by Jillian Douglas

The Art House Co-op are the brilliant people behind The Sketchbook Project, which you might’ve heard of before. Both Ashley and I participated in it last year, and though it’s super challenging, it was exciting to be part of such a huge community art project!

So, coming from the same people is a new project, one that is completely free (besides postage and supplies): The 10×10 Series. The Art House Co-op basically offers “10 new community art projects in 10 weeks to celebrate our Year of Inspiration.” And every project is free!

There is one project you can sign up for right now: The 4 x 6 Exchange 2. The 4 x 6 Exchange 2 shares the joy of receiving art in the mail; after you sign up, you send in a 4 x 6 piece of art that will be swapped with someone else’s around the world. So not only do you get the joy of creating something, but you receive a little piece of art, too! Know that to be a part of this project you must sign up before March 1, and watch out, because there is limited availability…

One of the past projects in The 10×10 Series is The Jar Project, in which the Co-op sends each participant a jar that they have to fill or decorate in some way. I’m so bummed that all the slots are already taken! But I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of all of them together… maybe I’ll make my own little installation of jars. Hehe.

I really do want to do one of these small projects, just to jump-start some creativity in my life. The Art House Co-op is just one more thing to add to my list of Why I Need to Move to New York City. But meanwhile I’ll enjoy still being a part of one of these awesome collaborations!

What do you think? Are you inspired to join any of these projects? I can’t wait to see what the Co-op offers next!

2 More Awesome Art Opportunities:

Hey Hot Shot! The International Photography Competition is a contest for photographers “of all stages of their careers” that offers a lot of different ways to be found (through weekly newsletters, a 20×200 book, and even a gallery exhibition of your photography). These competitions are ongoing, but the deadline for the current one is March 14.


The 6 x 6 Exhibition held in Rochester by the Rochester Contemporary Art Center collects thousands of original art pieces from international and local artists that are only 6×6″ and displays the collection this summer. They also sell the artwork to raise money for the RCAC. Many celebrities (including Danny Wegman!) even submit artwork, although every piece is exhibited anonymously until after the exhibition. Submissions must be postmarked by May 5th!


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