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GREATER FLINT ARTS COUNCIL
February 27, 2010

The Greater Flint Arts Council has been a beacon to which many are drawn, me with artwork in hand. I have been given the opprotunity to show my work for going on 5 years. The arts council has helped give reason and respect to my work in a way unparalleled in my life thus far. Not only is my work shown consistently I find myself in situations that are a big stretch for me. I have a serious case of social anxiety. I also volunteer for openings and am getting better at being around crowds. I am rather phobic in tight crowded areas but these openings bring out artists and supporters and I know we depend on their (my)attendence in order to be successful. Just being there and the people I have met there has taught me alot. Being part of the arts council gives me hope and something to work towards. I am disabled from the military and was quite isolated until I found this outlet and other outlets that Kathy Johnson has helped me research. It's amazing to me to have found this organization in Flint, Michigan, a town whose negative reputation completely contrasts what's going on in the art community here with the Greater Flint Arts Council leading the way.

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

getting outside myself and meeting other artists and supporters. One man I met recently at a opening I actually mention my uncomfortableness around people and he said he use to be the same way and shared with me how he got over it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & help set up and serve drinks and food at openings also submit art for shows.