We're creating a totally unique non-profit art sales website that will be available for use by all visual artists in Santa Cruz County.
Santa Cruz County has the fifth largest population of artists per capita in the United States, according to a survey conducted by Atlantic Monthly Magazine in August, 2010 (the top 4 cities on the list are NYC, LA, SF, and Santa Fe) . The caliber of art in our County rivals that of any major metropolitan art scene. Yet the opportunities for Santa Cruz County artists to show and sell their work are few and far between in our County. And the vast creative resources we have are little known outside of the Bay Area.
Help Scotts Valley Artisans create this curated website that will highlight the hundreds of accomplished artists in Santa Cruz County, and bring our artists' original creations to a national audience.
We have a web designer in place and ready to build this website. We have a beginning group of 30 artists ready to begin selling their work on the site. And, we have a team in place ready to photograph, organize and describe the hundreds of images we will be loading onto this site, and reach out to the hundreds of other artists in our County who we know will want the opportunity to show and sell their artwork to a national audience. Some of these staff hours will be paid by funds raised, but the majority will be volunteer.
Once the site is built, the cost of management and maintenance will be paid by the small annual fee charged to artists to participate on the site (probably $50 per year). Ordering, shipping, returns, customer interaction, etc., will all be handled by the staff at Scotts Valley Artisans.
WHAT YOU CAN DO?
Any amount you can contribute will help us... $10 from many donors really adds up quickly. Whatever you can do to help us put Santa Cruz County artists on the map will be greatly appreciated, including forwarding this campaign on to friends and family.
President and Online Sales Program Director