ARTS FOR THE SCHOOLS
February 24, 2012
As a volunteer on the technical side of the performances I have been able to see the incredible striving for a high quality experience for our school students on two sides: Arts for the Schools as an organization and the incredible performers they bring in. First Raine Howe, executive director, is tireless and extremely competent in her efforts to bring the very best performances to our schools and at the same time being the person who marshals the resources needed to do this. I'm continually amazed at her ability to align sponsors, grants and community support in this effort. Her program staff have been wonderful in working with the volunteers and in providing the performers with a first class experience while they are in this area. The other side of this coin for me has been to experience not only the professionalism of these world-class acts but to see how much they care about having an effect on the young audiences they face. It is truly delightful to see the interaction between them. Students benefit from seeing performances that expand their perception of the world of artistic performance. Many of them have opportunities to interact directly through workshops and residence programs. Arts for the Schools is the only way these experiences are made available through the local schools.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
hearing the responses of school children and adults to the performances and to the personal interaction each performer brings to the audience; seeing young children repeating dance moves or singing out loud along with the performers in group workshops or even during the performance and finally, the huge pride that local high school dancers and musicians show when they perform in concert with the professionals that shared their talents.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I have learned many professional tips and expectations for the technical skills I already had. This is both from the other volunteers and the performers.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Extremely satisfied and fulfilled. Not to mention just plain good about having so much fun while helping this group.
Volunteer & Assist with lighting, audio and general setup of performances.