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The Art of Stewardship During COVID-19

Commemorating the response to care for public lands during the pandemic

What will be the defining part of today’s COVID-19 pandemic? As the coronavirus requires us to endure an unprecedented time of physical distancing, donning of personal protection gear, and disruption in our daily lives, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is calling on Colorado artists to help capture this historic moment while supporting volunteer stewardship of our public lands.

On September 16th, 2020, VOC will host its sixth annual Uniquely Colorado event. However, this year we will be MASKerAIDing as Uniquely Colorado, hosting a virtual celebration of stewardship and public lands in the pandemic era!

The event will include an exciting new element: an auction of pandemic-inspired art pieces by Colorado artists. Forty percent (40%) of the proceeds from each piece of artwork will directly support VOC’s volunteer stewardship efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, while providing a platform to inspire and showcase your work.


WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU: More than you think!

  • Sixtypercent(60%)oftheproceedsfromeachsalewillbenefittheartist.
  • VOCwillfeaturephotosofallartworkandartistbiographiesonitswebsite,socialmedia,mediaoutreach,andotherpublicoutletswhenpromotingtheevent.
  • All artists will be recognized during the virtualevent.
  • Artistswillberecognizedfortheir supportinVOC’sYear-EndReport,typicallymailedto4,000households.
  • WhentheVOCofficere-opens,participatingartistswillhavetheopportunitytohostanartexhibitandreceptionattheDosChappellBathhouseinWashingtonPark;exhibitstypicallyrunfor2months.

WHAT IS MASKerAIDing as Uniquely Colorado: VOC’s virtual fundraiser on September 16, 2020. A short program on the 16th will kick off a week-long online auction of Colorado art. Forty percent (40%)of the proceeds will support VOC’s mission of motivating and enabling people to be active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Any Colorado artist who is willing to donate an original piece of artwork.

TYPE OF ART: This is up to your creative mind and may or may not be inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, whatever that means to you!All forms of art – fabric, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, pottery – will be accepted and welcomed!


  • Tuesday,July7th:If possible,pleaseemail aimee@voc.orgbyJuly7thifyouareinterested participating.
  • Tuesday,September1st:PiecesshouldbefinishedanddeliveredtoVOCforourevent

committee to post to the auction site. Delivery details will be discussed when you are ready. Please also value your piece, determine a preferred minimum bid, and provide a piece description and a brief artist biography.

  • Wednesday,September16th:Virtualeventtakesplaceandartworkisshowcased;online

auction begins.

  • Friday, September 25th: Online auctioncloses.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact Aimee Cichon at aimee@voc.orgor at (303) 715-1010 ext 115.

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. Since 1984, VOC has engaged more than 125,000 people in over 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $25 million.


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