My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Creative Action Institute, Ipswich, MA, USA
I strongly believe in community service and dedicate time each week to volunteer. As a professional artist I seek opportunities to use my experience and passion for the arts.
I became involved with ArtCorps intrigued by the potential of using art for social justice. I started by helping to interview the artists applying to spend a year working in Central America. Through the interview process I got to know the staff. I was impressed by the professionalism of the administration and their sensitivity to the work required by the mission. I was also pleased to see the quality of the artist applicants that volunteered a year of their lives to provide impoverished communities with a new vision for solutions to everyday problems.
I have now had the chance to participate for three years in support of ArtCorps and I am more convinced than ever that art is a valuable tool for social change. As a new Board Member, I have the opportunity to see just how hard the ArtCorps Administration works to make the most out of the funds that support the fieldwork. Their dedication and professionalism is inspiring. The staff continues to refine the process to get artists into communities where they are needed while making the most out of a lean budget. Most impressive to me however, is the creative determination to find new sources of revenue that has prompted the staffs efforts to sell their methodology to other organizations working towards the same results. I believe that it is important for an non-profit to work like a profit driven company in order to make the most out of every donation. ArtCorps is doing good and doing it very well!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have not personally experienced the results of this organization though I have heard from artists who have returned from the field.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
If I had to make changes to ArtCorps I would add more Board Members with fiduciary experience. I also agree with the staff that a new full-time Development position is required.