Find Me Art has developed, and will continue to evolve, these guidelines to best protect the Artist, the Artwork, the Hiders, the Finders, the community, and the environment. Our guidelines are created to maximize the experience and the value that each participant gets from their respective participation, while balancing and protecting the needs, safety and rights of all participants, communities, landowners and managers, and the environment.
Many say the best adventure within Find Me Art is creating the artwork for a wonderful cause… others say it's the actual gifting that gives them the philanthropic high…. and still there are those who believe it's the quest and the gamesmanship of finding the art. But most would agree that writing the clues is exceptionally fun, because it draws upon the wit, imagination, and intelligence of the authors of the clues. After all, clues are one of the best gamemaster tools we have at our disposal. At their most basic, clues are just information in disguise, and it's you who decides exactly what information you want to share, and how you want to share it.
What Clues Are
- Clues are written in English, although single foreign words or common foreign expressions (such as "Bon Appetit") are acceptable.
- Every clue posted will have a number that is assigned to that specific piece of work by the Artist (think of it as a SKU that will be subsequently used by the Finder). The Artwork Tag Number will be created and written by the artist on the Find Me Art hang tag attached to the artwork in the format of XXX#### wherein the XXX are the artists initials and #### are any unique combination of numbers the artist wants to use.
- Clues need to be posted within 12 hours from when the artwork is hidden.
- Clues are family-friendly.
- Clues stay as originally posted. Subsequent clues may be posted at any time prior to the artwork being found.
- Clues are under the artist's control - you can make them as easy or as difficult as you want. You may want to start with less obscure clues for your first few hides just to check for participant response and effectiveness.
- Clues, as they are posted on our Clues Bulletin Board, are all that are given. Artists (and their Hiders) are not allowed to provide additional hints or suggestions either in person, electronically or outside of the Find Me Art website.
- Clues with GREEN status are open, indicating the piece has not yet been found or a find has not yet been posted.
- Clues with RED status indicate the piece has been found, a post has been made on the Finds board, and the clue is closed.
What Clues Are Not
- Clues can not endanger or encourage to endanger any Finder, participant or nonparticipant of Find Me Art. This includes both physical and nonphysical endangerment.
- Clues cannot require or encourage any participant to break any laws.
- Clues can not suggest any payment for or remuneration to the Artist for artwork hidden.
- Clues cannot be deceitful or intentionally misleading.
- Clues cannot reference any location or object that is temporary in nature or in its location (for example, "Near a vegetable stand at a farmer's market" that is only open one weekend a month).
- Clues must not contain, highlight, or promote any social, political, religious, or cultural agenda(s) or cause(s), or project any divisive opinions. Such clues will be immediately removed.
- Clues cannot be written for any commercial or product purpose, intent, advertising, marketing, or promotion, and cannot contain reference to those companies or products.
- Clues must not contain any embedded links or references with intent to sell or redirect web traffic.
- While hiding your artwork, mindfully look around, be observant, and consider what pieces of information you will want to include in your clue, and jot down those thoughts right then and there. The largest of details is easy to forget once you get home.
- In constructing your clue(s), consider all your senses: sounds, smells, touch, sight, and maybe even taste.
- The use of wordplay is encouraged, such as:
Rhyming - alliterations, for example
And so on ... the possibilities are almost endless.
- You can use photography (if not too obvious) to support or enhance your clue.
- Trivia pursuits: Pick a topic for which you have passion or a deep knowledge of, and ask some trivia question in which the information you want to share is in the answer.
- The use of representational code, such as Morse Code or a decipherable numeric code would be fun for most to solve.
- You can employ or reference other wordsearches or puzzles, such as a crossword answer in a specific New York Times puzzle from years ago.
- But have fun! If the first clue doesn't work, there will be others to write.
Find Me Art, Inc, its officers, and volunteers are not in any way responsible for any of the Clue posted, the content of Clues posted, and the events brought about by such Clues. All Clues are the responsibility of the respective Artist(s) and/or Hider(s).