1. If I sign up as a Muse, will I have to share my traumatic experience? No, not ever. This show is not about sharing the event that made you a thriver, it’s about everything else in your life that makes you who you are. Your artist and the organizers will never ask you to share your experience nor do you have to “prove” why you fall into our definition of Muse. You are, however, completely allowed to share your story with your artist if you see fit! Just know it is not required. This show is meant to be part of your healing process and is for anyone comfortable participating. You can remain anonymous by giving us a preferred name and contact info. We will never identify you to anyone else as a Muse and if you attend the live event, WSITL will not spotlight you as a participant.
  2. This is not an art submission exhibit and it is not specifically a portrait show. Please peruse the galleries of artwork from previous years to see the variety of completed pieces. We ask each Artist to get to know a Muse and create something new specific to that person. We encourage art in all of its forms as part of this exhibit!
  3. If I sign up as an Artist, how do I get to know my muse? What happens after you pair the Artists and Muses? Everyone will be paired via email. In that introduction the Artist and Muse will be provided with each other’s contact info, preferred style of contact, and a few important details. The Artists then reach out to their Muses and discuss how to proceed. This could be a one-time meet up, a series of emails/texts, a phone call, or recurring meetings. Some pairs are very collaborative, some less so. The experience of each pair will be different.
  4. If I participate, do I have to donate in order to be invited to the show? No! As a participant no financial donation is required or expected. We understand you are already giving your time, energy, and talent and appreciate that more than anything!
  5. Artists – note that we do have some petty cash to offer reimbursements for supplies and shipping of the finished piece as needed. WSITL can’t pay you for your time and do ask that you know this is a volunteer experience. However, we want to help you participate.