by Janet Glatz
There are two sides to this question: A resounding, "Never!" and a kindly, "Why not?"
Those who would never donate talk about "devaluing their work" or "working for nothing."
I guess this depends on why you make art. Do you want people to see and appreciate it? Do you want it to make peoples' lives better? If the answer is no, then I guess we know where you stand.
However, those who believe in donating art find some surprising benefits to the practice:
I have donated art quite a few times. Sometimes the response from the organization is kind of meh, but often, the reaction is delight and admiration. Who doesn't need a dose of that sometimes?
Try giving a small piece or two to a cause that speaks to you. I don't believe you'll regret it for a minute, and you'll add to the giving tree a bit at a time.