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November 13, 2013

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November 13, 2013

Arts West is a wonderful facility. My family has attended several events and the recent improvements are a must see! I think that the performance space gives an intimate feel for the audience while at the same time providing everything that one expects to find at larger venues. The only downside is that the bathrooms leave something to be desired.

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The downstairs is in need of a renovation. For all of the great things that have been done in the auditorium, the rest of the building needs an upgrade. Also, the public wi-fi is non-existent.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 31, 2013

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October 31, 2013

Arts West remids me of the intro to the Beverly Hillbillies where the oil bubbles up and make the Clampetts rich. Arts West doesn't fill our pockets as much as it does our hearts and lives. Every week there are several ideas bubblling up and Arts West is there to give breath to their creation. My wife and I have used its services for meetings, performances, plays and all manner of community work. It is a vital part of Athens and the surrounding county.

Ways to make it better...

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

Redo the plumbing. It is a bit dated. I understand this is coming soon on the to do list.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 8, 2010

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December 8, 2010

I am a teacher at a nearby public school. Our 7th and 8th graders just returned from a "field trip" to Arts West to see the "Furry Fables". What a wonderful visit! The play was funny and the students thoroughly enjoyed it; and the Reading lessons from Conflict/Plot to Vocabulary were fantastic! I so appreciate having this facility so close as many of our students have so little interaction with the Arts. Thank you again.

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

My daughter had the opportunity to participate in several plays before graduating from high school.

Ways to make it better...

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

I really have no idea.

March 2, 2010

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March 2, 2010

I have been involved with ARTS/West from the planning stages and have been extremely pleased to find that if has found a way to begin to meet the hopes and expectations we projected for it. It has attracted attention from all ages - very small children through senior citizens. It has found ways to serve a very diverse population in our university, community/rural setting. Most surprising to me is that, unlike performance facilities I have worked with in the past, it does not have a single group of audience members but a number of audience groups each interested most especially in their particular experiences. There is some overlap but it is very interesting to note that ARTS/West has become a unique experience for a widely divergent group reflecting multiple interests and unique perspectives. ARTS/West could be more effective - serving more members of the community - if it had a slightly larger paid/professional staff to coordinate the work of the many volunteers, further upgrade/maintain the facility and improve its communications.

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

renovating the facility from a church to a performing arts facility with display, meeting and class/workshop areas: directed/produced plays there for adults and school children; been a part of meetings of arts organizations, civic groups and lecture/demo

Ways to make it better...

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

Add one or two more staff members - primarily to improve communications and increase opportunities

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

meeting and working with interesting people from a wide variety of arts, economic, cultural and community interests

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

the staff is very professional in its training and experiences but one-two people short to meet the needs. the volunteers are mostly highly motivated individuals who have found a home for their diverse interests-they are interested and often very serious

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

complete the renovation, expand to meet the obvious needs in our community and develop a replication manual and multimedia package for use by other similar communities

Ways to make it better...

We did this pretty much on a shoestring (with strong support from city government) We could use more funding to complete the renovation and still need a bit more staff

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

1.current staffing levels - communication/development 2.facing the real and immediate challenges of the interests and needs 3.outgrowing the current facilities 4.improving the current facilities (electrical, flooring/seating, maintenance/capitol expense)

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

It is very surprisingly wonderful to see what has been accomplished by the current staff and advisors. It has opened the window to possibilities not forseen. We need to find a way to make the window a door and walk through this door with our community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

my wife and I have attended a wide variety of performances. We have taken or grandchildren to see Jack & The Bean Stalk, listened to a renowned jazz piano player, enjoyed plays and music events, viewed art on walls, laughed and cried. We have donated money from time to time as well as office equipment.

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

music, song, drama, cookies, a warm place to sit while be entertained

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

I'm not sure how to answer this? Maybe make them all rich so they could apply their trade without having to tink about the budget. I'm convinced this would not change their enthusiasim. I could be wrong.

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

it is affordable, easy to get to, most always the best there is.

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

friendly, professional, excited

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

rule the world?

Ways to make it better...

we had more time to partake int the programming

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

budget

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

Arts West has acheived levels of success that nobody could have imagined.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I've heard amazing music, participated in improvisatory music and dance, seen complex theater (a community collaborative project on issues around death- this involved movement, film, song, spoken word and more), Bread and Puppets theater came here too! My friend also had an awesome 5th birthday, complete with pirate themed theatricals in the basement. The staff were wonderfully helpful. Their Artoberfest is a great community art exhibit too.

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

hearing groups heard rarely anywhere else.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

ARTS/West, located in the middle of my neighborhood, has been an incredible nexus for creativity and community. Several years ago, a nearby neighbor, Bryan Everson, came to ARTS/West with the idea of a local arts festival occuring every fall. Emily Prince embraced the idea wholeheartedly. From this has been born an annual celebration of local art, including culinary, visual, performance, and other arts and crafts. We call it ARToberfest.

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

being an artist and an audience member.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

They provide an excellent space for communnity arts events and a space for incubating arts programs. I have had positive experiences with the staff.

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

the variety of programming they offer to the community.

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

very helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

For the limited resources, the budget, and the competition with theater at the big university next door, I give Arts West an A+. They are making a lot out of nothing and I can't wait to see where it is 10 years from now.

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

the seats of the auditorium when I've watched a show, in the eclectic basement when I've enjoyed the art, and in the company of fellow theatre-lovers who've been touched by Arts West.

Ways to make it better...

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

hire more staff and give it some more money. I would do a make over in certain rooms, I'd bring in more shows, and make it affordable for groups to use the space for practice.

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

the grassroots level of art and the support of local artists.

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

kind, jovial, enthusiastic, and passionate about their jobs.

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

give more people the opportunity to experience theatre both as attendees and performers (practice space would be cheaper, day care could be provided, the building could get a make over)

Ways to make it better...

the auditorium was nicer in terms of the aesthetic (color) and the acoustic (sound quality).

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

Funding. Lack of marketing. Lack of shows that bring in the crowds.

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

Emily Prince is pretty darn awesome. (She's the director.)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

ARTS/West under the management of Emily Prince is priceless for our Community. It offers the Theater Community a place to audition, practice and perform. It offers the surrounding Appalachian Communities cultural diversity in every artistic endeavor. We are so fortunate to have such a non-profit facility in our own backyard! Break-Legs!

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

Client or patron: Humble Play, ARTCO productions, OVST productions, Lost Flamingo, Art displays, CPA productions, Actor's Moveable productions

Ways to make it better...

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

Emily be full time!

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

It is ALL about the Community! Emily especially makes sure everyone is well served!!!

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

Caring and competent

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

Develope into a nationally renown theater

Ways to make it better...

Audience floor needs to be raked in order to view stage!

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

Floor needs to be raked, back stage needs to be developed and more lights

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

Emily Prince is a dynamic leader and has a great vision of what needs to happen with this facility. Given the money, ARTS/West could bring theater that rivals Broadway!

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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Ohio University and Hocking College students are eligible for volunteer service in exchange for facility usage.
Volunteers may assist in: beatification of the grounds, cleaning, envelope stuffing, ushering for performances,
help with load-in and strikes, tech work (if you already know or wish to learn), teaching a FREE workshop, etc.
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