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Friends of the Visual Arts
February 8, 2011

Many of the reviews that are posted here are from people who get free studio time in exchange for a minimal amount of "work". While there is good instruction and the facilities are good, the organization is cliquey and people who aren't accepted by the clique are treated badly. The board members are also people who founded the organization and they implement many self-serving policies, put their work before the work of others, etc.

In reading the reviews it might be helpful to look at the profile of the person and the "What did you do" to determine the person's affiliation with the Willamette Art Center. Most people who "volunteer" actually exchange work or chores for free studio time (which is not volunteering).

The Great!

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

I have both seen and experienced how this organization works.

Ways to make it better...

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

Remove all founders from positions where they receive free studio time. Bring in some people with "business sense" and "common sense" to run the organization.

General Member of the Public & I am a patron of the organization.