A Non-profit Conversation

February 24, 2014

As some readers already know, I’m vacationing in the Southwest, a beautiful but decidedly different part of the country.  I have the good fortune of finding what I call “like-minded” people where-ever I travel. Here’s my advice: visit non-profit art collectives, museum shops and craft associations. It never fails to happen that a conversation is easily started….

“Thanks for supporting the artists by your purchase” is a universal deal closer. I generally then remark that I work for a non-profit and that begins a conversation. Often I’m asked for a business card or our website info by the time the next customer is ready to make their purchase. I find that in these places I’m asked more detailed questions about Latham Centers than almost anywhere else; the exception being parents and special needs conferences. Artists and artisans seem to have an extraordinary ability to “get” our work and understand our passion. I like to think they see us as a work of art. As I appreciate their talent, it seems they appreciate ours. So, if you ever find yourself in a position to support them, whether you are shopping locally or while on vacation, please consider doing so.

Submitted by:
Chris Gallant

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”
~Vincent van Gogh

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