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Rochester Art Collectors announced a minimum one month delay launching Red Dot Challenge, the new fantasy art collecting social media game, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the game calls for Collectors (a.k.a., players) to visit venues where art is exhibited and sold in person starting the game now could put both players and the public in harm's way. As soon as the new launch date is scheduled it will be announced here and on all our social media channels.
Brief summary of the game: Red Dot Challenge is a free fantasy art collecting game with a social media twist. Each Collector is assigned a fantasy budget to assemble a fantasy art collection over a pre-determined period. Collectors add art to their fantasy art collections by visiting venues in person anywhere in the world art is exhibited for sale and taking pictures of the art they want to include. They post pictures of the works they've chosen to Instagram with #RedDot2020 so you can find and follow the collections as they develop. At the end of the game Rochester Art Collectors will produce a fun event featuring the Collectors and celebrating the results. There’s a lot more to it but now you get the general idea.
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Rochester Art Collectors is pleased to announce our Community Partners in support Red Dot Challenge by spreading news of the game and encouraging followers within their communities. Our list of Community Partners will be added to this page as they sign up.
On Tuesday, March 31st we welcomed Hungerford Urban Artists as our newest Community Partner!
Brief summary: Red Dot Challenge is a free fantasy art collecting game with a social media twist. Each Collector (that’s what we call players) is assigned a fantasy budget to assemble a fantasy art collection over a six month period. The Collectors add art to their fantasy art collections by visiting venues anywhere in the world art is exhibited for sale (in real life) and taking pictures of the art they want to include. Then they post the pictures to Instagram with #RedDot2020 so you can find and follow the collections as they develop. At the end of the game we’ll have a fun event to hear from the Collectors and celebrate the results. There’s a lot more to it but now you get the general idea.
Click here if you would like your business or organization to become a Community Parter with Red Dot Challenge.
Red Dot Challenge is a fun way to engage more people in experiencing and thinking about art by developing fantasy art collections and sharing those collections through social media.
Players - Red Dot Challenge refers to them as "Collectors" - Collectors are assigned one of four fantasy budget levels: $600, $6,000, $60,000 or $600,000 to spend on art over a six month period: April 1, 2020 through September 31, 2020. During that time Collectors are encouraged to visit venues in person anywhere in the world art is sold to experience and evaluate the work on exhibit.
If a Collector wants to acquire a piece of art for their collection, the Collector just snaps a picture of the work with their phone while they are in the venue, records some information about the work, sends it to the game administrator and then posts the picture to Instagram tagging @RedDotChallenge, #RedDot2020 and @RochesterArtCollectors as well as the artist who made the work and the venue (if those are found on Instagram).
At least two collectors will be assigned to each budget level. Here's the kicker: the Collectors will be anonymous until the game concludes. Their identities will be revealed at a program organized by Rochester Art Collectors in October.
Followers of Red Dot Challenge will be able to track the Collectors, their acquisitions and their thoughts in real time on Instagram. The most complete information can be found right here at RedDotChallenge.org.
Rochester Art Collectors will reveal the identities of all Collectors at a special program in October, 2020. Collectors will present highlights from their collections and share stories about their experiences as well. The program will be open to the public. Program details will be announced soon.
The next informational meeting for Red Dot Challenge will be held on
Monday March 16th, 2020 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM @ Boulder Cafe & Lounge - CLICK for more information and to register
Beginning later this year Rochester Art Collectors will roll out the super-fun FREE fantasy art collecting social media game Red Dot Challenge here in Rochester!
Red Dot Challenge happens in real time, in real places and in real life. Players have a limited amount of time and a fantasy budget to choose art anywhere in the world. They take pictures of the works they love and post them to Instagram. Follow the Collectors, the collections, the artists and the venues where art is sold. Match Collectors with their collections to win.
Get started here on RedDotChallenge.org and then go to Instagram @RedDotChallenge.
What is the Red Dot Challenge definition of art?
“An object created with imagination and skill that expresses important ideas or feelings.”
This is the first version of Red Dot Challenge. We consider this a pilot. We’re calling this version of the game “Red Dot Challenge:2020”
Who can play Red Dot Challenge:2020?
What are the rules and guidelines?
How will followers stay in touch and get involved?
Q: Why is your definition of art so broad?
