I rarely carry cash on me. And I am very careful with how I spend money. Yet, I love the arts and want to support artists however I can. So this summer, I came up with an idea. I put $25 one dollar bills in an envelope, marked it “for art”, and carried it in my purse.
Then, anytime I saw a street musician, busker, or artist, I took time to STOP, watch, and/or listen. And I gave the performer one dollar.
|Street Musicians in New Orleans this summer|
A dollar might not seem like much, but I think my donations were appreciated. Perhaps even more appreciated was my attention to the performer. I became an “audience”, and when one person stops to listen/watch, others will, too. So I hope that my small donations encouraged others to pitch into the hat with me!
This was a simple idea and not expensive. Because I had already ear marked the money to be spent, I didn’t feel like I was giving away money I should be saving to pay bills. And I really enjoyed doing this project because it gave me opportunities to STOP and enjoy art.
See – kindness isn’t complicated! It is easy and doesn’t only help the people who receive the kindness, it also helps the GIVER! I really had a good time listening to music and watching artists. I plan to refill my envelope with one dollar bills when the weather warms up and I am out on the streets more again.