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February 16, 2010

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February 16, 2010

It started out well but ended up bad. I would like to see more appreciation for the board members and hired staff. After the work was finished, I was treated like a 3rd class citizen in dealing with my contributions. The experience has really really made me think twice about participating again. The other volunteers I met were great!! It was the few at the top that felt a strange entitlement to be aholes about whose art was important enough to block by business interest. If someone ask me what I thought about the organization knowing the politics that was flying around for the last two going on three years I would say that the organization wants to be FOR-PROFIT and want to place “certain” people in paid positions without looking at the “little people” that got them there in the first place. It was a good idea but its quickly morphing into a “you’re not like me” club of arrogant people that forgot the reason why and how artwork should be seen.

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

great idea poorly exercised...

Ways to make it better...

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

Rotating staff positions and a leveling of "Appreciation" for the workers who busted their butts to make it happen on time.

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

the other volunteers i met

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

rude not objective and seemed to have their own agenda outside the mission statement

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

Flush it down the hole "what not to do in business" the organization seemed to be more about drinking champagne in exclusive rooms than the work of exposing underground artist without political backlash.

Ways to make it better...

They honored those who went the extra mile to complete the overall presence of the events. The ones who spent extra time that amount in days to get their events to professional levels with no pay.

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

The massive egos...after all were dealing with artist with artwork. The misguided ideals of some of the "leaders" will kill the concept of the mission statement.

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

i use to like the experience of sharing with groups of people that usually dont communitcate with each other. I am sorry that is going away becasue of selfish gain. I feel if you cannot help those people that inspired the concept in first place then URoff

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 15, 2010

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February 15, 2010

Three years Artomatic gave me the opportunity to plan and show my first art exhibit. So when I decided to return to work as a filmmaker, Artomatic was the obvious subject for a feature length documenary. That film will feature the art and music of Artomatic alumni who have gone on to become successful as well as interviews with these artists and members of Artomatic's board. To be sure, Artomatic's leadership had been critical to the development of this film project. Jay D. Krasnow Filmmaker/Director Journey to the Center of Artomatic www.artomaticvoyage.com

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

my work as an artist/volunteer and as a filmmaker documenting Artomatic

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

Common mission, common goal

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

Hardworking and friendly

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

Create a plan to develop satellite Artomatics aross the nation and seed money to develop them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

Artomatic is my favorite DC art scene to recommend to folks looking for art in the city. It features upwards of 1,000 local artists, and I love that the space is open for a variety of levels of talent and genre. Best of all, it's free/by donation and hence is open to all people to enjoy. Last year was my first artomatic experience, and I'll be sure not to miss it again!

Ways to make it better...

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

eliminate some of the less impressive musical appearances.

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

following up with artists and staff.

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

fabulous!

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

be open all year long!

Ways to make it better...

it had lasted longer!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

i visited this summer and was very inspired. i'm an artist, not a visual artist, but it inspired me to write more and try and audition for more theater productions. as a person who has a lot of artist friends in the dc area, it was wonderful to see that they had a great medium for which to display their work. it's a nice space, too. i love the urban feel that the cement floors and exposed ceilings give to the place. very New York. loved it.

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

one of the photogs who displayed their work got in touch with me for a shoot, which i was able to add to my acting portfolio. i was also able to audition for a fashion show that was held here!

Ways to make it better...

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

give it more funding.

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

it's a free space where my friends and i will be able to hang out, look at art and not have to be too fancy or high falooten

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

friendly. looked like they genuinly wanted to be there

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

rule the world! the arts needs more money and i hope you all get it!!

Ways to make it better...

if i'd seen more advertising for it! and also, if i could write for you all! a.mcpherson83@gmail.com

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

that art is not genuinly appreciated and in these merky economic times, it's hard to get funding from people who can afford to give it.

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

art is awesome! it's my life! and thanks!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Artomatic has made art a part of my life in ways I never could have imagined. When I stumbled upon my first event in 2007, I was stunned at the amount of creativity lurking in what often seems a dull government town. I could just picture lawyers and lobbyists coming home after work and making time to do this other stuff -- painting, building, editing photos, whatever they do. I even ran into someone I knew standing by his circuit board installation, and I would have never guessed he was an artist! In 2008, I went back several times and took different friends each time. Spending so much time with the installations and discussing the work with so many people drove home to me that art isn't just for high-falutin' arTISTEs, it's something anyone can do. So in 2009, I got up the nerve to show some of my own photos. It was scary and thrilling to stand up and declare myself as a creative person, and I got tons of great encouragement from other participants and friends who visited. I have about six ideas for things I could do at the next one, and I'm now on the lookout for other creative outlets. I even joined a band! I can't think of another experience that would have brought this creative spirit out in me -- the scale, the openness, and the accessibility of this annual event are unparalleled. Many thanks to the people who work all year round to make it happen.

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

being inspired to tap into my own creative impulses, for little things like making things for friends and big things like displaying work at Artomatic.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

incredibly dedicated to making the event happen. The core group spends an unthinkable amount of their personal time to pull off a top-notch event. Most attendees don't realize that the event is all-volunteer run!

Ways to make it better...

the committee volunteer experience had been a bit better explained. The information for artists and bands was wonderfully specific and detailed, but for the more ad hoc volunteer options there's not as much clarity about expectations.

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

balancing the expectations of a professionally-run, highly polished event with the chaos that naturally comes with a volunteer-run organization of this size and complexity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

Volunteering for Artomatic has been an incredible experience. I help with marketing, and working with Artomatic has been a great way to meet new people like me for work + fun. It has shown me more about DC than I ever could have expected to see! After I lost my job during layoffs in 2008, Artomatic made it possible for me to continue my work on my own and has helped me establish a great network of freelance jobs, all of my first ones with people I met at Artomatic. There is no other more open, accessible, and inclusive art or social scene in DC - and we put on an awesome show!

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

The new friends I've made and work I have done as a result of working with Artomatic.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more people to volunteer!

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

All of the crazy + cool stuff I've seen.

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

Creative, driven, and proactive.

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

Create the coolest contemporary art space in the country.

Ways to make it better...

There were more structure to organizing the event - we're working on it!

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

time + space.

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

you should share your story about Artomatic too!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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