Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Donors Choose: Graphically Cool!

Donors Choose is a wonderful funding platform that allows teachers in underfunded public school systems to appeal directly to citizens for help in funding special projects. Since 2000, they have raised more than $100 million to fund classroom projects in public schools across the country, reaching more than 6 million students. Donors Choose is a 501c3 organization, meaning your gift is tax deductible.

My girlfriend, a grade school librarian, has launched a campaign to expand her school's graphic novel section. They already have a good-sized GN section—especially considering that the school is in a high poverty district. But her students, a mixture of native English speakers and native Spanish speakers, can't get enough of our favorite art form! To try and meet demand and increase her graphic novel section, Kerrie has launched a Donors Choose campaign. I'd love it if you could check it out:


From now until February 18, Donors Choose is running a matching program, Enter the promotion code HEART and they will match your donation!

There's a wide variety of all-ages comic material on the list, and I hope you will choose to fund the project. Any amount you can spare will help. As an added incentive, I'll give away some artwork!

If you donate, you will receive a receipt from Donor's Choice within minutes of making a donation. Forward that receipt (it includes the amount you donated, but no personal/financial information) to this address: stevebryantart at gmail dot com.

For every $10 you donate, I'll enter you in a drawing for the original art to Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon #3 (pictured at the beginning of this blog post). The artwork measures 11x17 and is ink and brush on bristol board. In fact, it features some of the best drybrush work I've ever done! So if you donate $10 to the campaign, you're entered 1 time. If you donate $20, you have 2 entries. $30 will get you 3 entries, etc...
(I had considered contributing an original commission, but I have a backlog of folks that I plan to take care of later this month/early next, so offering an existing piece seems more fair).

Thanks for considering this! Hopefully, you'll join Kerrie and myself in inspiring a new generation of comic and graphic novel fans!