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this week’s blog assignment: find an example or two of crowdsourcing in action that we *didn’t* cover in class tonight and tell us what you think of it. Ingenious? Useful? Silly? (note: those are not mutually exclusive descriptors on the internet)

Artist Rising provides member artists with the ability to create galleries on the web from which their artwork (both originals and prints) may be viewed and purchased by members of the public. Member artists may also list their work for sale on the Artist Rising marketplace. Artist Rising also provides content, information, and networking tools to communicate with other members and the extended art community worldwide.

There are two types of memberships, free and premium. Both offer; 50 collections with the gallery, print-on-demand posters, 15% royalty on the sale of each poster print, email marketing tools, and sales and traffic reports. The free membership offers just 50 images upload, while the premium membership cost$50.00, offers 2000 image upload, fine arts prints for print-on-demand, and 15% royalty on fine arts prints.

I think this is great platform for artists because they generally have no money or the financial backing required to promote or sell their work in the elite art world. They are called starving artist for a reason. Having this type of community gives them wide open access. It at the very least tries to provide an answer to the problem every artist face; I Can’t Sell Art Because I’m not Dead and the Media Are Idiots. So maybe they will find an audience that will appreciate their work prior to their death unlike Carl Fredrik Hill, Thomas Eakins, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin. Even the Wall Street Journal has an article on buying local art can build a stronger more poignant collection.

In an effort to look beyond what I think is already considered crowdsourcing I stumbled upon the 10 Kick Ass Crowdsourcing Sites for Your Business. It was great information, but the reader comments also have a lot of great information about sites that weren’t included in the list. Such as: uTest = software stuff, Quirky = social product development, iStockphoto = photographs, Innocentive = finds solutions, Better than the Van = free places to stay for tour bands, Exuve = clothing, and Cinnaminta = request or offer to read a performance.

And that’s not all, apparently anyone and anything can be crowdsourced. Music is getting into the act with A Bicycle Built for 2000 and the Lollapalooza 2010 festival, as well as Fiat. The automotive maker announced in October they’re designing a concept car using crowdsourced ideas collected through a dedicated project website, Facebook, Twitter and Orkut. It is being dubbed as the “Mio” project.

So I guess crowdsourcing really is the new outsourcing.

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