2017: Molly Olly’s Wishes
Stratford Upon Avon, UK
Curator: Cat Salter-Smith
The 2017 charity supports children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families to help with their emotional wellbeing. This is done in various ways. They grant ‘wishes’ to the value of approximately £500, which can be be for therapeutic equipment to aid both physical and emotional wellbeing or can be a day out for the family to spend some much needed quality time together.
The exhibition ran from April 1st through April 19th, 2017 and received a total of 1000 entries.
2016: Foster Pride
New York, NY, USA
Curator: Isha Setia
The 2016 charity supported by TAE was Foster Pride’s “Handmade” Program, in which young women in foster care learn to create and market a unique line of handmade goods.
A close to 1000 cards send in by artists from 35 countries around the world.
Exhibition ran from March 31 – April 21 in the Trygve Lie Gallery, 317, East 52nd St, New York.
2015: Home-Start Moss
Curator: David Sandum
In 2015, Twitter Art Exhibit: Moss benefited Home-Start Moss, a nonprofit organization helping families in need. Home-Start believes that every child deserves the best start in life. By matching experienced volunteers to families with young children, Home-Start provides support that is free to the family, confidential, and based on individual needs. Volunteers do not make judgements or tell the parents how to live their lives; instead, they try to encourage confidence and independence, and help families build their own networks of friends and other support.
The Moss exhibition ran from March 12th through March 26th, 2015 and received a total of 620 entries.
2014: Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes
Orlando, FL, USA
Curator: Robin Pedrero
The CCD’s Special Needs classes serve students with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and cerebral palsy, including those requiring the use of a wheelchair.
The Orlando exhibition ran from March 20 to April 11, 2014, raising $7,050 for the Center for Contemporary Dance’s Special Needs Classes. These funds (100% of the proceeds) allowed 11 students to receive dance instruction for a full year, free of charge. All classes are conducted in accordance with the National Standards for Dance Education and include customized exercises that expand the student’s range of motion, creativity and social skills. Class work is further designed to enhance skills in memorization, problem-solving and communication. See their website here.
2013: Art Division
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Curators: Nat George, Virginia Arce
Art Division is a nonprofit organization that mentors underprivileged young adults (18-24) in the densely populated Rampart district of Los Angeles in preparation for careers in the visual arts. See their website here.
The L.A. show marked the launch of the Twitter Art Exhibit concept on the international stage, and ran from January 12 to February 10, 2013, attracting 502 artists from 35 countries who sent 726 entries, raising $7,000 for Art Division (100% of the proceeds). Art Division is constantly evolving to provide mentoring, tutoring, and professional arts training to its students whom, without these services, are likely to fall through the cracks of L.A.’s educational system, preventing them from pursuing a college education or developing their incredible innate artistic talent. Funds raised from the exhibition went to help build a new library and painting studio, providing a safe environment where these young artists can study, be mentored, and attend lectures by professional art educators.
2012: Women’s Shelter
Curator: David Sandun
The Women’s Crisis Center in Moss, Norway is a resource where abused women and children can get help. The center also provides a 24 hour phone-service, counseling, food and shelter. At the time of the exhibit, it had lost a lot of funding and the staff had been cut from 19 to 11. This is a very important cause, not only for the women in a crisis situation but also for their children. See their website here.
The exhibit ran in May of 2012 and was another success! Together with 360 artists from 32 countries, we helped raise $4,000 USD (24,000 NOK). 100% of the proceeds went to the shelter.
2010: Children’s books for Moss public library
Curator: David Sandum
The first exhibit was announced on October 21, 2010, and was organized to help the Moss public library raise funds for children’s books. 260 twitter artists from 24 countries participated and David’s kitchen was flooded with art! The event went national and garnered local recognition in Norwegian media (TV, radio and newspapers). To read the blog post from the 1st Twitter Art Exhibit and view comments from participating artists, please click here.
For pictures of individual cards, see: http://davidsandumart.posterous.com/100-close-up-photos-from-the-twitter-art-exhi
100% of the proceeds went directly to the charity, and with the funds raised, we were able to purchase 221 new children’s books