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Table of Contents


1. What is Community Relations
2. What are your Core Values?
3. What are the changes?
4. Are you bringing on new volunteers soon?
5. What is going on with miscats?
6. What about Fallenrox?
7. What took so long?
8. What next?
9. CONTEST!!!!
10. Official deviantART Contests
11. Important and Entertaining Links
12. News from the Galleries

1.What is Community Relations?


deviantART's Community Relations Team provides a unique collective effort that seeks to create and sustain collaborative relationships among deviants and to develop innovative opportunities within the global art industry. These relationships are meant to provide and encourage opportunities to foster creative genius.  The CR Team acts as a window of information for the community on how to utilize deviantART in a way that will empower and enable themselves as respected and successful artists.

Our ultimate vision is a community of artists that come together unified and strengthened by sharing the belief that they hold the artistic power to create and shape their own success.  In order to realize our vision,  our mission must be to exceed the expectations of our community, whom we view as partners, and we will accomplish this by committing to our shared core values.

2. What are your Core Values?</A>


C O M M U N I T Y
We believe that our community is our most important resource and we strive to act in ways that nurture and encourage its growth, development and ultimately its ongoing success. We err on the side of the artist.

R E S P E C T
We treat each other with respect, as we believe that every staff member, volunteer, and member is a contributing factor to deviantART's success.  We acknowledge that even those that challenge our patience offer important lessons we can learn from and strive to do so.

E X C E L L E N C E
We share a passion for excellence, quality and creativity in everything we do and strive to instill these values in our community.

A R T I S T S
We are artists and we reserve time for creative expression.  We recognize the importance of nurturing our inner artist, as not only beneficial to ourselves, but also integral to our connection with the community.

T R U S T  
We build trust among ourselves and within the community by being true to our word.  We speak honestly and with integrity and hold ourselves personally accountable to deliver on commitments we've made.

E M P O W E R
We believe in a commitment to continuous learning and improvement, and maintaining open, positive communication that encourages and fosters creative genius.


3.What are the changes?


First of all the department name has changed from Artist Relations to Community Relations.  I think this name gives us more clarity and will serve to be more inclusive as opposed to a department focused only on artists.  Secondly, Gallery Directors are now Gallery Moderators - again for the sake of clarity.  In an internet world, moderator is a more widely recognized term, where gallery director has led to years of confusion.   The rest of the changes are:

- Streamlining of the volunteer program to be more concise, offer more support, be more enjoyable and offer opportunities for ingenuity and creativity
- Development of a vision statement, a mission statement and our core values allows us to be consistent in our messaging and provides the entire team with a concrete direction


4.Are you bringing on new volunteers soon?


Yes, once the dust settles from this announcement, I will begin opening up the doors :) Please watch my journal this will be happening soon :)


5. What is going on with miscats?


Effective last week, the Gallery Moderators have begun digging through the galleries. The images reported by you, the community, are being handled by the CEA and HD teams who are working through the backlog at record pace.  The galleries are getting cleaner by the second! We're also still developing automated processes to make use of those of you in the community that are just so darn good!


6. What about Fallenrox?


Effective immediately, FallenRox is the new Manager of Film Development.  This position allows Kari the freedom to develop the film gallery to the greatness I know it's going to be and I'm very excited to be working with her in this new capacity :) I don't know who started the rumor that she got demoted but don't you feel like you have egg on your face now ;)

Film is going places!




7. What took so long?


A great question but it was a sensitive project.  There were over 80 people affected on the volunteer side (MN@ and Gallery Moderators) and ensuring that the changes I made were within their best interest and better than what they already had was my first priority.  Yes, it took a lot longer than I planned but I would rather it take longer because I did it right, then rushed it along and upset a great many devoted people I cared about.


8. What's next?


Now, I bring on new volunteers to fill the gaps, sit down at my desk and start planning the projects and directions that will fill 2009.  I have several things planned, including completing streamlining the galleries, a Gallery FAQ type project to better define all of the galleries and what content belongs there, restarting project educate etc.  Please check out my forum about 2009 projects and let me know if there's something you want to see us do :)

There are many references to Gallery Directors and Artist Relations and certainly many support stamps (*coughneednewonescough*).  These things will be updated over time, the logo is being redesigned as we speak :) We figure you know who we are you won't get lost :)

9. CONTEST


What's the point of change if there's no contest!

Objective

Present our Core Values (listed above) in a visual way.  The Core Values should be written out and legible but how you do that is up to you :)

- we must be able  to read the Core Values within your presentation
- must be submitted as a .jpg or .png
- must have a hi-res version available for print purposes (all print proceeds from this image will be given to the ArtistsForCharity account)

Submit your entries to Contests & Projects -> contests -> 2008 -> C.R.E.A.T.E Contest

Deadline for entries is November 30, 2008

Please note that if your image is chosen as the Grand Prize Winner, the image will become the property of deviantART Inc.

