Your Program Kicoff To-Dos
Click the button above to go to a form where you can complete this to-do. Either upload a short video of yourself inviting people to participate or enter some information that you would like me to convey and I will record the video for you. A video from your cell phone or sitting in front of your desk camera will work just fine. This will be the first video on your page with instructions for participating staff.
This person does not need to be submitting artworks themselves. Whether this is you; or someone else you trust, we need someone in the private community representing your interests. I will communicate with them about important dates, scheduling group meetings for critiques, artist interviews, etc. This person should be able to email everyone within the company to remind them of important events and milestone dates. Click that orange button above and tell me who I should contact and invite to the private community page for your company.
Announce the program just as you would any other major company incentive or initiative. The more emphasis you can give it, the more participation you can expect to get across the company. You need to be excited about it and invested in the success of the program if you can expect your staff to participate. The announcement will mean so much more coming from you than anything I can say or write.
At a minimum include the following:
- Program Announcement.
- A direct link to your company program home page
- Invitation to Participate video. This will be the first video on your page with instructions for participating staff.
Program Assessment and Kickoff
If this is the first time your company is running the program there will be an assessment round to find out if there are enough people in the company with artworks or photos that you would want to display in the office. This assessment round helps us to determine if the program can go forward. If your company is doing an assessment round, everyone can skip filling out the artist profile, and just upload images.
What kind of art is accepted for display?
We can work with photography and other 2D artworks like drawings, graphic renderings, paintings, and printmaking. Any artworks that are already existing; such as painted canvas, metalwork or woodwork can be submitted as well.
Anyone of any skill level is invited to participate and we especially want the amateurs and hobbyists to send in images as well. Some of your staff are already professional artists who are accustomed to preparing their artworks for exhibition. A lot of your staff; however, might feel a bit overwhelmed by this idea. For amateurs or hobbyists, I will professionally edit and prepare their images to be printed.
If you are doing the full program -- tangible artworks that are not in a digital format (paintings, acrylics, sketches, hand made prints, fragile pieces) or pieces that otherwise don’t ship well will be mounted during my week onsite. Either I will prepare and ship frames from the shop I use, or I will find a professional shop that is local to you to work with.
Private Employee Art Program Community
This private community is the space where I will work with everyone who is participating. This program is not just about printing some pictures to put on the wall. Art connects and communicates in ways that language cannot. Engaging in the process is where we learn about ourselves and each other because we are trying, learning, failing and improving. That is where the team building takes place - experienced artists amongst your staff can share their skills with those who are just learning a visual craft and everyone will learn more about each other during the program. This process happens in the creative community.
Your employees have full access to the community for one calendar year from kickoff date. We have a focused six week period in which anyone can submit work to be considered for display. See our timeline on your company program home page.
I work with your staff in groups and one on one when possible to help them select and prepare works for submission. There will be image critique, photo editing sessions, and guest artists in disciplines matching your staff’s submissions.
If you have questions or want to have a conversation, this is the best place to find me. You can participate as much or as little as you want to here.
Yourself or someone you appoint needs to be a part of the community. You have a private group to communicate only with people participating in your own company. We will have group meetings to discuss, critique, and share amongst ourselves.
There is also a public forum to share your art and discuss with people from other companies. Sometimes our guest artists hang out here as well.
This is also where you'll hear about special meetings with our guest artists for meet the artist, critiques of submissions, lecture style presentations, and how-to talks demonstrating their technique.
Exhibition Agreement with Employee Art Program and with Your Staff
Read the Artist and Exhibitor Agreement. Employee Art Program, your company as the Exhibitor and all Artists who participate in this program agree to be governed by this same agreement.
Submitting artwork for exhibition consideration shall be deemed to be an acceptance of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Your Program Wrap Up To-Dos
This video and information will be on a page that you probably want to share and promote publicly.
Click the button above to go to a form where you can complete this to-do. Either upload a short video of yourself or enter some information that you would like me to convey and I will record the video for you. A video from your cell phone or sitting in front of your desk camera will work just fine. This video will be posted on a page showing the images that were selected for display in your office.
What you want to cover in your wrap-up video:
- What happens next? When do you expect artworks to arrive and will there be any celebration or activities in the office when artworks arrive to be hung.
- Thank local artists who supported your program or any staff who gave extra effort to make this program happen.
- Do you have other arts programs or community efforts you want to call attention to?
If we are doing the full program, I will be coming to your office for one week to hang artworks and meet your staff. For anything other than the full program, we need to coordinate who will be hanging the artworks.
In either case there is no quick form to fill out for this step. We willl work out details over email or via conversations in your private community.