When Girl Scouts are in charge, you can be sure they will change the world for the better. Support local Girl Scouts and be a part of that change by joining us at an upcoming fundraising event.
artVenture 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 2024 Art Show and Auction
Saturday, April 20, 2024
Girl Reception: 1–2:30 p.m. (CT)
Preview Party: 5–6 p.m. (CT)
Silent Auction: 6–9 p.m. (CT)
UNO Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine Street, Omaha
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.
Artists may also donate up to two pieces of your own artwork created solo, without the involvement of Girl Scouts. A Donating Artist may choose to donate 100% or 50% of the final sale proceeds of the donated artwork.
2024 ARTIST DEADLINES
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 2024, please contact Audrey Back at 402.875.4345 or via email.
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 20th consecutive year in 2024.
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.
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.
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. View our Annual Progam Book for all the details.
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 artwork requirements and timelines. View our Annual Program Book for all the details.
How do I sign up my troop for the Create-Your-Own Collaboration?
You must submit a project proposal by Friday, December 1, 2023 (you do not need to know who exactly will be participating in your collaboration at the time you turn in your proposal). You have until March 31, 2024, to register all participants and pay the $5 registration. We will review your proposal and give you the go-ahead as soon as all details are finalized. 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, submit the Artwork Details Form. You also must register all participating girls and pay the $5.00 registration per girl by March 31, 2024. 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 “When can I drop off my donated or collaboration artwork?” in the Artists FAQs section.)
I signed my Girl Scout up for a council arranged artVenture 2024 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 December 1, 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 mid-January through mid-March, but dates 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 Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska council and covers a special artVenture 2024 patch for each girl plus 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 the collaborative artwork, the individual take-home piece each girl keeps, and for preparing the artwork for display. Some charge nothing whileothers 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 may volunteer as 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 20, 2024, from 1–2:30 p.m. (CT), and will be held at UNO Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine Street, 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 and 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 submission deadline is December 1, 2023.
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 it will be for the girls. 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 walk you through collaboration details ahead of time and answer 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. Donating artists decide whether they wish to donate 50% or 100% of the proceeds to the council (100% of final sale for all collaboration artworks goes to the council).
You may fill out the Artist Interest Form if you would like to donate an original piece to the auction.
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 1, 2024 (unless other arrangements are made in advance).
For the Omaha area, you may drop-off artwork on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at UNO Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine St., from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (unless other arrangements are made in advance).
If my artwork doesn’t sell during the auction, what happens?
While 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. Unsold 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.
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 catalog 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 sent via text message.
If you are attending virtually, you may 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 via email. There are no physical tickets issued for artVenture and registration is entirely online.
How much does it cost to attend to the artVenture auction?
Preview Party (includes a Main Event Ticket): $150 per person
Main Event: $75 per person
Where will the auction take place?
The artVenture silent auction takes place on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at UNO Mammel Hall, 6708 Pine Street, Omaha (free parking).
What time are the auction events?
Preview Party: 5–6 p.m.
Main Event: 6–9 p.m.
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 permitted 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.
What happens at the artVenture auction?
artVenture is a strolling cocktail reception featuring delicious hors o'dourves 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 Spirit of Nebraska Omaha Service Center the week after the event (starting on Tuesday).
[glamp!] is an event for women of all backgrounds and interests to come together in support of vital outdoor programs for girls. Hang out with new and old friends while enjoying a “staycation” at one of our Girl Scout camp properties. Lounge by the pool, go for a hike, zip through the oaks, get a massage, or take a nap. It’s your day, you decide!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for [glamp!] 2023! Please check back next spring for details about the 2024 event.