Some teams intentionally create work for their office space that represents their company’s values or as a memory of their time spent together being creative.
The team bonding experience is important but if the team (or an individual) chooses not to keep their final painting, they can be donated to local organizations to bring a little cheer and color to the space.
This allows for a fun team building experience while also providing something to those who would otherwise not prioritize spending money on artwork for their walls. Corporate to Canvas donates art to organizations that help youth in transitional homes, foster programs, and nursing homes / elder care facilities - we're also happy to donate to an organization the team chooses.
Studies show that color can evoke emotions and imagery can influence mood. For individuals who may be experiencing some struggles, having artwork in their space may help to lighten their spirit.
In some instances, paintings that are being donated may be touched up. First, all the sides (and bottom) are painted so the painting looks complete when it is hanging on the wall. Painting the canvas on the sides of the wooden stretchers not only gives the painting a modern look, but also saves from having to frame it. Other touch ups may include cleaning up drips or paints that got “muddy” or mixed together. Since we use acrylic paint, it can be touched up easily once the paint has tried from the event!
In other instances, paintings are donated to a local independent art school for students to paint over and learn new skills. They always appreciate the materials and opportunity to improve their abstract paintings.
Most companies I’ve worked value giving back to their community. If they don't keep their art as a decoration and memory of their event, donating it is a wonderful way to bring the team together while also supporting others!
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Kimball Willson is a professional artist and the founder of Corporate to Canvas.