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Welcome to ARTvision Atlanta 2013!
[ARTvision-8] “The Promise of Peace: Art Innovating Life”
Posted on: 12 August 2013 (updated on 15 September 2013)

Online prospectus for New & Returning Artists
Thanks for taking a few minutes to read more about our exciting 8th year of fundraising for
Positive Impact. Our theme this year adds another level to your already generous gift: offer something that can help raise money, to be sure, but that can also - however you see fit - help change the world for the better. “The Promise of Peace: Art Innovating Life” is a nod to artists around the world who work to make their lives - and the lives of their fans, family and friends - more robust, prosperous and peaceful.

Speaking of peaceful images, there are countless amateur shooters out there on Instagram & Hipstamatic, so this year we’ve launched our first-ever “
ARTvision Squared: Images with Impact.” This is a competition in conjunction with the main event that has already garnered a number of entries - and participating is easy. For more, go to the ARTvision Squared page - and make sure to share that page with your friends!

What is ARTvision?
ARTvision Atlanta is an online and in-person celebration of the arts, representing works from emerging and established artists that create new funding and resources for our beneficiary, Positive Impact. PI provides critical, culturally competent
mental-health, prevention and substance-abuse services for those living with HIV in Atlanta and surrounding areas - and will benefit greatly from your participation.

ARTvision was originally an online-only art show as an outgrowth of Will Pollock’s annual New Year’s Even gourmet-pizza party. Today, we’re in our third year of holding ARTvision as a stand-alone event.

We will once again be a juried show, managed by Will Pollock, Michael Baker and Brenda Knosher. The more detailed you can be in your submission, the greater chance it will be accepted for our final show.

ARTvision & Positive Impact: By the Numbers
The funds we raise for PI are critically important to the agency. Keep in mind two important metrics as we enter into our seventh year of fund-raising:

• For every $100 raised, Positive Impact is able to provide one hour of mental-health counseling to those affected by HIV.
• For each $1,300 we earn, PI can provide an entire year of counseling for one individual.

There’s much more to what PI does, and ARTvision funds directly support those other areas as well. The agency pays out $330.75 for each individual risk reduction; at the same time, for each HIV infection the agency prevents, there is a public health cost savings of more than $110,000. A study done at the agency in 2008 indicated 11 new infections had been prevented.

On PI’s substance-abuse side, the treatment program has a success rate that is 50% higher than the national average. PI clients receive more than DOUBLE the national average number of mental health sessions per year, resulting in significant treatment success.

With a budget of more than $2.2 million, PI serves over 5,000 clients annually. The agency provides 7,200 hours of counseling service – all free of charge. Which means that funds raised through ARTvision create essential support for that effort. PI is the only HIV-service organization in Georgia (possibly the Southeast) to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The agency has been hit hard by sequester cuts, so our fundraising is more important than it ever has been. And what we raise is unencumbered by strings or benchmarks - it goes directly to the agency to help support their mission.

ARTvision Inspiration
Launched in 2006, ARTvision was conceived by Will Pollock to honor his aunt, Betsy Weedon, who was a philanthropic leader in San Francisco's Bay Area for more than 40 years. Betsy lost a fight with cancer in April 2006. Since its inception, ARTvision has proudly raised more than $40,000 for three separate charities. Positive Impact has been the beneficiary since 2008. (read more)

Our event will once again be held at Stone Four Studios at Studioplex Atlanta #131. Our preview night also will be returning, followed the next night by our gala evening, complete with entertainment, food and drinks. More on that to follow.

For those of you who don’t know, Will Pollock will be releasing “
Pizza for Good,” a chronicle of how ARTvision sprung out of his annual themed-pizza party on New Year’s Eve. The book will be published by Agate Digital as an eBook on 5 November 2013. Look for news about a release party as well - we want you there! Fifty percent of after-cost proceeds also will benefit Positive Impact.

What are Next Steps?
Give us an idea about what you’d like to put before the jury, and please put these deadlines on your calendar:

• Deadline for
submissions (both for the main event and #AVSquared): Tuesday 17 Sept. 2013 (the AV jury will convene in mid October)
• Notification e-mails sent: Monday 21 Oct. 2013*
• Deadline for physical pieces to Atlanta: Tuesday 12 Nov. 2013 (preferably earlier)

* If for some reason our production schedule doesn’t adhere to this date, please hold your submissions until you hear from us. Reach out to Will Pollock or Michael Baker at any time with questions.

Remember: Your submitted piece represents a 100% donation – meaning, the buyer claims the tax deduction and gets to bring the piece home. Any pieces not sold will be returned to you or submitted to the ARTvision permanent collection, on display at Stone Four Studios in Atlanta. Important to note: the piece or pieces ALWAYS remain your property until sold through donation. You also have the option to donate your piece to Positive Impact rather than have it shipped back to you. In return, we do not charge an entry fee and we offer lots and lots of free exposure for your artwork and other artistic pursuits.

Ready to submit?
Go directly to our submission page and fill out the form. As always, e-mail us with any questions or problems you may have.

Thank you so much for reading, for your generosity, and for your friendship! Please take some time to review and
contact us with any questions. Enjoy your summer!