payment or shipment process.
5) Once the buyer has paid and you have shipped the art to them, please DONATE the funds (minus your shipping cost) to one of the three nonprofits listed above, and send a screen capture of your donation receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no deadline for participation in the Creeping Auction project; sadly, disaster relief funding will be needed in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands for years to come.
Thank you for using your art to raise money for an important cause! I'm happy to help and answer your questions, but please keep in mind that I’m just one person who’s volunteering my time, so it may take a while for me to respond.
Beyond the Pale at The Creeping Museum
Danielle Schlunegger-Warner’s Beyond the Pale installation opened in our Little Free Library gallery as a series of Category 5 hurricanes flooded cities and left a swath of destruction in their wakes. The miniature drowned world she created - a Victorian study filled with books, specimens, maps, and other tools used by humankind to make sense of the natural world, flooded and reclaimed by the sea - inspires both wonder and dread as it foreshadows a not-so-distant future. Repeat Creeping Museum visitors may recognize the tiny 1:12 scale replica of Danielle’s “Frozen Island” bell jar from our previous Ghost Stories exhibition.
As part of the installation, Danielle curated a special selection of books for distribution in our Little Free Library. Each title echoes the themes of the miniature world she’s building in our gallery: Our ongoing struggle to understand and conquer the natural world, and the unfathomable changes that are coming within this lifetime.
Beyond the Pale is on view in our tiny North Portland gallery (3 blocks east of the Q Center) through the end of October.
A few time-traveling favorites, including Octavia Butler’s classic (and utterly still relevant) Kindred. This gutwrenching page-turner uses time travel as a metaphor for the way in which the insidious specter of America’s dark history still haunts us today.