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February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

Artomatic is always a fun experience! I love meeting new people and experiencing all the different art that's offered. I also ran into several artists I hadn't seen in a long time and it was fun to get caught up! One of the highlights of Artomatic is to receive a BRASH poem--my two daughters, who exhibited, and I each received one! That was very special! I believe the volunteer hours are too long but they can be fun and full of surprises! In volunteering at the lobby, I once met a "she" who returned an hour or so later as a "he". I also volunteered for taking down the show. After a very hot afternoon of unscrewing panels, taking them down, stacking them, and moving them, our team was exhausted and just waiting for the "OK" to go home. Our supervisor first had us sit and "rest" for a few minutes. When he returned he offered us the most delicious popsicles ever!

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

meeting other artists and selling my work!

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

emphasize that volunteers need to cooperate with each other.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

mostly nice, but somewhat disorganized;

Ways to make it better...

some of the volunteer leaders had been more flexible. Several of us mistakenly showed up 1 hr early to help. Rather than letting us in to the air-conditioned building, they were haughty and downright nasty in telling us we should have known better --

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting a better handle on how to manage volunteers and making the volunteer hours shorter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

Last year was my first time actually participating in Artomatic as an Artist. I wasn't sure of what to expect in terms of feedback of my work but I was glad to participate. I appreciate my experience even more considering I did my 4 or so hours of volunteering. This allowed me to get a idea of what goes on behind the scenes of setting up Artomatic. I hope to participate again this coming year.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Observing the variety of artists and their artwork.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Allow each artist to make prints of their work to sell to possible customers. Also, have a better variety of food&drinks;. More media coverage

Ways to make it better...

I would have been present more with artprints and or different kinds of paintings

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 18, 2010

I was a volunteer for an event sometime last year. The whole experience from the artist to the location makes Artomatic a great aspect of Washington. DC. If you love art as a whole this place is must see. The experience is simply amazing!

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full of creativity and character.

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I was apart of the show.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

Artomatic is one of the best exhibit opportunities in the area. Not only can you show off your work, but by volunteering, you strengthen your ties to other artists in the community. One reason I exhibit at Artomatic is to take advantage of the exposure it gives my work. I paint so people can see my work and buy it, so it would be foolish of me to ignore the tens of thousands of art lovers who visit Artomatic each year. Not only did Artomatic generate some sales for me (in a tough economy), but it generated interest in my work. During the exhibit, the number of visitors to my website nearly doubled, these visitors stayed longer and viewed more pages than normal, and I established relationships with a new crop of clients who are interested in adding my work to their collections. The other reason I exhibit at Artomatic is because as a volunteer, I strengthen ties with old friends and make new ones as well. Unless you take a class or are part of a group that draws or critiques, being an artist can be a lonely occupation. Artomatic gives me an opportunity to share what I do with a like-minded group of people. I am looking forward to this year's exhibit and plan to increase the number of hours I volunteer.

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

sales, increased interest in my work, and friendships.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

run for longer than it currently does each year.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 17, 2010

I assisted my non-profit arts group, Studio In-Sight in participating in the 2009 Artomatic. Our studio serves artists with disabilities in getting support in their work as artists and exposure of their talent. Artomatic was a great venue for us to show as we were able to be seen by thousands of artists and art lovers in a unique and supportive atmosphere. The volunteer Artomatic staff were incredibly helpful in getting us a good spot in the show and in supporting our cause. The only negative of the experience was that Artomatic does not normally allow "groups" to show, so we had to get a special approval from the managment. It would have been nice to have a "group" section in the application that is geared towards non-profits like ours.

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

seeing the amazing exposure for the group I worked with. I feel strongly that the artists who I support were excited to be able to participate in such a large and varied show.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

great exposure, great variety, and a truly unique experience

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

generally amazing. Some folks were a little stressed out, but handled themselves with composure and creativity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get some better sound equipment, do some large creative add buys, provide lighting equipment and rigging.

Ways to make it better...

non-profit groups were able to apply in the same way that individuals were. The sound system in the main music venue was absolutely raw. Less noise and distortion would have encouraged better audience participation.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

size, keeping up standards, and reliability of volunteers completing their agreed upon service.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 17, 2010

The Artomatic organization provides a tremendous service to the metropolitian DC area. The events provide the ability for the arts community to connect, and as a result, the DC region has developed into a strong arts center. On a personal level, my participation in Artomatic has allowed me to advance from a beginning artist to getting galleries to represent me, and to now showing in international arts events. My first Artomatic event was in 2004. I volunteered to do set up and coordination of other volunteers - allowing me to network with other artists in the region - which given the sprawling suburban nature of the DC area, would not have been possible. This exposure gave me access to galleries and started my art career. As a result, I had 3 gallery shows and became an artist of the Studio Gallery. The next Artomatic event, I continued my volunteer time, and was able to get coverage of my work in the Washington Post, as well as having an international gallery view my work and decide to represent my artwork. The next year's artomatic event incorportated artists from other parts of the country and from the UK. The most recent event allowed me to strengthen my networks with the local arts community, and also in creating a network overseas. As an instructor, I strongly encourage all students to particpate in the Artomatic events, and have seen similar stories to mine each year take place.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to network with other artists, galleries, museums and collectors. The interaction is very supportive and encouraging. I have been involved in education panels with the people and organizations that are of the level that I need to get with.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer. Too many demands on my time limit my ability to participate in the events that are available.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

One of the coolest experiences of my life. Such a delight year after year. I look forward to it every year.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 16, 2010

I was one of the original band of artists in 1999 lucky enough to create the first Artomatic. We were offered 100,000 square feet of empty, grubby, ill-lit, jumbled space and over the course of 6 weeks we colonized it and transformed it into a vibrant beachhead of every possible kind of art and artist. And in many ways, we forged a community of artists who before that been scattered throughtout the city in our own small spaces. Then, two months and 20,000 viewers later, we deconstructed it, leaving just the spirit behind. Since then, Artomatic has become a DC institution, but my hope is that it will always maintain the spirit of spontaneity, surprise, openness and a little craziness that brought it to life.

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

A large piece that I made onsite during Artomatic now hangs in the District of Columbia City Hall.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Hire a small full time staff

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 16, 2010

My experience—I determined one of my print is in the Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Institution. On Artomatic artists first opening night, a curator stopped by..I mentioned I thought a certain work might be in the Anacostia Museum. She said "Yes, it is." Because majority of the Talisman print series dealt with Asian subcontinent imagery,I had not shown most of the work in the United States. I thought the Artomatic venue might be a way to determine whether there was enough interest to make more prints from the plates. The imput from visitors was so enthusiastic it has propelled me to revisit the work. Inquires provided me with a sense of demographic profile that was surprising. Another plus was response of former students, who stopped by and left a message.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Philip Koch is an inspired visionary

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Upbeat and committed.

Ways to make it better...

Security.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 16, 2010

Wow, do I love Artomatic! I usually go 2-3 times a year-- at least once with my young, art-loving son, and at least once with my husband. I found a great environmentalist architect there with whom I had a very good collaboration. My son was VERY excited to get a diorama he loved for his birthday. I am discovering my artist self and working toward a 2011 exhibit of my own fabric art.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I love the vitality of this endeavor.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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