In celebration of #GivingTuesday, a roundup of ideas to support the arts in creative ways

Visitors at the Sketching Gallery at the Getty Center

One good way to support art: make some!

#GivingTuesdayDecember 3 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, started last year by the United Nations Foundation and the 92d Street Y to celebrate the spirit of generosity by balancing days of giving thanks and getting deals with one for giving back.

If the arts feed your spirit throughout the year, how can you support them on #GivingTuesday? We put our heads together and pooled 19 simple ideas to be an arts philanthropist.

With Your Time

  • Volunteer to hang student artwork at a local school.
  • Visit a museum, gallery, performance, or festival (and share your experience).
  • Lend your unique skills to a local museum, school, or arts organization.

With Creativity

  • Enroll in a dance, theater, music, or art class (and you’ll support an art teacher, too).
  • Draw something and send it to somebody you care about.
  • Craft something fun, creative, and uniquely you.
  • Use the art of the past for inspiration—make a sketch, poem, collage or digital mashup.
La Santa Cecilia at Saturdays Off the 405 at the Getty Center

Going to a concert? Yep, that’s supporting the arts. (La Santa Cecilia at Saturdays Off the 405)

With a Small (But Meaningful) Purchase

  • Buy an artwork from a local artist, artisan, or student.
  • Donate food or beverages to an art gallery for an opening.
  • Give art supplies to a local classroom.
  • Become a member of a museum.
  • Subscribe to an art journal or buy an art book.

With Your Voice

  • Write a letter to your local school board voicing your support for funding for the arts.
  • Tell Congress you support the arts and arts education.
  • Say why #ArtMatters to you.

With Dialogue

  • Join a gallery crawl, museum tour, artist’s talk, or art meetup.
  • Leave a comment on an artist’s website explaining what you like about his or her work.
  • Follow a local arts organization on social media—Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram—and subscribe to their blogs.

What ideas have we missed for giving to (and receiving from) the arts? Let us know!