6 Awesome Nonprofit Arts and Culture Websites

A website is an invaluable tool for a nonprofit centered on arts and culture. Arts organizations are highly visual by nature, whether we’re talking about museums, children’s art education, performance organizations or art preservation. It stands to reason, an arts organization’s website should be visually appealing and current to best demonstrate their relevance in the arts space and put their money where their mouth is, so to speak.

Let’s say a modern arts organization promotes community involvement and education within the arts. If their website uses jarring color and graphics and is hard to navigate, visitors are going to abandon the site immediately. An out-of-date or unattractive website could render an arts nonprofit ineffective or obsolete, making people apprehensive about signing up for programs, volunteering and/or donating.

A well-designed arts organization website makes a good first impression with visitors, establishes the nonprofit’s credibility and keeps them searching for more information. A well-designed website leads a visitor through the site with strategic calls to various programs and ways to get involved.

Here’s a look at 6 awesome arts and culture organizations that nail their website design.

The Art of Elysium

the art of elysium

Winning qualities:

  • Bright, yet sophisticated, color scheme sets off the cheerful tone of the website
  • Secondary Navigation includes clear calls to donate and connect on various social media channels
  • Clean dropdown menus make for easy navigation around the website
  • Nice photography and interesting textures within the rotator images create interest for viewers
  • Responsive design allows for easy access on any device

Arts KC

Arts KC

Winning qualities:

  • Parallax scrolling creates an interesting effect as a user scrolls down the page
  • Prominent calls to action at the forefront of the homepage make it obvious what the organization wants visitors to do during their time on the site (buy tickets and become a member)
  • Clean dropdown menus make for easy navigation around the website
  • Responsive design allows for easy access on any device

 

Girls Write Now

Girls Write Now

Winning qualities:

  • Tri-ad color scheme makes for a trendy, feminine color palette that’s very pleasing to the eye
  • Newsletter call to action in the header provides an easy way to sign up for organizational news
  • Large donate button in the chartreuse secondary color makes the call to action pop amongst the coral color
  • Clean dropdown menus make for easy navigation around the website
  • Responsive design allows for easy access on any device

 

Global Peace Film Festival

Global Peace Film Festival

Winning qualities:

  • Bold color palette, paired with the angular page design makes for a very exciting homepage
  • Large donate button in the primary navigation provides an easy way for supporters to give without having to do any searching
  • Clean dropdown menus make for easy navigation around the website
  • Responsive design allows for easy access on any device

 

International Folk Art Alliance (IFAA)

International Folk Art Alliance

Winning qualities:

  • Beautiful, bold, photography immediately captures visitors’ attention
  • A news section with 6 highlighted stories makes it easy to see what’s going on in the organization, and what’s coming up
  • Clean dropdown menus make for easy navigation around the website
  • Responsive design allows for easy access on any device

 

Public Art Fund

Public Art Fund

Winning qualities:

  • Full screen photos with bold white text make for a stunning home page
  • Hot pink navigation and headings create a fun browsing experience
  • What’s Happening section is approached from a very unique perspective, as visitors can toggle between a descriptive grid view or map view
  • Prominent social section makes it easy to connect with the organization throughout the social sphere
  • Mission statement is stated on the homepage, so the goals of the organization are very clear
  • The gigantic call to action in hot pink at the bottom of the page makes it hard to think about doing anything else on the site

There are many ways to mix and match various design principles together to create intriguing and innovative arts and culture websites. If you find some of these examples inspiring, try to incorporate various elements into your website adding your organization’s own twist.

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 Image courtesy of Viktor Hanacek