Art & Social Responsibility

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Have I ever told you about The Working Proof?  It's a wonderful art organization (conceived by Anna Corpron & Sean AuYeung in Brooklyn, NY) where independent illustrators design limited edition prints that are released for sale weekly on The Working Proof website and e-newsletter.

A considerable 15% from each print sale goes to a charity of the illustrator's choosing making it a win-win situation for anyone looking to support charitable causes and emerging artists.

Here are three of my favourite prints that have been featured on the site so far:

"Proof: Burden"

by Samantha Hahn for the Kids in Need Foundation

"Wildlife of Vietnam"
Brendan Wenzel for the Jane Goodall Institute


by Linda Kim for the 
Kids in Need Foundation

Luckily, great minds think alike as Judy Tan operates a similar venture in Portland, OR called tanQ where consumers can purchase limited edition t-shirts to support a different non-profit organization each month. With the motto of "1 tee, 1 month, 1 good deed", tanQ will donate 100% of the net profits from each sale for the first 12 months tanQ is in existence (est. Sept. 2010). 

My favourite tanQ so far is this super cute pencil tee from by Yas Imamura of Quill & Fox Design

"Pencil Personalities"
Yas Imamura for Pencils of Promise

Featuring 12 classic yellow school pencils with various quirks and quarks (I'm the perfectionist!), each tee comes with a collector's greeting card and a mini button all in support of tanQ's December charity pick, Pencils of Promise.

What do you think of these start-ups connecting artists and national or global not-for-profits? Have you ever purchased anything from The Working Proof or tanQ?

Image Credits
4, 5, 6: Yas Imamura via tanQ 

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