Rowan Helping Ministries take Christmas Honor Card artist submissions
It’s just June, but the Christmas Honor Card, a Rowan Helping Ministries fundraising tradition, is on the minds of organizers.
If you’re a local artist, Rowan Helping Ministries is accepting submissions for this year’s card.
The card has been a Rowan Helping Ministries tradition for two decades. It gives artists a chance to support the community through the nonprofit and is also a way for supporters to honor their friends, a co-worker, a family member or others by making a minimum $5 donation to Rowan Helping Ministries.
Artists must deliver artwork to Rowan Helping Ministries by July 8. By July 9, a committee will choose the artwork.
The artwork can be 5-by-7 inches, 7-by-10 inches, 9-by-121/2 inches or 10-by-14 inches. Organizers ask artists to make sure to bleed the color outside the dimension chosen to allow for cropping and the signature should also be well inside the dimension lines.
Rowan Helping Ministries Executive Director Kyna Foster said it is always interesting to see the different art that is submitted.
“One thing we love is hearing the story behind the art. Sometimes and lately the art has related to our purpose and mission and how that inspired the art,” Foster said.
Some create art based on the organization’s purpose, but it is not required. The theme and title of the artwork is up to the artist.
The sale of the card each year is one of the largest and most important fundraising events for Rowan Helping Ministries, said Kimberly Collins, director of resource development and community relations.
Collins said fundraising events help provide for the basic needs of Rowan County citizens in times of crisis. “Through the strong support of our community, thousands of individuals and families are fed, sheltered or helped to remain in their homes with utilities connected,” Collins said.
Last year, Rowan Helping Ministries raised $26,000, she said.
The artist and the chosen card is usually unveiled in the fall and available for sale thereafter at local shops and Rowan Helping Ministries.
For more information about submitting artwork for the Honor Card, contact Kimberly Collins at 704-637-6838, ext. 103. Rowan Helping Ministries is located at 226 N. Long St., Salisbury.