Artistic gift boxes, intended to be re-gifted, then tracked online along with stories and sentiments from each giver and receiver.
About this project
- Put Gift in Artist Created Box.
- Give Gift.
- Tell Your Story.
- Send gift box on journey.
- Box Repeatedly Re-Gifted.
- Watch Box travel.
- Meet new people.
- Read Their Stories.
- Earn Rewards.
- Promote Your Cause.
- Spread Your Message.
hARTshare is an innovative concept that combines art and technology with the personal act of gift giving to express encouragement, love and friendship in a meaningful and fun way. A feature rich web app allows hARTshare to become a tool for social connection and a platform to spread education and awareness of causes and issues that resonate with participants.
What People are Saying:
hARTshare is an entertaining social game that uses a web based app to track the journey of artistic gift boxes. The boxes are shared through re-gifting around the globe and each participant logs his or her story into the box’s unique Travel Log. As the journey continues, perpetual stories build, and people are connected across geographic and social borders.
hARTshare is home to a variety of artists that may optionally choose to create boxes with themes based on causes important to them so . As these themed boxes journey around the world they are spreading messages and educating all givers and receivers along the boxes’ journeys. In so doing, the hARTshare community has the power to bring positive change to the world.
The hARTshare website is currently being built. It will be completed in October, out of beta testing in early November and open to the public at that time.
Gift givers can reserve artistic boxes created by the founding artist now through this campaign.
hARTshare member artists are being recruited through this campaign to create inventory that will be available in the hARTshare online marketplace when the site goes live in November.
- Artistic Boxes
- Early Bird Membership for Artists
- Passport for tracking a box you create
hARTshare is for:
- Gift Givers
- Gift Recipients
How it Works
hARTshare is social game that uses a web based app to track the journey of artistic gift boxes. As the boxes are shared through re-gifting around the globe, each participant logs his or her story into the box’s unique Travel Log.
As the game continues, perpetual stories build, awareness is raised and people are connected across geographic and social borders.
Gift givers can play multiple games simultaneously by starting new Travel Logs with each one-of-a kind artistic gift box given. Multiple Travel Logs can be linked by Member Artist, giver and cause.
To begin a Travel Log, givers either create a box themselves or choose from many beautiful, one-of-a-kind gift containers available in the hARTshare online marketplace. Givers attach a unique coded hARTshare Passport to the box which unlocks the box’s unique travel log, fill the box with something heartfelt and gift it to someone special. Recipients learn about the game via the box’s attached Passport and are able to access the box’s unique Travel Log. The box is then re-gifted and the chain of players builds.
Game Participants work together to build content in a box’s Travel Log including personal stories and photos from each giver as he or she receives a container and passes it on to the next recipient in the journey. Stories reflect what participants think is important. Observers read the Travel Logs with interest and compassion because the characters and the story lines are real.
Along the box’s journey, charms, amulets and prayers can be permanently added by participants to bring luck, protection and good intention to future receivers. These objects of good intention are also created by Member Artists, are intended to remain with the box for the duration of its journey, and are accumulated and tracked in the box’s travel log.
Journey milestones are noted in each travel log and boxes can accumulate badges for a multitude of reasons, events, and challenges won. Players will be able to receive peer-rated badges, style points, awards, and acknowledgements for levels achieved and boxes “well played”.
Players can obtain objects necessary to play from the hARTshare Marketplace including:
- one-of-a-kind boxes created by Member Artists from around the world
- Member Artist created talismans: charms, amulets and artistic prayer cards
- supplies for creating boxes and talismans
- coloring kit boxes
Member Artists have the freedom to begin themed series for their artistic boxes, which focus on causes and messages that resonate with them and the givers that follow them. They can invite other Member Afrom the hARTshare community to contribute these themes with one-of-kind boxes created with a variety of different media. These themed series will allow artists and givers to work together to share timely messages and spread awareness of important causes as the artistic containers make their way around the world.
Examples of Member Artists’ Themed Series:
- Down Syndrome Awareness
- Spinal Cord Injury Awareness
- Adopt a Pet
- Veterans’ Awareness
- Childhood Cancer
- Juvenile Diabetes
- Alzheimer’s Awareness
- Arthritis Awareness
- Asthma Awareness
- and many, many more
- get involved and create your own
Gift givers decide whether to create their own gift box or to obtain a one-of-a-kind box, created by Member Artists, from the hARTshare marketplace.
Givers then obtain a unique Passport to affix to their box, which includes brief instructions for the recipient as well as a unique tracking number.
These Passports are physically attached to the box and allow gift givers and receivers to log into the container’s unique folio on the hARTshare website to add their own stories and sentiments before sending the container back on its journey to the next receiver.
Receivers are able to obtain artist created talismans from the hARTshare marketplace, and add them to the box, before passing it on to the next receiver. These talismans are designed to bring luck, protection and goodwill to all future receivers of the box and accumulate in the online history of the box.
Goals of the hARTshare project:
1. To serve as an avenue to express encouragement, love and friendship in a meaningful and fun way.
2. To serve as a conduit for friendship and connection across geographic and social borders.
3. To be a vehicle for spreading awareness of important causes, and messages that need to be heard.
4. To be a marketplace for artists, and a place where creators from around the world can encourage and support one another, and support their families and themselves while creating art.
