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ARTSPACE INC
February 23, 2010

I first experienced artspace just passing through and attending an occasional event or First Friday gallery walk, but in recent years I've been more closely involved by joining the Board of Directors and helping with fundraising, building issues, and other general support activities. I have also been involved with the Artspace Outreach program, where underpriviledged kids and adults are exposed to top-tier artists who help them express their creativity and gain a broader exposure to the arts than they ever could have otherwise. My company foundation has also chosen to help fund the Outreach wprogram for a number of years. This is a GREAT program and I've seen the results first hand in the proud, smiling faces of those touched by it. I can honestly say that Artspace does a lot with a little and is the nucleus of the burgeoning downtown Raleigh arts community. The building itself is great but the artists who inhabit the place and share their talents within and beyond the walls of the building are what truly make Artspace special and a hugely important part of the Raleigh non-profit community.

The Great!

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

The artists i've interacted with and introduced to my children. They are always welcoming in their studios and I learn something new every time I go. My kids LOVE this place!

Ways to make it better...

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

Gut/renovate the building

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

Seeing the results of the outreach program - the kids and adults that have been touched by this program have a sense of pride and ownership in their work that cannot be described herein.

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

Friendly and helpful but also hard-working and good stewards of the limited budgets within which they work.

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

Redo the building to make it more welcoming and user-friendly, and endow some sort of fellowships to bring in regional/national emerging artists.

Ways to make it better...

The building had a more welcoming and commanding entrance/lobby.

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

Building (see other questions) plus creating a way to rotate artists out of studios where they haven't really worked out for artspace.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I've participated in outreach classes, attended many fundraisers and other events, purchased art from numerous Artspace artists, and helped with several building issues at Artspace.