I come across various articles on why artists should not donate their art to charities. The reasons vary from…
– it brings down the value of art in general
– a lot of artists already live at the poverty line and it is unfair
– donating your art doesn’t get you the exposure you think it will
– etc, etc, etc
Personally I believe that if the only reason you are donating art to charity is for the exposure then you are doing it for the wrong reason.
Personally I believe that if you are donating art to charity it should be for a cause you actually believe in.
Generally, working artists don’t have a lot of extra cash hanging around so donating an artwork is one way for them to help charities they believe in.
Personally I believe that charities think that artists are an easy group to exploit for a means to their end. Is this not like robbing Peter to support Paul? AND What artist doesn’t want exposure for their work?
Personally I believe that exposure has nothing what so ever to do with it. Donate because you believe and truly want to help. Is it not a bit self serving to donate art to charity solely for exposure?
Don’t be fooled that you’ll get discovered this way because when you’re not you’ll feel worse or that your work isn’t good enough. Don’t prostitute yourself! No, wait, even the prostitute gets paid.
This is only my opinion, yours may be different. Feel free to express it in the comments below.