A: It’s awfully hard to define art. We prefer a broader, more inclusive definition. It’s up to each Collector to make their own determination as to what sort of art is worth collecting. You can make your own mind up as to what you think works and what you would like to collect.
Q: What’s up with the red dot? Why call the game “Red Dot” Challenge?
A: Traditionally when a work of art is sold the venue places a red dot next to the work to indicate the work has sold. Although Collectors in our game are not literally buying works of art we thought the red dot would be an appropriate and a powerful symbol.
How much does this game cost?
A: There is no charge or fee of any kind to play or follow.
Q: How many people will be chosen to play?
A: This time around we are looking for at least two Collectors in each fantasy budget category ($600, $6,000, $60,000 and $600,000). Because the game must be administered by hand the first time around we have to limit the overall number of Collectors. We expect to open the game up to a larger group of Collectors in future versions.
Q: How will Collectors be able to include works of art into their collections?
A: A Collector chooses a work of art for their collection by taking a picture of the work and submitting the picture along with other information to the game administrator. No one In the game will use real money to play. There is no prohibition against a Collector actually buying a work of art they see for their private collection.
Q: How did you choose the fantasy budget levels?
A: We presented budget options to some experienced art collectors. They gravitated to a series of pre-determined levels for easy comparisons between equally funded collections as well as between the different levels.
Since we are probably using a six month game period we thought it would be fun to tag the amounts with catchy, easy-to-remember amounts ($600, $6,000, etc.) and consequentially easy $/month calculations ($100/month, $1,000/month, etc.). Future iterations of the game will almost certainly have different budget levels.
Q: Why will the Collectors be anonymous?
A: We’re giving fantasy gaming a new twist by masking the players in Red Challenge:2020. Followers will be encouraged to speculate on the identity of the Collectors by considering the works chosen as well as the developing collections. We’re going to give our followers a HUGE hint before the game begins. Can you imagine? Stay tuned for details about this aspect of the game. It’s going to be so, so, so much fun!
Q: What happens if a Collector spends more or less than their assigned fantasy budget?
A: Collectors may use less than their fantasy budget without consequence. However, if a Collector exceeds their fantasy budget at the end of the game, works from their collection will be eliminated on a “last-in-first-out” basis so that the collection stays within the fantasy budget limit.
Q: Are Collectors restricted to collecting works by living artists?
A: No. Artworks from any period of time may be collected.
Q: Are Collectors restricted to collecting works from Rochester or western New York area venues?
A: No. Works of art may be included from anywhere so long as the venue is open to the public. The Collector must be physically present in the venue with the work of art and the Collector must personally take the picture.
Q: Can Collectors change their mind about a work of art they’ve chosen for their collection after it has been registered with the game?
A: Each Collector will have just one opportunity to remove a work of art from their collection in order to refine their collection or meet their fantasy budget.
Q: What happens if a Collector sees art work for sale in public venue like a hair salon but the work isn’t priced and interested buyers have to call the artist, business manager/owner for a price?
A: Works of art shown without pricing or works labeled “price on request” will not be eligible for this game unless the artist or the artist’s representative approves the work’s inclusion.
Q: How will the game handle “sales” pricing or “discounts” on artworks.
A: If a work of art is publicly offered to everyone at the same amount - regardless of how the amount is characterized (e.g., “sale price” or regular price) - the public offering amount will be the recorded amount for the purposes of the game. However, if an unadvertised sale price or discount is offered to a Collector, the sales/discount amount will not be acceptable and the amount offered to the public will be used instead.
Q: Are Collectors required to choose works of art with any regularity or on any schedule?
A: Collectors will be asked to choose at least one work of art for their collection each month and accumulate no more than one work each week of the game.
Q: Is it okay for the Collectors to post images of the works they choose to social media?
A: In all cases the artist (i.e., the maker of the work of art) retains all legal rights related to the works they create including the copyright to their work. Nothing in this game is designed to limit or infringe on the artists’ rights. All parties connected with the game will obey the law. The game is designed to support and promote artists as well as the venues that promote artists and help them sell their work.
Q: What about the cost of framing, mounting, displaying or storing a work of art? Will those costs come out of Collectors’ budgets?
A: No. It’s a fantasy collection!
Q: Will other social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter be used for Red Dot Challenge: 2020?
A: No. We may expand to other platforms in the future.
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