Wednesday, December 2, 2020

We've moved

We've moved! Check out our new (under construction) site, built in January, but then put on hold due to Covid on March the 9th. I look forward to the day when we can resume painting in public but think it's best to wait until everyone thinks it's safe to be together again.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Did you get your $1200? For many, this might seem to be a silly question, but to the homeless it's not commonly known. When I first heard about this I thought, "Wow, this could actually lift a lot of people off the floor of poverty" - possibly more money than many have ever seen. So I made the following flyer to let people know. If you'd like to help, I've included a printable PDF on Scribd below. The deadline for registration for Covid Stimulus money is October 15th. All anyone needs is a name, Social Security Number and an address for the check. Please make sure as many of our less fortunate friends know. You could save a life:)
To print your own flyers, go here. There are three to a sheet you can cut by hand.

$1200 (#iTOMB Black) by David Everitt-Carlson on Scribd

We've moved! Check out our new (under construction) site, built in January, but then put on hold due to Covid on March the 9th. I look forward to the day when we can resume painting in public again but think it's best to wait until everyone thinks it's safe to be together again.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Why can't non-profits run a profitable business?

Only 10% of this non-profit's revenue comes from work they actually do.

So, here's a thought on the non-profit world: Why can't social entrepreneurships develop profit making businesses? Or, more plainly, why can't they get society to support them if they are indeed 'socially relevant'?

If they have a valid offer, people would be willing to pay for that, even poor people.

Kickstart, an NGO in Africa, found that selling, at a very low cost, water pumps to farmers, produced a 'responsibility' amongst citizens to not only care for their work, but their equipment - instead of just giving them another free one when the old one broke.

The chart below shows a non-profit arts organization that only makes 10% in actual revenue. So where do their operating expenses come from?

They come from donors, who get a tax deduction for doing something charitable - so that's just largesse - the corporate world throwing off a little (See: Nobel Peace price founded by dynamite maker).

With iThinkOutside MyBox I want to do the exact opposite - to develop a social concern that supports itself, and holds it's own value in the view of the participants.

At #iTOMB we are 100% contributor supported. No grants. No government support. No outside control. And I think that makes us a true community engagement - because the ‘community' takes charge. Not the corporations.

What do you think?

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Wow. I haven't posted in almost a year. But what a year it's been. A year that has seen us grow to five years old on the High Line. I can't thank every single contributor and painter enough for making #iThinkOutsideMyBox a global community institution in Chelsea. Five years. 20,000+ paintings from more than 100 countries and a vibrant future in store. Freedom of speech and expression live.

Please join us on 24 September, 17, on the High Line @ 22nd St. from 2pm - 9 for our fifth anniversary exhibition. We'll be showing five years of curated public art, two gallery structures, as well as three communally created sculptures, along with the music from Matthew Christian on violin, Lawrence Wilson, on bass and Rob Allen on guitar, so far.. We'll also be shooting film and photographs all day, so plan on multi-media fun, and maybe a picnic:) I hope to see you there:)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chelsea Now features #iThinkOutsideMyBox

Wen Chang snaps a photo of her friend holding the painting she created. Photo by Nicole Javorsky.
Our thanks to Nicole Javorsky and ChelseaNow for their lovely feature on #iThinkOutsideMyBox. Having scheduled the interview time with Nicole a week before, the guests were random, not invited and we were fortunate to have Wen Chang, an art therapist, as a return painter, bringing her friends from Taiwan for a session. Read more...

ChelseaNow 20 October 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Our Fourth Anniversary: #iThinkOutsideMyBox

#iThinkOutsideMyBox Season IV Gallery Opening 06.22.16

The month of September is anniversary month for us. Firstly, it's the fourth anniversary of the #iThinkOutsideMyBox project as you see it today, a global public studio where anyone can paint and secondly, the fifth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, the social demonstration where the idea of a public studio was born.

