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February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

It is simple, was great to be involved with all members, great affords, great team, great art, great performers great topics. Is never a negative experience with artomatic. I leave far away so my time was limited to the voluntary schedule, I was wishing to go back but some how became expensed to pay hotels and eat on restaurants even more if the family is involved. Some time so much art together will make difficult to sale because people can not focus and I can not tell. Ones I have a printing business and I learned to do for a client no more than 2 designs to chose, the early times I tried so hard to please them and make few as my imagination can create, I was frustrated to see that the client have so much difficult to chose even if he like what he saw. Some time we ending in no selection. I see the same with to much art, this happen in my studio and the museum http://www.communitywalk.com/va/aibanez_museum_aim/map/124531 People really get impress but they do not know what to see. Hope every one be part of ARTOMATIC I can nevr be more thankful and happy with the experience.

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

making great friends

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

creativity

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

great

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

a present to the world

Ways to make it better...

have much more parking benefits

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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February 16, 2010

I took part in the first 3 Art-o-Matics. In 1999, at the old funky laundry building at Florida and 13th, I showed my art work for the first time, in conjunction with a good friend. It gave me the experience selecting work, mounting an exhibition, publicizing it, and marveling at the outpouring of the DC arts community, 250 people I believe participated. My second outing was at the old Sears/Hechinger's building on Wisconsin with a group of artist friends who had collaborated on an exhibition of our work at one of the venues Art Salon offered (long since converted to something else). I sold some work, which was a great boost. The third time at Waterside Mall was a particularly poignant experience. I had been chief of staff at EPA for 4 years, and was now returning for the first time to what had been the Agency's headquarters. The signs were still up in the library and I showed in a room with out much ventilation, one of the problems with the building when I worked there.

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

gave me good experience, boosted my confidence, and led to some sales of artwork

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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

It was a good experience. Great to partisipate in such a large gathering of a Washington D.C. artists' exhibition. Volunteering was a big part of exhibit and that area worked well with the artists.

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

be such a great publicity for the city of Washington D.C.

Ways to make it better...

If I had registered earlier.

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 16, 2010

I felt that ALL of the art works were substandard. It gave the impression that DC artists have absolutely no skill. Which, as a local artist myself, offended me. Perhaps in the future instead of an enormous exhibit of kitsch, you might consider a small exhibit of fine art... just a suggestion.

Ways to make it better...

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

rebuild it from the ground up.

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

could buy something that cost 10 million bucks.

Ways to make it better...

real artists were being represented.

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

complete lack of taste.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you are going to make alcohol available, make it free. Selling drinks in an art show is in poor taste.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 16, 2010

I have been involved with Artomatic twice: once as a visitor, and once as an artist. As a visitor, the experience was fantastic. Floor after floor of art, nonstop programming, food and alcohol - and no charge to get in! As a participant, however, the event was disorganized and frustrating. Each participant is required to volunteer for three shifts, which seemed reasonable. The problem was that each time I volunteered, I was told new or different guidelines, and none of the guidelines were followed correctly anyway. My first time volunteering, I was to take out trash on the freight elevator, but there was no one there to help bag the trash on each floor (I was not supposed to leave the elevator) and the process was extremely inefficient. No one knew who was supposed to be doing what, and if you left your post, you were scolded by the extremely immature and - for lack of a better word - mean volunteer coordinator. The second two times I volunteered, I was a floor guide, but was again treated like a child by the volunteer coordinator, who clearly had set her own rules and would get angry at anyone trying to actually enjoy the experience. I was supposed to stay on the floor with my partner, one of us covering the entrance area to the floor and the other looking for people who might be stealing art. At the same time, I had to help the person selling drinks, the trash person, and people from other floors because they were given conflicting instructions and no one knew exactly how it was supposed to work. The volunteer coordinator never once came by to ask us if there was something we needed, and one time, my replacement didn't show up at all (I had to leave my partner's replacement there by himself). Next year I will go to Artomatic as a visitor, but I will never again participate. I urge Artomatic to find a new volunteer coordinator who has people skills and an understanding of how to manage groups, and I urge participants to get their volunteer shifts over with early so that they can enjoy the event the rest of the month.

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

set clear volunteer job duties before the event starts, send a volunteer coordinator to each floor every hour to check on volunteers and set up shifts so people come 20 minutes before they are supposed to start (in case they are late).

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

the amount and breadth of art, the fact that it is free, the ability of local artists to have a venue for their work, the way it brings the community together and the fact that it is held in an empty building in an area of town that needs foot traffic.

