Our Inaugural Event Was A Success

Independent Artists for Charity had its first event Thursday night and we were able to raise a hundred dollars through donations and selling of independent artwork. We will be planning another event for August, but until then enjoy some pictures from our first event.

Interview with Locust Moon Comics owner Josh O’Neill


I have been putting together pictures and video for Locust Moon Comics in order to create a promotional video series for them in exchange for their gallery space for our charity event. I had the pleasure of filming an interview the other day with one of the owners Josh O’Neill (UPenn ’08) for their promotional series, as well as taking some pictures of the store for their own social media uses. Here are some of the pictures I took over the course of the past few weeks.

FBI: We Know Who Robbed the Gardner Museum

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Federal and museum officials updated the public with new developments in the half-billion-dollar robbery, one of the largest art heists in history.

BySara Jacobi and Roberto Scalese

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BOSTON, MA — FBI officials announced today they know who committed one of the biggest art heists in history, but they still need the public’s help to locate the 13 missing pieces of art.

“The FBI believes with a high degree of confidence in the years after the theft the art was transported to Connecticut and the Philadelphia region and some of the art was taken to Philadelphia where it was offered for sale by those responsible for the theft,”  said Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston FBI office. “With that same confidence we have identified the thieves who are members of a criminal organization with a base in the mid-Atlantic states and New England.”


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Street Art To Combat Street Harassment Faced By Women

Street Art To Combat Street Harassment Faced By Women.

A very compelling article about an street artist fighting sexual harassment on the streets with her artwork. A bigger percentage of women than I would like to admit (myself included) are submitted to sexual harassment by men asking them to smile on the street, or calling them baby, sweetheart, while they are traveling from point A to B. It’s not flattering, it’s not cute, it leaves women with a bad taste in their mouths.

Calling all artists!

We are now taking submissions for the first Independent Artists for Charity event at Locust Moon Comics on April 4th! If you would like a chance to show your work in a gallery and help to raise money for a good cause, please submit your artwork to us. We will accept all styles of artwork, from abstract to sculpture, from illustration to printmaking. Any artist can submit a maximum of five pieces of artwork per event. While submitting you can send pictures of more than five pieces of artwork, but please know (just to be fair for everyone) only five will be accepted into the show per artist.  All submissions must in be original, complete works of art. The artwork can be in any medium (except media related), and you must email us at indieartistsforcharity@gmail.com with a picture of or link to the work(s) that you plan to submit one week prior to the event (deadline to submit is March 28th).We WILL NOT be accepting walk ins with artwork. You must contact us via email one week before the event if you are planning to submit. 

If an artist sells their work at our event, they will receive a percentage no less than 40% of the original asking price. The rest will be given to the charity we will be supporting at the event, Jumpstart. Independent Artists for Charity is not taking any of the money that is made from artists’ work for our own benefit or to fund future events. Locust Moon will also not be taking a gallery commission for any artwork sold at this event.

Please note that once your work has been accepted, you will be required to frame your work for the gallery show and sign a waiver giving IAC permission to show your work at Locust Moon Comics. Framed artwork tends to sell better in a gallery, and makes you look more professional as an artist. Your adjusted price for your artwork may include the frame. All approved framed artwork will be delivered to Caroline Boyd by April 3rd (delivery of said artwork will be discussed via email). 

If you have any other questions please contact us via Facebook or email.


We have a charity to support for our first event: Jumpstart

We at IAC have been searching for a children’s charity to support for our first event on April 4, and I’m happy to say we finally found one. Independent Artists for Charity will be supporting Jumpstart for our first event. Jumpstart is a national organization with locations in every major US city. They train college students and Corps members to serve pre-school children from low income neighborhoods and teach them language and literary skills so they may get a jump start on their education. They are also celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Jumpstart has recently been in the limelight through Ben and Jerry’s with their new Greek Frozen Yogurt, Liz Lemon (a 30 Rock flavor). All royalties that Tina Fey receives from the flavor will be given to the national organization of Jumpstart, but sadly that money doesn’t always trickle down to all the cities Jumpstart is located in. The Philadelphia branch of Jumpstart is located at Temple University, and all the money we raise will go straight back into the Philadelphia community. Everyone should have a fair chance at a decent education, and Jumpstart gives these kids an opportunity for a better life. All proceeds from our event on April 4 will be going straight to Jumpstart, whether you buy a piece of artwork or just give a donation. So come on out and help us give some kids a brighter future.

You can check out Jumpstart’s website at jstart.org

Visit the Parkway with the family on St. Patrick’s Day weekend

Many people see St. Patrick’s Day and the weekend before it an excuse to go drink in an Irish bar, get drunk, and…..well that’s pretty much it. But the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation have some family friendly activities planned during the day to keep you and your family busy (and away from those having a bit too much fun).

 The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a Harry Potter themed Scavenger Hunt on March 16 beginning at 2pm. Search for themes and characters from the magical world in art hanging in the galleries, and enchanted objects from the Harry Potter series. (This scavenger hunt is not an addition to or variation of Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a bridge to wonderful works of art). Children ages 10 and up must be accompanied by an adult. The price for the scavenger hunt is $30 for children, $36 for adults (which includes admission to the museum). If you or a loved one is a Harry Potter fan, you don’t want to miss out. The Philadelphia Museum of Art also has an entire Sunday planned for you and your children full of family friendly activities. Beginning at 10:15am, there is an Early Bird Read and Look that meets in the West Lobby (recommended age group 3-5). Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy picture books and art projects in the galleries of the museum. (Tickets are free with admission, but you do need to reserve them when you enter the museum). From 11am to 2pm there is a Medieval Art Stop in the Great Stair Hall Balcony, where children who love history can learn the secrets behind making armor, stained glass, masonry, and painted panels. (Free with admission). There are also two family tours of the museum beginning at 11:30am. The Family Gallery Tour (recommended age group 6-10) covers the Modern Marvels of the museum, and the Tours for Tots (recommended age 3-5) is a moving tour of the museum, complete with arts and crafts, hands on activities, and designed for preschoolers and their families. Both tours meet in the West Lobby at the Family Cart, and you do need to reserve your free tickets when you enter the museum. And from 12pm to 3pm, families can meet in Gallery 169 for Drawing Together (all ages) to test out their drawing skills or just have some fun. Artists on hand will provide art supplies for you to doodle or create a masterpiece for the fridge.

The Barnes Foundation also has family friendly events on March 16th and 17th. Artsee Activities are fun arts and crafts sessions that will teach your children how to make friendship key bracelets, designing a bag, and assembling an “unlock the mystery” storybook. The Saturday, March 16th session is from 11am to 1pm, and the Sunday, March 17th session is from 1pm to 3pm. Tickets can be bought at the admissions desk. If you have time, take a stroll around the museum as well.

All in all, you can make a full weekend for the family with any of these activities. Get your kids interested in art and culture early, that appreciation lasts a lifetime.