Prizes

Grand Prize - Image will become part of communityrelations and be our official visual representation of our core values, artist will receive a 1 (one) year subscription, 1 (one) deviantWEAR tshirt, and $200 deviantdollars.

Second Prize - 1 (one) deviantWEAR tshirt, 6 (six) month subscription and $50 deviantdollars



10. Official deviantART Contests


:bulletpurple: Design the Dew - Deadline October 29, 2008
:bulletpurple: Villanous Villanelles - Deadline October 30, 2008
:bulletpurple: Character Lab Contest - Deadline October 31, 2008
:bulletpurple: 2009 Fractal Calendar Contest - Deadline November 15, 2008
:bulletpurple: Stage A Male Photography Contest - Deadline November 20, 2008
:bulletpurple: A Midsummer Nights Dream Contest - Deadline December 15, 2008
:bulletpurple: Fancraftic 3 - Superheroes - Deadline December 14, 2008
:bulletpurple: Nude Mime Contests - Deadline December 20, 2008
:bulletpurple: One-Act Play Film & Animation Contest - Deadline February 20, 2009

:pumpkin: Halloween Contests! :pumpkin:
:bulletblack: Jack up Your Handheld - Deadline October 30, 2008
:bulletblack: Digital Pumpkin Carving Contest - Deadline October 31, 2008
:bulletblack: Deskwars - Halloween Edition - Deadline November 14, 2008
:bulletblack: Get Your Fear On - Deadline November 20, 2008

COMING SOON
:bulletblack:Fearcus - Deadline November 14, 2008
:bulletblack:Spooky Fantacular - Deadline November 15, 2008


Under the Big Top

:bulletpurple: Horror at the Circus - Deadline November 20, 2008
:bulletpurple: - Pass the Panel - Ongoing




11. Important and entertaining links you should go to


:bulletgreen: Be The Change Challenge

:bulletgreen:Halloween Quickie Film Challenge

:bulletgreen:Winners Announced: Witcher Fan Art Contest

:bulletgreen:the LOL Corner #34

:bulletgreen: Prints 20% off Pre-holiday sale

:bulletgreen: An Interview with Barbara (wildfire2003)

:bulletgreen: deviantART Wallpapers rank 3rd in Top 11

:bulletgreen: Random World Wide Web Wallpapers

:bulletgreen: Jawdropping Traditional Art

:bulletgreen:Let Unknown Be Known - October

:bulletgreen:The New News on Video Resources

:bulletgreen:Halloween in the Pixel Art Gallery

:bulletgreen:the Digital Art Brilliance of Halloween

:bulletgreen: Collecting Scary Anthros


12. News from the Galleries



:bulletgreen: Ring Master

:bulletgreen:Anime/Manga
:bulletgreen:Anthro
:bulletgreen:Artisan Crafts - Myana
:bulletgreen:Artisan Crafts - Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletgreen:Comics & cartoons

:bulletgreen:Digital Art cosmosue
:bulletgreen:Digital Art JunkbyJen
:bulletgreen:Fractal Art
:bulletgreen:Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen:Pixel art
:bulletgreen:Vector
:bulletgreen:Vexel

:bulletgreen:Fan Art

:bulletgreen:Film - FallenRox
:bulletgreen:Film - Kaotika
:bulletgreen:Film - DVeditor
:bulletgreen:Film-Animation - Marker-Guru

:bulletgreen:Literature

:bulletgreen:Abstract, Surreal/Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen:Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen:Commercial, Glamour & Pin-up
:bulletgreen:Horror & Macabre Photography
:bulletgreen:Photojournalism

:bulletgreen:Resources
:bulletgreen:Stock Photography

:bulletgreen:Traditional Art
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:iconxtc-fred:
XTC-Fred Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
:iconohjoyplz:
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:icongunezzue:
gunezzue Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
all of the contest you have featured are closed now you know... sorry not trying to be rude just kinda sad to see none of them i can join couse there gone.
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:iconpzuh:
pzUH Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
whoz the winner? :confused:
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:iconkatharsysdesign:
katharsysdesign Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
are we going to see the winners for the contest?
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:icono-bluemoon-o:
o-BlueMoon-o Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Exciting news! :)

I'm probably going to enter the contest, sounds like fun. :D
But I have a question.... What exactly does high resolution mean? I have no idea, as I've never submitted anything for printing... :confused:
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:icondeviartart:
deviartART Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
:excited:
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:iconjezzy-fezzy:
Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008   General Artist
I would like to gain experience by being a volunteer here :nod:

It'll give me the confidence and experience, now that I have AS, it'll give me a chance to mingle with other deviants if they need help :)

I know I'm not making sense at all ^^; Sorry.
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:iconleocbrito:
leocbrito Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
:dance: I'm so excited :w00t:
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:iconsleepinglynx:
sleepinglynx Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
lets all try to boost community spirit too remember to visit your chosen galleries chat rooms and get to know other artists.
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I would rather it take longer because I did it right, then rushed it along and upset a great many devoted people I cared about."

... Didn't you do that anyway? :roll:
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