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artVenture Art Show and Auction is a state-wide fundraiser celebrating creativity, collaboration, and giving back!

Small groups of Girl Scouts work with artists to create a piece of art from conception to completion. The collaborative artwork is auctioned off to raise funds in support of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, allowing us to provide quality programming for all girls.

This event is made possible with involvement of Girl Scouts, local artists and business sponsors. We invite you to get involved!

artVenture 2023 Art Show and Auction

Saturday, April 22, 2023
Girl Reception: 1 – 2:30 p.m. (CT)
Silent Auction: 6 – 10 p.m. (CT)
UNO Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., Omaha

Artist Information

We're looking for artists across the state interested in collaborating with Girl Scouts to create works of art. We'll match you with a small group of Girl Scouts. As the artist, you oversee the collaborating and creating with the girls. The submission window for 2023 collaborations is closed, but you can still sign up for artVenture 2024!

Artists may also donate up to two pieces of your own artwork created solo without the involvement of Girl Scouts. The Donating Artist may choose to donate 100% of the final sale of the donated artwork, or split 50/50 between the council.

  • March 1 – Artwork Details Form due from donating artists - by sharing your details early, we will have the opportunity to promote your work via social media and potentially include your piece in our printed program
  • March 31Artwork Details Form due from collaborating artists

artVenture raises critical funds that build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is the only council in the country boasting this unique programmatic and fundraising partnership! 

Your artVenture sponsorship plays a vital role providing opportunities for Nebraska girls to have an outlet for creative expression at a time when they need it most.

If you are interested in sponsoring artVenture 2023, please contact Denise Moore at 402.779.8207 or via email.

artVenture FAQs

What is artVenture?

artVenture is a unique program and fundraising partnership benefitting Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. It is the only program of its kind across Girl Scout councils in the country and celebrating its 19th consecutive year. 

The program matches small groups of Girl Scouts with professional artists across Nebraska. Girls and artists collaborate to create original works of art to be sold during a silent auction event held each spring. As an extension of the fundraising portion of the program, artists also donate original pieces from their collections, with the proceeds benefitting Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska programming.

Through this project, girls learn a new art medium or technique, work closely with an artist (often in their studio), and get to know other girls interested in the same art form. Most girls also make a small piece of art to take home as a keepsake. Participating girls and their families are invited to a Girl Reception, where they can see the collaboration artwork on display and celebrate their contribution.

For Parents/Caregivers

How can my Girl Scout participate?

This year, girls have two options to choose from...

Council-Arranged Collaborations

Sign up for a traditional council-arranged collaboration, including options for in-person and virtual experiences. Those registered will receive a list of collaboration options to choose from in early January. Register early, limited space will be available.

Cost: $10* per girl, includes arranged collaboration, patch, and invitation to special Girl Reception.

*Collaborating artists also may charge each girl up to $25 for materials. Material fee details will be included in collaboration options listings.

  • Registration Closes: Sunday, January 8, 2023
  • Collaborations Take Place: Throughout February and March, 2023

Create-Your-Own Collaboration Team

Form a team of at least four Girl Scouts, an adult project leader (team contact), and an adult artist volunteer. You’ll design your own project, setting meeting dates and times that work best for you (teams must adhere to the artVenture 2023 artwork requirements and timelines).

Cost: $5* per girl, includes patch, and invitation to special Girl Reception.

*Collaborating artists also may charge each girl up to $25 for materials; this will vary by project and is to be worked out between the artist and the collaboration team.

  • Project Proposals Due: Sunday, January 8, 2023
  • Collaborations Take Place: Throughout February and March, 2023
  • Artwork Details Form and Girl Registration Due: Friday, March 31, 2023

How do I sign up my troop for the Create-Your-Own Collaboration?

You must submit a project proposal by Sunday, January 8, 2023. Program Specialist, Hailey Thiem, will review your proposal and give you the go ahead as soon as all details are finalized. You do not need to know who exactly will be participating in the collaboration at the time you turn in the proposal. You have until March 31, 2023, to register all participating girls and pay the $5 registration. A registration link will be sent to teams whose project proposals have been approved.

