The Metropolitan Center for the Visula Arts Inc.

Rating: 4.44 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 155 Gibbs Street #300 Rockville MD 20850 USA

Mission: Provides exhibition space, classes, workshops and visual arts programs for artists, adult, seniors, children and teens regardless of ability.

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Rating: 5 stars  

VisArts is a wonderful treasure to the residents of Rockville and nearby cities. They have a number of art programs tailored to the young and young at heart. Its home building is newly constructed, conveniently located, has ample parking and managed by dedicated and helpful staff. I am writing this as a new volunteer, yet I can tell everyone at VisArts looks forward to its bright future. It is a non-profit organization that strives each day for improvement and volunteers are welcomed and appreciated.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

VisArts is a well-managed, well-respected and well-rounded arts organization serving thousands of adults and children. GO VISIT; TAKE A CLASS; EXPERIENCE THE WONDERFUL ATTRIBUTES OF THIS FACILITY!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By attending events

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create better street level signage

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I would like to express my enthusiasm for the adult ceramics program at Vis Arts where I am now enrolled for my second year!

Vis Arts is a wonderful resource for the Rockville community, and I am grateful to have their beautiful facility open to the greater community for exploring and building new sets of skills in the arts. I have found the staff to be exceptionally supportive and their open studio times for enrolled ceramics students to be great for practicing skills learned during class times.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ceramics classes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

build in even more ceramics studio space and available studio hours.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Visart was amazing to my niece and nephew during camp. They were so attentive and the kids came home excited every day. The programs there are amazing for children and adults. I just signed up for a couple of classes myself.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the development of my niece and nephew. They really appreciate art a lot more after the camps

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Offer more classes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an intern at VisArts and it is a wonderful experience for me. When I first entered the building, I was very nervous since I had never had a job before, but everyone treated me kindly so it was easy to communicate with them. They assigned me simple tasks at first so that I could get use to their working enviroment. Later they gave me greater assignments to do. If an intern doesn't understand or doesn't know what to do in the task they are given, their is always someone in the office that takes their time to explain to them the procedures.
It is simply a lovely experience for me, and I can just tell that it is the same for my other intern friends here at VisArts. I am glad that I came to VisArts to begin my working experience, and I am verty thankful to the teacher that recommended me to work here.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my organization, time management, working experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I currently don't have anything to complain about.

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Can't think of any right now.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have gained new friends from other schools. I have learned how to manage my time wisely and keep a schedule (organization). I learned how to use excel better and use sites to help sort data.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very comfortable!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

I work at VisArts as the Events Coordinator. I also do photography for the organization. I have a background in events as well as photography. I believe VisArts is a wonderful arts nonprofit Institution. Everyone working here believes in what they do and in the organization, is dedicated to art, and the community. We believe in what we do, we are proud of what we do, and we would like to share all of that to the community. We have amazing instructors, talented resident artists, 3 great galleries, a wonderful facility, but most importantly a dedicated hard working staff. Not only that we have a large Events Room for any occasion.

Being a nonprofit in general comes challenges, that is typical of any nonprofit organization, especially a small one. We have amazing instructors, talented resident artists, and a wonderful facility. I wish more people knew of our location. We are hidden on a side street of Gibbs St, in Rockville Town Center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working in Events

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Love to have more money to put into the organization to make VisArts even more amazing.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What is unique about this organization?

Dedicated and passionate staff as well as the potential it has.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work at VisArts currently as an Intern from highschool and I love it. I currently manage several social media websites that help promote the organization. My bosses are great and are always polite when asking me to do something, no matter how small. And I've never talked with the board members but I know they are currently active when dealing with money and complaints, to make the organization better for everyone. Everyone is perfecrt in accomplishing work on time and organized and from what I know of, all of our most recent reviews from students and the public are great. I even have friendly comversations with anyone that walks in the door becuase everyone seems to be in a great mood when they come to VisArts.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started taking classes at VisArts when it was Rockville Arts Place. I became so obsessed with ceramics that I became a resident artist and later on a Board member. I've been with the organization through its good years and its bad years and I have never been more optimistic about our future.
We have rebuilt our education program, mounted excellent and well reviewed art exhibits and are partnering with our Rockville Town Square neighbors to a degree we never have before.
Our board has been restructured and is focused on building a sustainable and well run organization.
I cannot imagine how a part time (at best) consultant could make the unfounded and untruthful statements that she has about an organization that will celebrate its 25th year in existence in 2012.
I strongly encourage everyone to visit our website and more importantly, our facility to check out the wonderful and creative things that happen here each day.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways- both as an inspired student and then as a dedicated volunteer

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish we had more staff so that we could execute all of the terrific programs that we would like to.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I came as a student

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

increasing community outreach and building an excellent education program

What is its top priority in the long run?

true financial sustainability

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am writing this because I think people should be warned.

VisArts is a poorly run organization, and if you are thinking of applying for a job there, think again.

he board is inactive except for a few people who are extremely hard to work with and generally ignorant of best practices in nonprofit fundraising and management. When I came on board as a fundraising consultant, I was told that I should not contact the past THREE people who had been in that role for unexplained reasons. Of course I didn't find this out until I had accepted the position.

The board members who hired me did not even know where the fundraising files were. I actually had to search the office for days to find them.

There were times when no one was there to open the office for regular business hours despite the fact that staff are supposed to be there at 9 and no one had informed management they would be late or out for the day.

I am not the kind of person who is prone to bitterness and vengeance. I just honestly had a TERRIBLE experience working with VisArts and its board, and I would like to save other people's time and energy if I can.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

n/a (see above)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

see above

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