At Occupy Wall Street, as seen in the Wall Street Journal 10.07.2011 Photo: Bryan Derballa

Over these past four years I've worked very hard to both, keep the activity accessible to all and also to guarantee the concept's sustainability. This means growing the idea as a business, while remaining a non-profit entity. To that end we are now focusing on our work outside the park to build ourselves into the kind of organization that can reach multiple levels of the community, while remaining primarily self supporting. Should you work in the non-profit or NGO space, education, museums, corporate creative growth or publishing, please take a look at our offerings below. We're exited to enter our fifth year and continue to encourage freedom of expression by engaging the public in public art℠.

Looking great at night as well.

Licensing: We are now able to license the #iThinkOutsideMyBox experience to non-profits or NGOs who need an ongoing, all-ages, public outreach or fund raising vehicle based in art and communication. License fees include a complete studio and gallery kit, start-up instruction and as needed ongoing consultation. Discuss with David to find the right fit for your organization.

Education: Our work with public schools, universities and colleges continues. We are available as a one-time activity or can structure programs and classes to your need. Speak with David for details and academic references.

Museum/Gallery: Our 2014-2016 #iThinkOutsideMyBox gallery is available with framed work support for museum or gallery exhibition. Contact David for more information.

Corporate Creative Training: David's career as a Creative Director for a host of Global 500 clients, along with his experience in establishing #iThinkOutsideMyBox as a premier community creative activity can be useful in re-energizing creative employees at all levels. Talk with him on custom solutions for your company.

Books: We are currently assembling a series of books using public created art for the #iThinkOutsideMyBox collection. If you are involved in the publishing of art or novelty books please request a presentation from David.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

#iThinkOutsideMyBox Season IV Gallery Opening 06.22.16

#iThinkOutsideMyBox Season IV Gallery Opening 06.22.16

Please join us to celebrate David's birthday and the opening of the Season IV #iThinkOutsideMyBox Gallery. Painters needed. Please support by hitting the Paypal button on the left. Your support helps us serve the community.

Monday, June 6, 2016

#NJTeenArts Wrok the Jersey Shore!

#iTOMB #NJTeenArts Tina "Best of Show"  06.02.16 - Sublime work here triumphs.
What a lovely week. The crew at #NJTeenArts put on a barnstorm of creative in a pastoral beach setting and the kids wroked. Following, the shortlist from over 150 paintings (click on the arrows for mini-films):

Our thanks to Mark Wilson at Ocean County College and the Grunin Center for the Arts and Tony Petito at the Arts and Education Center, who say, "We believe the basic human need for meaning and self expression is best satisfied by the study and practice of the arts.  An understanding of the arts helps describe, define, and ultimately deepen human experience.  This must be an essential component of every child’s basic education and a life-long pursuit."  We live for this ideal as well.

#NJTeenArts 06.01-03.16

Contact us for academic, non-profit, museum and corporate events. #iThinkOutsideMyBox provides an interactive means of self expression, team building, fund raising and organization mission accomplishment. All events provide a live performance augmented by a full social media compliment that covers Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our website audience. We'd love to help your organization by engaging your pubic in Public Art.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

#iTOMB Hits the Jersey Shore

This week sees us off to the Jersey Shore for the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival at Ocean County College - Three days of dance, art, music, theatre, photos, film and fun. Last summer we did Seton Hall University, so it now looks like we spend our summers in Jersey:) Maybe I'll head over to Asbury Park this year and see if I can find The Boss:)

The one thing I wish I could change about these events is that I'd love to see the other presenters activities and do a bit of learning too:) But as it is, we're booked solid for the whole time so I'll miss Modern Dance, Musical Theatre, Chinese Brush Strokes, Film and Video and what sounds to be a great seminar on getting a job in the creative arts.

Take a look at the programs here and contact me to discuss adding a participatory art element to your educational activities this summer or in the fall semester.

Our thanks to Mark Wilson, Artistic Director at Ocean County College and Tony Petito, Executive and Artistic Director at the Arts and Education Center in Matawan, New Jersey.