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February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

i have gone to numerous shows here as well as partaken in some and i think that this group of artistic people is the bees knees. they help the community as well as support local artists and causes. i love all that they do and continue to do and i hope they do more of it forever! i especially love the fact that the artists they showcase are required to give back to the community in return for space there. what a GREAT concept!

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

attending and partaking in events and shows.

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

change nothing.

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

the vibe, they make everyone feel welcomed.

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

do wonders!

Ways to make it better...

have more of them, as it is now the theme varies and they are once a month. have more! please!

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

it is awesome!

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

I interned over the summer and would intern there again. I was able to teach an after school program at a middle school through the gallery, as well as learn some of the ropes on running a non-profit art gallery. It provides a great service to the San Francisco arts community, experience for artists (when I had none in teaching or the general art gallery world), cheap studio space, and awesome shows like Taste, and New Growth (students art exhibit). The location and hours are very open to the public and the classes are great!

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

Real people. They were very open and friendly, egos were out the door when it came to the artist-staff-intern relationships, and the artist were driven and hard working. I felt like part of a team.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

Root Division is a place I look for inspiration, listen for the artist's wisdom, feel hope in the creative process of assimilating the challenges of our world today. I am impressed by their diversity, personal touch, generosity to the public, and invitation to cross the routine borders of our minds.

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

their authenticity.

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

excited, generous, and committed.

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

touch so many more lives.

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

Root Division is very supportive environment for emerging artists, offering studio space and exhibition and teaching opportunities. Also great for audiences as they offer open enrollment classes and frequent public events.

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

the professional growth I have achieved during my residency. This happened because of exhibitions and studio visits at root division.

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

Offer more subsidized studios, raise the caliber of exhibitions and events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

I've known the Root Division folks since the very beginning. They founded the organization with the question, "What do artists need to maintain their practices and contribute to the larger community?" The answer? Artists need reasonably priced studio space, opportunities to exhibit their work and teaching experience. Root Division's model provides these three things to artists. But the real beauty is that the artists also "give back"--through teaching in under-served schools, adult education, and a myriad of events and diverse exhibitions. Root division is true to its mission. It's a great organization.

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

many ways: it is a great transitional community for artists who have recently received their BFA or MFA degrees, providing fair-priced studio space and the opportunity to teach and exhibit work. RD is a vital exhibition space for emerging artists.

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

the ongoing, thriving community of artists. RD's mission is fulfilled every day in tangible ways.

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

Buy a great building with plenty of space for studios, exhibitions and teaching.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 11, 2008

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August 11, 2008

I'm an intern at Root Division, and what I've been most impressed with is how accessible the staff is, especially given that they're modern and have pretty big openings. And the idea of giving artists cheap studio space in exchange for giving back to the community is a really nice idea. *This review was collected during a site visit to Root Division's 3 Minute Film Festival and entered by GreatNonprofits staff on behalf of the reviewer

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

the opening nights--it's always packed, people are having a good time, and when I work at the door people are always impressed with the mission. Especially when I give my schpiel about what we do, people are always willing to donate.

Ways to make it better...

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

n/a

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

helping with the shows and the openings, and really getting exposure to all facets of what it's like being an artist through things like the 2nd Saturday programs.

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

they're really great. Helpful, supportive, approachable.

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

move to a bigger space, support more artists and increase the school programs. One of the neatest things RD does is run art programs for public schools that don't have the budget for them, so running more art programs and afterschool programs would be great.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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

reaching out to a broader demographic with regard to a more racially diverse audience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 11, 2008

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August 11, 2008

I volunteer here because my friend, Rachael, is affiliated with Root Division and I help out with the shows and the openings. I also send friends to take classes. *This review was collected during a site visit to Root Division's 3 Minute Film Festival and entered by GreatNonprofits staff on behalf of the reviewer

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

it makes me feel more involved with the community in general.

Ways to make it better...

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

look for a new space with natural light.

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

pretending to be an artist at these events!

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

everyone is just an artist volunteering as staff--they're passionate, and they've integrated Root Division with the community.

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

get a new space with better natural light

Ways to make it better...

there was a formal way for people to volunteer if you're not an artist--I just go through Rachael right now, and she tells me what's going on.

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

funding space, finding ways for artists to make money and, as the organization expands, figuring out who deserves what space.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 11, 2008

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August 11, 2008

I've worked a lot with nonprofits and community organizations and communal organizations, so I'm always drawn to them and you get to be a part of something. Plus I just graduated from grad school so I was kind of looking for a community, and Root Division is a good transition. Also, if you have your own studio sometimes you're a little isolated--here there are always people milling around, so there's the opportunity for a lot of interaction. *This review was collected during a site visit to Root Division's 3 Minute Film Festival and entered by GreatNonprofits staff on behalf of the reviewer

The Great!

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

I've taught individual and group classes and people seem to appreciate that it's accessible and nearby. And as for the effect on myself, this studio is just a great place to be. And it's cheap. And you get to learn about the shows and how they're put together, so it's a kind of all-encompassing experience.

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

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

having a studio and a place that doesn't break the bank.

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

really warm, dedicated, know what they're doing

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

improve the space, especially the lighting (it would definitely be nice to have more natural light) and the safety--sometimes it's a little intimidating leaving here late at night.

Ways to make it better...

mostly just the same issues as before--natural light and safety.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 11, 2008

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August 11, 2008

I just recently graduated and needed to find an artist community and a space to work in. Root Division was a place that provided both. It also provided teaching experience, which I don't think I would have otherwise had. It's been really great, I've learned a lot and met a lot of fellow artists. It's a really good organization that supports both the artists and the community--we teach youth and adults and it's about including the community. *This review was collected during a site visit to Root Division's 3 Minute Film Festival and entered by GreatNonprofits staff on behalf of the reviewer

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

seeing the shows by the artists in residence, the fundraisers, and the general support for the artists.

Ways to make it better...

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

n/a--I think it's doing really well for itself. It's growing, but they have a good core (board, staff) and that's key.

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

it's been fun being a part of the community, and also the teaching experience which I don't think I would otherwise have been able engage in.

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

honest, fun, really organized and relatable

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

get a better studio space

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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

reaching out to the WHOLE community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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