‘Tis the season for cheer and festivities, and Ornament Auctions!
I had the bug to want to organize an event this holiday season. I wanted to revive an Ornament Auction, an event that I’ve hosted in New Mexico when I was serving as President of the local AIGA chapter. I have to say; it was by far one of my favorite holiday events that I really couldn’t have done without the enlightenment and support of one of our previous Presidents of the NM chapter. Anyway, I didn’t want to do this on my own, because what fun is that? Also, what better way than to come together with the locals of Denver and Colorado Springs. So, I brought together Cottonwood Center for the Arts and AIGA Colorado with Design5sixty4 to host a fun and festive Holiday Party and Ornament Auction.
An event like Ornament Auction pulls in a great deal of community support.
One is, we get to call all creatives and artists to submit an ornament that they donate in-kind to the cause. We received over 200 ornaments for this event, handcrafted of glass, ceramic, paper, origami, and mini paintings inspired by Picasso – to name a few. Once we hung them for the event, that was about 80 sets of ornaments for auction. The Ornament Auction serves as a great way to get artist names out there and support the creative industry in communities. During the auction, we had many bidders going at it on their favorite ornaments.
The holiday party and ornament auction is set up as a fundraiser for the non-profits involved in supporting the communities they serve. There’s a little bit of information about each of them below. The funds earned will go to support upcoming events, classes, workshops throughout the year of 2018. Stay tuned, Colorado – we are planning to host another one in December 2018. And a big THANK YOU to everyone involved in making our inaugural Holiday Party and Ornament Auction a success!
Cottonwood Center for the Arts
Cottonwood Center for the Arts is more than just an arts organization. They promote the exploration of a creative life through the process of creating art or enjoying art as a patron in the community, Cottonwood strives for everyone to have access to the highest quality arts and culture our fabulous city has to offer. They work to create a thriving arts district in downtown Colorado Springs as well as an environment for a thriving arts community, leaving a legacy of arts, culture, and beauty to future generations.
AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.
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