By Steve HaugheyAssociated PressAn art museum in Florida that is accepting free clip artwork from its visitors is doing so to help them save money.
The Art Institute of Florida is offering the work to visitors who wish to pay for it, and will send them a $5 voucher, said Cindy Smith, the museum’s director of business development.
The gift of art will go to a nonprofit organization that will use the proceeds to purchase artwork and supplies for its art programs, she said.
Art Institute of the Tampa Bay Times reports that it received the voucher from the Florida Department of Children and Families last month.
It said the gift is a way to encourage people to donate to art education.
Smith said that her staff has been working on the idea for years and is hoping to get a larger number of people to sign up for the gift.
She said she thinks it’s a great idea and hopes to expand it into other museums, such as in Chicago.
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