Kid Art Auction for Earth Day 2009!

Remember Springtime last year? When Declan has this fab idea to hold an art sale in our backyard and then Nadine suggested we take in online and we did and we raised nearly $800 for environmental causes? Mmm? Remember that?

It’s baaaack!

This year, my co-chair Amy (aka @fruitlady) and I decided to get things going in plenty of time time for you all to have HEAPS AND HEAPS of art for the auction. Let’s take it all to a new level this year! Amy is already talking to her school art teacher to get her son’s classes involved. Talk about a ROCKIN’ start!

Whadya say? Wanna play?

This year, the beneficiary will be The Nature Conservancy. It is their mission to “preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.” Kinda perfect for Earth Day, right?

———- FOR PARENTS ———-

1. Have your little artist (aged 17 or younger) draw, paint, scribble… whatever… a masterpiece no larger than 24″ or weighing more than 13 ounces. Or take from their stock, seeing as we all have stacks and stacks of their artwork sitting around, right? Please be sure careful about what artwork you pick though – do not reveal anything too private! This *is* the online world, after all! You do NOT have to be a blogger to participate! Come one, come all!

2. Have your kid(s) agree to donate their artwork to the 2nd annual Kids Art Auction for Earth Day.

3. By participating, you agree to incur the shipping costs of your kid’s artwork to whoever “wins” their piece. To help keep this cost reasonable, the auction is restricted to the USA and Canada only.

4. Take a nice, clear digital photo of the piece you are donating.

5. Make sure you are a Flickr member (it’s free!), and the join the Kid Art Auction For Earth Day 2009 Group.

6. Add the photo of your child’s artwork to the Kid Art Auction For Earth Day 2009 Pool.

7. Once the bidding closes (UPDATED: April 30th, 2009) and you receive confirmation of their donation, ship the art to the winner!

———- FOR BIDDERS ———-

1. Visit the Kid Art Auction For Earth Day 2009 Pool and peruse the masterpieces from all the kids participating.

2. Bidding starts at $5.00 for every work of art.

3. Make comments on each piece of art’s Flickr page to place your bids.

4. Closing date and time for the auction is 8pm Mountain time, April 30, 2009.

5. After the closing time, I will go through the Flickr pool and finalize the winning bids.

6. Winners will be notified via Flickr mail! So please be a member of Flickr!

7. Once you know you are a winner, please make a donation in the winning amount to: THE NATURE CONSERVANCY. All donations are tax deductible. If you bid on multiple pieces, add your total together to make 1 total contribution.

8. Once you have confirmation of your donation, copy and paste it into a Flickr mail to the parent of the artist (deleting any confidential information, of course!) and the parent will view that as a receipt for the donation. Let’s all play nice here – OK? No cheating? This will be totally fun for the kids and it’s for the earth, right???

9. Include your shipping information in the Flickr mail, and the parent will then ship (via the cheapest mail delivery option) your won artwork to you!

———- FOR BLOGGERS ———-

1. If you are a parent, have your kid(s) participate!

2. Either way, spread the word – via blog post or email or retweet! Below are badges for you to use! Please link back to *this post* to provide more info.

3. Follow @kidartauction on Twitter for all the latest details.

4. Stumble this post! And thanks to Isabel and PBS SuperSisters for promoting it! Please add your post too!





Thank you thank you thank you!

P.S. Extra special props to Izaac from last year for the awesome earth artwork in the logo!

This article has 34 comments

  1. zeghsy

    oh, i’m SO linking this. and asking the monkey if she wants to as well.

  2. zipper

    glad this is back again!

  3. Meghann

    I do believe I’ll have Lindsay and Ryan participate. 🙂

  4. Anonymous

    What a great idea! Will start working!

  5. fruitlady

    I’m in and post is going up right now! Plus I’m going to RT and follow @kidartauction on Twitter. Whew! So excited!

  6. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    thank you everyone! you are awesome!

  7. Autumn

    I just put the link on my blog to help get the word outr. I’ll try and talk my son into participating too!

  8. Judith Shakespeare

    I’ll go out and get some fresh canvas this evening. My little man is looking forward to taking part!!

  9. nutmeg

    Locked and loaded!

  10. Heather Sitarzewski

    Fantastic! Just give the “Zooski” kid one more reason to create something beautiful and support a great cause! We’re in! Thanks Aimee!!! =)

  11. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Yay yay yay! So glad we were able to give people more time this year! It all came together so fast last year!

  12. Missy

    Looking forward to at least one of my kids participating.
    I’ll get the word out too!

  13. kristin

    awesome! you know you can count on a little artist in this house

  14. Isabel Kallman

    This is fabulous.

    I just stumbled this. PLease give this a thumbs up if you have an account.

    I will be writing about it on Alpha Mom as well.

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  16. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Awesome! Thanks so much Isabel!!

  17. Preeti Singhal

    This is a rocking idea. Great job you guys.

  18. Oz

    We are in! The art will be abstract. Very abstract. Hopefully the paint will end up on the paper.

  19. Christine

    I’m down. Or in. Or however the kids are saying it these days.

    AWESOME idea!

  20. Kary Rivera

    Just showed this to Carrie and she is excited to participate!

  21. Laurie

    Love this! Thanks for doing it again!

  22. Lil Sis

    Can’t wait!!!!! …. just wondering what to do if we never got our art we “won” from last years?????? Never received a bunch of earth’s or the one I won from emerson i think?? xoxox

  23. Katy Saunders

    I can’t wait to do this with my girl. She’ll love it!

    I also posted to 3 mom’s groups in East Denver. stapleton moms, 80220 moms, and Lowry Little Ones. Hope you’ll see some action!

  24. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    thanks thanks thanks everyone!

    Also, we are in the Cleveland paper online today!

  25. Anonymous

    What about photos? My almost 3 year old is a photog already, it’s his medium.

  26. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    As long as it’s artwork from a kid, it’s welcome! Thanks!

  27. Kristin

    If your kids need a creation space, come to My Art Workshop in Littleton! We have a great preschool workshop where kids can paint and create and then a whole workshop full of project ideas from mosaics to clay to wood sculpting. Check us out at for more info or call 303-948-3598. Imagination is welcome here!

  28. anniemcq

    This is such an amazing idea, Amy. I am going to get JH in on this. I’ll post some links on my blog as well. LOVE it, love it, love it!

  29. Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

    Great idea!!!

    I just uploaded mine:

  30. ScottChrisCoriCassiCali

    Hi. I read about your project a week or so ago. I shared it with my daughter’s 5/6th grade glass and suggested they participate. Well, they have been working on their art ever since. I will begin uploading their photos over the weekend. There will be approximately 25 participating artists from Alaska. 🙂

    I adore your idea and am anxious to see how it works for our kids. We may want to pursue it more next year.

    We’ll be spreading the word!

  31. Hazel

    Wow!This would be great. I will pass the word around. I am part of the Bizymoms Denver community. Can we have a listing here Moms would love this.

  32. ScottChrisCoriCassiCali

    ARGGGHHH! I am in charge of doing this for our kids and I am reading I can only add 3 per day? Do you know how I can circumvent this? Maybe I am wrong. I hope anyway. I’ve now got parents looking for their child’s artwork online and I can’t get it there. Plus it will leave less time for bidding. Help! 🙂

  33. KBasiaga

    This is a supercute idea!

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