I have come across some neat ways artists are doing what they can to help raise money to fund relief efforts for Japan. I want to share them with you. If you choose to take part, whether you're donating art or purchasing it, you're helping. That's pretty great. Please feel free to leave any additions to this list in the comments. Thanks!
Call for Art: Art for Japan
The "Art For Japan" auction will be held in early April 2011. The call for art is happening now, so if you are an artist interested in helping with your art, here's one way. All funds will go to AmeriCares. AmeriCares is a nonpartisan and nondenominational organization which uses 99% of its revenue on its charitable programs. Art for Japan's organizers did homework to find a charity to donate to that upholds certain important standards and they found that AmeriCares rated four stars on CharityNavigator.org. I appreciate that fact. Art For Japan does not a web site yetbut you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. If you would like to contribute, deadline for receiving donations is March 31, 2011. I will be donating a couple of prints myself, so please stay tuned!
Raffle: Japan Quake Appeal by Bari J.
Bari J., a fabric, sewing pattern and surface designer extraordinaire, is holding a Japan relief raffle on her blog. The prize is fantastic - a beautiful handmade purse she made herself with her own Country Lane fabric. It is even made with one of her own sewing patterns (Hell-ooo! It this too cute, or what?!) She is also adding a pack of her Country Lane fabric as well as some cool charms to the raffle prize. Donating and joining the raffle is easy to do, and because you complete your donation before you officially enter the raffle, it's a nice feeling to know that your donation is already in the pipeline. Instructions are on her blog post (please click here and then scroll down to the second blog post on March 16, 2011.) The drawing will be held on March 26, 2011 so if you want to enter the raffle, don't wait!
Other sites: Kelly Light's Ripple Blog
the Ripple blog art auction started as a response to the New Orleans Gulf disaster. It was successful at both raising funds and connecting spirits to help New Orleans in its deepest time of need. Though Ripple is no longer an active "auction for relief" site, founder and creator Kelly Light is still posting new info to Ripple regularly, but this time she is sharing other web sites which feature similar ways for artists and art appreciators alike to help Japan in their time of need. Click here for info on Ripple about "Artists Help Japan","Illustration Rally", and "KidLit4Japan". For more additions to this list, please check the Ripple blog main page.