How do you find your artists?
ArtLifting works with individuals who participate in shelter or disability center art programs across the U.S. There are thousands of existing art groups in shelters and disability centers. Our first point of contact is most often the art director who oversees the artists in these programs. This helps us ensure that we are helping individuals who are committed to improving their situations and finding stable employment and housing.
How do you pay your artists?
We pay our artists each month by check or by money card. If our artists do not have a mailing address, we can send their payment to the shelter in whose art program they participate.
How do I become an artist?
If you are interested in becoming an artist or would like to suggest an artist, the first step is to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with information about the individual’s specific situation and with samples of their artwork. From there, we can determine if they are a fit for ArtLifting. Please be patient in this process, as we are frequently backlogged with requests to add new artists, and we are a small team.
Are you a non-profit?
No. ArtLifting is a benefit corporation, not a 501(c)3. Benefit corporations “have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment; and are required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on shareholders but also on workers, community, and the environment.” Many companies that are well-known for bringing about positive social or environmental impact are benefit corporations such as Patagonia, Etsy, and Warby Parker.
Why aren’t you a non-profit?
Our co-founder Liz Powers worked for nonprofits for eight years before creating ArtLifting. The average nonprofit spends 75% of their time fundraising. Liz found this to be frustrating and stifling given the impact she wanted to make. Being a for-profit social enterprise allows us to focus on sustainably growing our business and our impact. Further, our artists do not want to be treated as charity cases, but as human beings with dignity. We manage the sale of their artwork in the same way as any professional art gallery would manage the sale of the work of artists it represents. Please refer to this blog post to learn more about why we are structured as a benefit corporation.