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  •  Better yet... (7+ / 0-)

    Could we turn to the many local artists, crafts-people, and small-business owners to supply at least part of the goods for sale at these national parks? This would be good for business as well as providing interesting insights into local traditions.

    Unique and interesting items like this little bluebird made in the mountain of western North Carolina are among my most prized possessions

    Bluebird of Happiness.JPG

    Memorable purchases at our national parks could provide enjoyment for years to come and could inspire future visits.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Mon May 20, 2013 at 10:54:09 AM PDT

    •  Amen To That. I Was Out Of Town This Weekend (6+ / 0-)

      with my brother. He got a call from his wife that she had spent almost $1,000 at our local art fair (one of the largest in the world BTW). He was like WTF. I explained I had spent a ton of money there in the past as well. I even bought some stuff I liked, but didn't really LIKE. I said that if we don't support local art. Non-chain stores. Local music .... well we won't have any!

      •  Local art is a great conversation starter (2+ / 0-)
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        webranding, jared the bassplayer

        because it usually has a story attached to it. Items that have a sense of place or remind us of our travels continue to pay "dividends" to us over time, in addition to delighting visitors who see these items in our homes or offices.

        A few years ago, I attended a trade show and was responsible for our company's booth. In the past we had raffled off things like a digital camera or iPod or other popular item. At this event, held in Duluth, I purchased a small painting by a local artist and used that as the raffle item.

        There are plenty of ways that people and corporations can support the arts in the course of their normal purchasing activities. They'll get something unique, with lasting value, instead of something mass-produced under atrocious working conditions in an environmentally-substandard factory a world away.

        Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

        by cassandracarolina on Mon May 20, 2013 at 11:21:04 AM PDT

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      •  You (and others) might like this story (2+ / 0-)
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        cassandracarolina, webranding

        From the Colorado Public Radio show "Colorado Matters" on the selling of shares of art the same way farmer co-ops sell shares of farmer's produce.

        http://www.cpr.org/...

        •  That Is Actually VERY Cool (2+ / 0-)
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          cassandracarolina, ColoTim

          Well you might enjoy this. We paid this local artist to paint these huge murals on the side of some building in our town. She kinds of paints flowers in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe.

          Now my town isn't so liberal. Pretty elderly. I don't have the heart to tell them those paintings they really love are vaginas!

          I mean it is kind of neat we have a 150 foot by 50 foot vagina on the side of our hardware store :).

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