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

a mixed bag. The volunteers were fantastic and helpful; the higher-up staff were rude and inconsiderate.

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

really organize and branch out to other cities.

Ways to make it better...

the volunteer coordinator had treated me with more compassion and the behind-the-scenes work had been more organized.

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

organizing! They need to have clearer job duties and guidelines.

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

A few years ago my daughter took me to my first Artomatic. It was a delight to the senses. The various artists, some professional, some just beginning were placed on equal footing in the same space. Each with their own moment of honesty to share. Some of the sharing was glaring, and some tugged at your heartstrings. Artomatic is what true art is all about. A place for the creative side of mankind to be shared. I vowed that in 2009 I would participate as an artist. Scarey, hard, requiring some committment - YES. Worthwhile - YES. Art changes your life. It changes the way you think. Art is like finding water in a desert or flying through a cloud. It provides you with something that is required, demanded for living. I created a Vegan Pig Farm. As I started to set up my display I found myself surrounded by professional artists. I felt honored, enriched, grateful. I was standing among the few, the dedicated, the talented. Artomatic had provided me with a platform, and opportunity to say something of value from my perspective. As you walk through the many floors of art, and you stop to admire the different, the pretty, the shocking, and the brilliant - you began to understand how art is so important for our existance and our ability to go forward. It challenges us not to accept the status of now, but to imagine the "what if." I am so grateful to artomatic for including me in its miracle.

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

create a space for art in our lives that would mirror our dreams

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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I first visited the Artomatic in 2008 and instantly fell in love with the mass collection of creativity. In 2009, I had enough money saved up to display a few pieces and jumped at the opportunity. The whole experience was lifting as friends and strangers appreciated my art work, but what really got me pumped was meeting the other artist. There were plumbers who painted, accountants who took pictures and lawyers who molded metal. It really taught me that no matter what I did with my life, there would be time for art.

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

has always been a good time.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase the price to be involved.

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

Meeting the other volunteers.

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

Awesome people, though a few were rude.

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

It cold rent a larger building for a longer time and host more events, while keeping that fun loving atmosphere.

Ways to make it better...

If paid staff also worked along side the volunteers.

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

The growing number of artist who want to participate.

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 16, 2010

My artwork is kind of quirky and I don't think my paintings could ever get gallery representation. I went through about 2000 business cards during the month of Artomatic and got exposure I could never imagined. I sold most of the paintings that were hanging and I've had 43 commissions since! It was such a positive experience and I look forward to getting more involved in the future!

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

I've met all kinds of interesting and helpful people.

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 16, 2010

Of all of the places that I have had the opportunity to perform, Artomatic 2009 was by far my favorite experience, so far. I am a great admirer of graffiti art, so having the backdrop of the stage covered with such art was a great start. Performing with such a diverse group of performers, and being surrounded by unique art that you would have to attend multiple galleries to see, was incredible! I spent the rest of the day, in between performers, checking out each floor of art. A week later, I came back again to focus solely on the different art exhibitions. I was floored. The inspiration of that event is still with me. I plan to come back next time!

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

I made a lot of contacts with likeminded artists and got a lot of inspiration and ideas from seeing such a diverse spectrum of methods of expression exhibited.

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

Being surrounded by uninhibited forms of expression.

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

Very nice and welcoming. They all seemed to enjoy the environment, as well.

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

...promote the event to a greater extent so that as many people as possible could hear about it, and get the chance to have such an altering experience as I had. It would also allow the organization a chance to bring in more artists from outside of DC.

Ways to make it better...

The parking was difficult due to a baseball game taking place next door. That's the only negative.

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

Having enough time to fit everything in (seminars, etc).

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 16, 2010

Artomatic gives local, national and international artists the chance to show their work without going through a juried process first. For the public, it is a free exhibit of literally thousands of pieces of art for anyone from kids to adults to enjoy. The eduction programs and marketplace are big favorites of mine as well.

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

the sales and word-of-mouth it has brought to selling my art and obtaining more opportunities for exhibitions.

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

do nothing.

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

watching artists and performers who wouldn't otherwise have a chance for an exhibit, put out a beautiful exhibition and receive such positive feedback.

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

fabulous! It is a such a great way to meet other artists and art-lovers in the DC area. I met so many cool people.

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

have artomatic all year long...

Ways to make it better...

the communication to the participants was a little more consistent.

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

finding a great location every year to host the main event.

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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