We finished our Create-Your-Own Collaboration, now what?

Once your Create-Your-Own Collaboration is done, you need to submit the Artwork Details Form.

You also need to register all participating girls and pay the $5 registration per girl by March 31, 2023. Participating Create-Your-Own Collaboration teams will receive a link to register after their project proposals are approved.

How will we get our Create-Your-Own Collaboration artwork to you for the auction?

The adult volunteer project leader and collaborating artist volunteer should coordinate with each other to determine who will drop off the Create-Your-Own Collaboration artwork for the auction. (See below “When can I drop off my donated or collaboration artwork?” in the Artists section.)

I signed my Girl Scout up for a council arranged artVenture 2023 collaboration, what happens next?

artVenture council-arranged collaborations look a little different across the state but no matter where you are you will be contacted by your program specialist after January 8, 2023, with collaboration options for your area. After looking through the options with your Girl Scout (details such as dates, times, location, and artist fees will all be included), you will submit her collaboration preferences. Next, you will receive an email confirming which collaboration she is in. Collaborations will occur through February and March, but that may vary slightly by area.

I’m registering my Girl Scout for artVenture. What is the additional artist material fee for?

The $5 (Create-Your-Own) or $10 (Council Arranged) registration fee is paid to Spirit of Nebraska council and covers a special artVenture 2023 patch for each girl as well as the expenses for the in-person and virtual artVenture Girl Reception that each girl and her family are invited to attend after all collaborations are completed.

Each collaborating artist donates their time, but they are allowed to charge up to $25 per girl for costs associated with materials for both the collaborative artwork and the individual take-home piece each girl keeps, and for preparing the artwork for display. Some charge nothing, others charge the full $25—it really depends upon the art project and the materials used. The material fees are paid directly to the artist at the time of the collaboration.

What happens during a collaboration?

Creativity and fun! The artists will have a general project idea in mind before they meet with the group, but the girls will also contribute their ideas, making it a collaborative effort. We ask the artists to talk a little about their own artist path-why and how they became an artist and what it means to be an artist. They will share their expertise in a particular medium or art form and will work together with the girls to create one collaborative piece that will go to the artVenture auction event. Each girl will also make a smaller piece to take home as a keepsake of her experience.

Where do collaborations take place?

This varies a great deal but most take place in the artist’s studio. This gives the girls a first-hand look at how artists work, their tools of the trade, etc. Not all artists have their own studios, however, or sometimes there is not enough space in them to accommodate a collaboration, so some take place at another site such as a “borrowed” studio, a classroom, or other meeting space.  

Do I stay with my daughter during the collaboration?  How is supervision handled?

Many art studios are small spaces, and we want to keep the focus on the girls, so the number of adults present during a collaboration is limited. We require at least one adult who is a current Girl Scout member and who has successfully completed a background screening to be present as an adult helper, a supervisory role in addition to the artist. Parents/caregivers can volunteer to be a helper at the time they submit their Girl Scout’s collaboration preferences.

What is the Girl Reception?

Each participating Girl Scout and her family will be invited to the Girl Reception to see the collaborative artwork on display and celebrate their contribution.  At the reception, girls will receive their patch, view all the artwork, pose for photos with their fellow artists and their creations, enjoy some refreshments, and drop off a hand-made thank you card for their artists.  

The in-person reception for participating girls and their families will take place on April 22, 2023, from 1–2:30 p.m. (CT,) and will be held at UNO Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., Omaha.

Since the in-person event will only be in Omaha this year, we are also offering a virtual Girl Reception. Stay tuned for more information about the virtual event.  

I know someone who I think would make a great artVenture collaborating artist. How do I get them involved?

We are always in need of more artists so we welcome suggestions!  If you know someone that you think would be a great fit for artVenture, direct them to the Artist Interest Form and then we’ll contact them to provide additional information.

