Art.com Gives Back and Inspires Schools with Artwork This Holiday Season Leading Online Wall Art Provider Gives Three Public Schools the Chance to Receive Art They Love to Enhance Art Education Programs

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Art.com Inc., the world's easiest place to discover, experience and buy art online, announced the launch of "Like" Art in Schools, a campaign designed to spark art education in inner city schools and demonstrate how art positively impacts today's youth. This holiday season, Art.com will give three public schools the chance to receive up to 24 works of art by asking people to vote for their favorite gallery curated by each school on www.Art.com/ArtEvent.

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"At Art.com, we believe in the power of art to encourage learning, cognition and critical thinking, so we understand the importance of improving art education in school," said Ivy Ross, Chief Marketing Officer of Art.com Inc. "By leveraging online voting and social media to donate art to three worthy schools, we're able to get the communities involved, share the power of art with children, parents and teachers, and spread excitement about art in the classroom."

Art.com has selected three schools as beneficiaries of "Like" Art in Schools. All three have faced serious obstacles, including a five-alarm fire and near closure. Daniel Webster Elementary School in San Francisco, Calif., Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco, Calif., and Gloucester Primary School in London, England, have all curated galleries of art they hope to prominently hang in their classrooms and auditoriums to grow their art education programs. Art education has been a central part of school curriculum for decades, but many schools have cut back or completely eliminated their art programs due to budget constraints—despite the numerous studies that have validated the benefits of art education.

"Our school was founded on the belief that the education of the whole child includes ongoing exploration in dance, theatre, music and visual arts. To be able to deliver the kind of outstanding educational experience that our children deserve, we rely on partnerships with others who share this vision," said Ann Ledo Lane, Director of Arts Programming at Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to receive artwork we've chosen from Art.com to help inspire our students and teachers and for use as a teaching tool to provoke curiosity and continual learning.  We look forward to showcasing it for many years to come."

Each school has curated a gallery with 24 pieces of its favorite artwork from Art.com. For every 250 votes a school gallery receives via the Facebook "like" mechanism from now until November 15, Art.com will donate one piece of art from that gallery to its host school. For those who don't have access to Facebook, votes will also be accepted by email through the following email accounts: danielwebster@art.com, creativearts@art.com and gloucester@art.com. For additional information on "Like" Art in Schools and to vote for your favorite gallery, visit www.art.com/artevent.

About Art.com Inc.

With more than 12 million customers in 120 countries worldwide, Art.com Inc. is the world's largest online specialty retailer of high-quality wall art. The company was founded in 1998 with one goal—to help people find the art they love so they can love their spaces more. Offering an unparalleled assortment of art images, Art.com's vision is to forever lead the way art is experienced and consumed. Art.com Inc. runs three sites in the USA—Art.com, AllPosters.com and ArtistRising.com—and has a strong international presence with 25 local sites in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and South America.

The company offers custom framing and specialty printing, interactive visualization tools to help people find the perfect piece of art for their space and artCircles, an app for iPad, that lets users explore art from a hand-picked selection of curated collections.  Art.com, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA, with other facilities in Ohio, North Carolina and the Netherlands. Art.com. We Are Art, YOU+ART and artCircles are trademarks of Art.com Inc. For more information, visit www.art.com

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