"Community arises from the meeting of needs. There is no community possible among people who do not need each other. Therefore, any life that seeks to be independent of other people for the meeting of one's needs is a life without community." -Charles Eisenstein

There's a certain gift you're giving others by allowing them to help support you. Thank you for giving them that opportunity. Thank you for being willing to name your need; it draws towards it support that creates the bonds of true community.

It's powerful to claim your agency in drawing that thing towards you by making an offering to bring it into being; in other words, "putting some skin in the game". Thus, this application for the meeting of this need is for supplemental (not full) support.

It's also a brave thing to ask for what you need! This always involves some risk of disappointment! (After all, what if we don't get it?) That's one reason it can be scary to ask for something. Admitting that we need help is another. In the culture I grew up in, this was rumored to be a bad thing. But how can we be generous, how can we feel connected to others, if there is not an opportunity to give? In asking to receive, you are giving someone else who feels saturated an opportunity to make use of their own gifts.

So, in summation, thanks for asking for what you need. You are a badass!

Applying is not a guarantee of receiving support, yet it is a necessary step.

*Tip on filling out this form* Heads up! I ask you some questions that you may have lengthy answers to, yet there are only one-line answering spaces. I suggest typing this elsewhere and then copy/paste it into this one line textbox.

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* 1. Your Name & Mailing Address (Please use slashes "/" to designate line break, i.e., Laura Blankenship / 415 Academy Dr. / Abingdon, VA)

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* 2. Email Where I Can Send You Updates

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* 3. What art do you need, and why? In other words, what's going on & why is it super important that you have this art right now? (If you need to commission some custom art that does not exist yet, there is a Custom Art Inquiry Form at www.lambfineart.com that you will need to fill out before your application is considered complete.)

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* 4. Please share as much as you feel comfortable about your financial situation and/or why you feel you need support in paying for this art at this time.

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* 5. I use categories to help match donors' interests with needs. What categories describe something about you or your project?

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* 6. Support is supplemental, meant to pay a portion of the cost, while you also pay a portion. What amount would feel appropriate for you to contribute towards this artwork?

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* 7. May I send an image of you, your name, and a one-line summary of your story to the person(s) who helped pay for this artwork?

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* 8. Being willing to ask for support is a brave thing to do! And valuing soul-work enough to put some money where your mouth is is a very cool thing to do. Thank you for valuing yourself and this work! Your story has the power to inspire others to ask for what they need, and inspire others to offer to give in the future to similar projects. Please check the places where I may publicly share a one-line snippet of your story & an image of you with your art. (The amount donated will remain anonymous, but I would like to share your inspirational story and the momentum it will create within my community if you are open to it.)

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* 9. Please give any feedback or suggestions for how to improve this experience for you, the applicant, or help you have more access to my art, or share any ideas at all!

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill out this form and invite others into a place of giving generously--that is a gift in and of itself! 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for valuing my work, and for supporting me to be compensated, as we work together to distribute the soul-work that is artwork more broadly. Your decision to ask for support, and to contribute towards this purchase by supporting yourself helps change the structure of the world. Ripple affects are created in all those we come into contact with. This creates a field where others are more able to ask for what they need--in other words, you are creating an example for others to see what it looks like to recognize our agency in going after and drawing towards us what we most desire. AND THAT IS SO BADASS. Together, we create beauty in the world.

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