OFFCENTER COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT
November 27, 2012
I am lucky enough to be a regular volunteer at different OFFCenter events or in the open studio . There is no other place where I see the mix of people interacting together in one place as I do in OFFCenter. The urge to create and to appreciate creativity draws people to OFFCenter. It is a comfortable place for anyone who goes there that makes you want to return and meet more people or explore some new kind of creative expression. It's also a wonderful place to find beautiful and one of a kind treasures that are affordable, and sometimes you can meet the person who made it too!
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OFFCENTER COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT
July 8, 2011
I've been a volunteer for different events at OFFCenter for several years. Particularly one of their biggest and most fun annual events is the We Art The People Folk Fest in Robinson Park in September. I volunteer all day, starting with getting people ready for the giant puppet parade. It's great because anyone from the community can come to participate and wear or carry a puppet and people who do have lots of fun. Other people just enjoy watching the parade in the park. During the day I have volunteered in the 'kids' art tent (sometimes old people are kids too) where there are several projects that kids can do and take away during the day long art festival. Some years I have volunteered in the Board tent telling people about all the other great art making, learning and sharing opportunities available at OFFCenter (which is located just across the street from where the festival is) and selling items to benefit OFFCenter. During the festival there are different local music and entertainment acts and about 100 local art vendors all selling their own handmade work. The idea of OFFCenter is to make art very accessible, both from the artist side - so the fee for vendors to participate in this event are a fraction of the cost for most festivals like this one - and also the participant side, so there are things sold for a whole range of prices. I have also volunteered in the food booths and also as general set up for the whole park prior to the festival (which is much more work than one would expect). This is a great annual event in Albuquerque and it's lots of fun to see so many (about 3,000) people come and enjoy it and for lots of them to learn about OFFCenter and then come back to the center at another time. Volunteering at OFFCenter can take some patience because there are so many things happening, but it has helped me to be more tolerant of a little chaos, and the results are worth it.
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witnessing a place where people really from all different walks of life are in one place with a common interest and feel comfortable because of their shared creative goals (even though they are working on individual projects)
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
find a huge financial contributor for them so they could buy their own building and hire more people to do even more great things at their center
Volunteer & volunteer at We Art the People Folkfest.
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