How to Choose Your Reward
Reward Color Theme Choices:
We are heavily invested in the project, but need additional funds to make the website function properly for launch. A breakdown of our budget for this campaign is below:
Rewards for Givers
It all starts with a gift box and a Passport to the boxes unique Travel Log on the hARTshare site. There are several ways to obtain a hARTshare gift box and required Passport:
1.Start with a DIY Coloring Box. Choose from 12 themes, use your own markers, colored pencils or paint, and attach the included hARTshare Passport for online tracking of your story and the stories of future recipients of your gift box.
2.Join our Random Act of Kindness Club to receive a small DIY Coloring box each month, intended to share with strangers. Each monthly kit includes a hARTshare Passport for online tracking of your story and the stories of future recipients of your gift box.
3.Create your own artistic box using your own materials and creativity, then attach a hARTshare Passport for online tracking of your story and the stories of future recipients of your gift container
4. Choose from artistic boxes, already complete, created by Member Artists. During the Kickstarter campaign, these boxes will all include a hARTshare Passport for sharing your story and tracking the journey of your hARTshare gift box. Choose from the following series specially created specially for our Kickstarter campaign:
Rewards for Artists
Become a member hARTshare artist and begin selling your own artistic boxes in the hARTshare marketplace starting in November, 3 months before other member artists. Begin selling charms, amulets and prayer cards in January. Your artist handbook will arrive in September so you can begin preparing your inventory prior to the November web launch. Four membership levels to choose from, each will feature a “Founding Artist” badge on your artist profile.
Artist Membership Levels for Access to the hARTshare Marketplace
ARTIST $49/year or $4.99/month for a year
Best for Part Time Artists that want to earn money from their art
Artist Profile Page with:
- Photo Badges Earned
- Consumer Rating
Back Office Functionality
- List an Item for Sale on Site
- Connect Galleries and Individual Listings to Social Media
- Financial Tracking
Transaction Based Handling Fee (for sales on site) – 10%
STUDIO ARTIST $149/year or $14.99/month for a year
Best for Part Time Artists that want to build a steady revenue stream
Includes everything in the ARTIST level, plus access to these additional tools to Boost Your Sales:
- Cross Sell – A link to your Artist Profile Page on each of your created boxes’ Journey Pages
- Artist Statement/Bio on Profile Page
- Gallery of Containers/Charms currently for sale on site
- A List of and links to all series in which you are participating
Transaction Based Handling Fee (for sales on site) – 9%
PRO STUDIO ARTIST $495/year or $49.99/month for a year
Best for Full Time Career Artists
Includes everything in STUDIO ARTIST level, plus access to the following tools to Supercharge your business by building repeat customers and a following for your style and body of work:
- Ability to list other artistic items in the marketplace in addition to hARTshare boxes and charms/amulets
- Artists Statement/Story on each of your Box Journey Pages
- Start your own exclusive series’ – as many as you want, and all will be visible on your profile page
- Historic Gallery of all boxes/charms Sold
- Gallery of other artist created gift items for sale (besides hARTshare boxes/charms)
- Reporting of sales and unsold inventory in your back office that you can use to improve pricing, optimize inventory and maximize sales
Transaction Based Handling Fee (for sales on site) – 8%
BENEFACTOR ARTIST $2500 one time for five year membership
Only available during the Kickstarter Campaign
Includes everything in PRO STUDIO ARTIST for five years, plus:
- (250) hARTshare Passport labels to pre-affix to your created containers to add extra value and set them apart in the hARTshare Marketplace.
- “Featured Artist” article on hARTshare for 1 full year
Risks and challenges
The patent for the cutting-edge, creative hARTshare™ concept is currently pending.
Operational challenges have already been addressed and resolved. hARTshare has a comprehensive business plan and its creators are confident in Management’s ability to guide and steer the operations to meet and exceed the above-stated Goals.
The most important challenge is ensuring that website is designed and built to properly do all the fun things we’d like it to, ensuring the journey of the artistic containers and enhancing the experience of the Givers, Receivers, and Artists. To that end, we have been working with a local web-design/architect firm and are very pleased with the progress. In order to properly serve as a comprehensive marketplace for artists and givers, the website design and implementation is extremely deep and complex, so there are six web development team members working on the project. The site map, the creative, and the wireframes are nearly complete. This is quite costly. Much has already been invested to get this far, but funding from the Kickstarter campaign is needed to finish.
The other challenge is gathering artists to provide an adequate supply of beautiful boxes for the anticipated rapid influx of players. Heading into this project, hARTshare has approximately a dozen full and part time artists creating boxes, charms and amulets. We are screening for more and are counting on awareness from the Kickstarter project and other means to spread the word within the creative community.
There are already many people anticipating the completion of the project so they can begin telling their stories. Some of these stories are in the form of worthy messages that need the ears of many people. We are also counting on the help of the Kickstarter community to raise the funds we need to finish the website – what we consider to be the mechanism for spreading goodness and light.
We need your help. Please take a look at our wide variety of offered rewards and choose the one(s) you think would best help you make others smile.