Thursday, September 01, 2005

Artists make Donations to Red Cross Hurricane Fund

Artists make Donations to Red Cross Hurricane Fund
Volunteers are outfitting trucks and drive to the Gulf to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Professionals are flocking to the area, putting in 36 hour days. And here I sit, in relative luxury, feeling powerless. There's got to be something I can do.

In 1953, after the great flood in Zeeland, the Netherlands, my father Jaap van Praag was one of hundreds of artists who donated their work for a lottery that would help the survivors. He and two colleagues entered work they made in response to the devastating flood.

This morning I received an email from vocalist Elizabeth Carpenter, it read:

Hi Music Friends ~
I'm donating all my CD sales on to the American Red Cross for their disaster relief fund to help New Orleans. So, if you were thinking of stocking up on or giving as gifts either Emergency Love or The Blueweed Songs, all my profits will go towards this great organization. Many other CDBaby artists are doing the same - so check the home page for more music that can help The Big Easy.
Best Wishes~
Elizabeth Carpenter

I've been thinking for a while about making reproductions of some of my art work, in order to generate sales, but I haven't got that far yet. So what else can I do? Donate a painting when an umbrella organization places a call…
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