Artistry for charity
Ever since she learned about hardships that other countries have been facing, senior Samantha Chiang started performing charity work through her art.
Chiang first learned of this after participating in a collaborative art magazine. The magazine, which features art pieces from Chiang and other artists, donates the funds earned to charities including Direct Relief, Environmental Defense Fund and Acadia Center. This gives Chiang the opportunity to contribute to many charities and organizations. Since then, she has participated in 12 magazine issues and plans on publishing her own once she is financially stable.
“I think it’s important for people to contribute to charity in any way they can as long as they’re making an effort to do so. There’s always someone out there who needs the help or the money, whether it’s on a Caribbean Island, refugees from Syria or the people in Flint,” Chiang said. “It’s better than thinking that just because it doesn’t affect us, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t help.”
When the magazine organizer announces that they are accepting applications, Chiang fills out an application with her art portfolio. After she gets accepted by the magazine organizer, she and a team of artists each create an illustration for the theme or main idea of each issue. Her work is compiled into a magazine that is available to purchase at an online shop. Some magazines she has been published under are Carnations, Wild Fyre and Closer to Home. The net income is then donated to a specific charity.
“It’s really satisfying to know that I can contribute my efforts and art to generate money so that people in other countries could get the help that they need,” Chiang said. “In addition to that, the people purchasing my art as well as the art of others gain some satisfaction as well. I’m just glad I can possibly make a change from over a thousand miles away.”
Chiang also participates independently with charities as well. She additionally sold art illustrations after posting ads online to raise money for those affected by hurricanes and donated the funds to Direct Relief, a non profit organization that helps with disaster relief in third world countries.
“Ignoring what’s going on or not doing anything about it is not helping. By making an effort and by putting even the smallest amount of energy into donations and helping out, people can make a difference,” Chiang said. “[My favorite part is] knowing that my efforts or money is going to something greater than myself. The smallest and simplest of actions can go a long way.”
By Sarah Lew, Opinion editor
Photo Courtesy of Samantha Chiang