What is the artVenture Patch Contest?

This year, we invite all registered Girl Scouts to submit design ideas for the year’s artVenture patch. The girl whose design is selected will meet with our graphic designer to collaborate on preparing their patch design for production. The deadline to submit is January 8, 2023.

For Artists

I’m a new collaborating artist. How can I find out more about artVenture?

Welcome to artVenture! We want to make sure that your experience is as wonderful and enriching as the girl’s will be. Many artists comment on how inspired they are after working with a group of girls during an artVenture collaboration. To help you be successful, we have a program staff member in each area who will go through your collaboration details with you ahead of time and answer your questions. Throughout the process, our staff will help you with every step!

I’d like to donate my artwork. Can I do that?

We invite artists to submit up to two pieces of their own work into the auction. As a donating artist, your artwork will be featured during our silent auction. Proceeds from the sale are donated to our council to assist with programming throughout the year—artists decide whether they want to donate 50% or 100% of the proceeds. 

You can fill out the Artist Interest Form if you would like to donate an original piece to the auction.

NOTE: 100% of final sale for all collaboration artworks goes to the council.

When can I drop off my donated or collaboration artwork?

Outside the Omaha area, the deadline to drop off your artwork at nearest Spirit of Nebraska Service Center or staff member is Monday, April 3, 2023.*

For the Omaha-area, you can drop-off artwork on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at UNO Mammel Hall* (6708 Pine St., 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)

*Unless other arrangements are made in advance.

If my artwork doesn’t sell during the auction, what happens?

When submitting your artwork details, you will be given the option to have your artwork entered into the post event auction held exclusively online the week after the event. Pieces will be offered for sale at 50% of the original value.

If the collaboration artwork doesn’t sell during the auction, what happens?

Collaboration artwork is the property of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska and any unsold collaboration pieces will be retained by the Council for future use.

Auction Event

How can I bid on the artwork?

We use an online auction system that is easy to access! The in-person auction event takes place in Omaha, however, this will allow you to bid on artwork no matter where you live! Prior to the event, a link to preview the auction catalogue will be made available via our Facebook page.

If you have registered to attend the event in-person, you’ll be checked in as a bidder and your unique link will be texted to you.

If you are attending virtually, you can sign up to be a “Remote Bidder” via our registration link. Once the auction is open, you will be sent a unique link via text message.

How do I buy tickets to the artVenture auction?

The link to register will be posted on our Facebook page, website, and sent out via email. There are no physical tickets issued for artVenture, and registration is all online.

How much does it cost to attend to the artVenture auction?

  • Preview Party (includes a Main Event Ticket): $150/person
  • Main Event: $75/person

Where will the auction take place?

The artVenture silent auction takes place on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at UNO Mammel Hall (free parking)

What time are the auction events?

  • 5–6 p.m.– Preview Party
  • 6–9 p.m. – Main Event

Can I bring my children to the artVenture auction event?

The artVenture auction events are for adults only, ages 21 and over. Youth are not allowed at the auction other than a few, chaperoned older Girl Scouts who may attend briefly as part of a presentation or activity.

What do I wear to an artVenture auction event?

The suggested attire is cocktail casual, though some enjoy the opportunity to dress up a bit more.

What happens at the artVenture auction?

artVenture is a strolling cocktail reception featuring delicious food and adult beverages. View more than 150 original works of art and, place your bids in support of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska.

I have the winning bid, how do I claim my artwork?

If you attend the event in person, we ask that you pay and take your artwork home with you at the end of the event.

If you are unable to take your items with you that night, or if you win items as a Remote Bidder, you may pick up your items at the Girl Scout Omaha Service Center (2121 S. 44th Street, Omaha) the week after the event (starting on Tuesday).

What does artVenture support?

Proceeds from this event support our statewide programs and financial assistance fund, giving more girls more opportunities to participate in fun leadership opportunities, just like artVenture.