For the week of Oct. 28, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in cooperation with Dance Complex; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Performing Arts Center of MetroWest and Vermont Symphony Orchestra . How do arts volunteers make an impact? Dance Complex
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Dance Complex is a true example of how the art of movement and music can transcend the boundaries of socio-economic background, race, history, religion, or another human characteristic and bring people together in health, exercise, and artistry.
Performing Arts Center of MetroWest
- Art is for everyone
- Allowing more people from the community to engage with and become invested in the MFA
- Share interest in the arts and the Museum’s world-class collection with visitors from all over the world
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
- Education in the performing arts provides students and volunteers of all ages with life skills and builds character traits, such as discipline, self-esteem, an ability to focus and a sense of team work.
- Students and volunteers make friends, learn social skills and gain a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
- Access to the performing arts provides a sense of community, well being, and healing which allows participants, volunteers and audiences to cross economic, social, ethnic, physical, mental and age divisions to share common experiences.
Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" – Ali Jafari Ali JafariVolunteer, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Music is the true universal language, feeding the soul and mind. Most musical nonprofit organizations require volunteer leadership and direct service support to fulfill their commitments to the communities they serve.
- Quality music education is critical to a complete education for our students. Unfortunately, many public school music programs have fallen victim to budgetary cuts. Services provided by musical nonprofit organizations supplement the classroom learning, providing hands-on, real world applications and learning points that translate easily into math, science, and language curriculums.
- Orchestras represent hard-working, dedicated performers working as a team to produce successful results for the enjoyment of loyal fans. They add value to their community.
Ali has been a tour guide of the Museum’s collections for almost a decade. His knowledge of the MFA and accessible way of talking about and introducing art to people from all walks of life is amazing. In one weekend shift he may be pointing out an American painting to a group of adults, showing the Egyptian mummies to visiting children, or discussing Samurai swords with college students. The ease and enthusiasm in which he is able to draw people into a conversation about what they see is infectious. During his tenure here he has positively affected thousands of visitors and truly provides an excellent experience. What arts volunteer opportunities can I pursue? Dance Complex
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program
- Help with fundraising: Billie Jo Joy, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Become a member of the work study crew: staff the front desk, clean dance studios, participate in annual two-weeks of building improvements in August, or ask about special projects. Nadia Womack, email@example.com
at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, features contemporary cinema, restored classics, American independent films (including films by local artists), area premieres, and director retrospectives. The Program also hosts a number of film festivals throughout the year. Visiting artists frequently attend screenings and discuss their work with the audience. Concerts
at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston take a variety of forms—outdoor summer concerts, year-round concerts in the 380-capacity Remis Auditorium, and various free concerts and events throughout the year. The program features world-renowned indie, folk, and world artists with a growing interest in local and experimental performers. The film and concert departments need enthusiastic volunteers to help spread the word about our diverse programming. They welcome volunteers with backgrounds in marketing, public relations, advertising, or a similar field who can bring creative ideas and energy to our marketing strategy. They should also have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to excel whether working independently or collaboratively. The volunteer should be available at various times during the week, with a commitment of 10 hours per week through mid to late April. Street Team Volunteer Responsibilities:
• Delivering monthly film calendars to drop-off locations in the Boston area (a car is not needed) • Delivering seasonal concert flyers and promotional materials to drop-off locations in the Boston area (a car is not needed) • Occasionally attending non-MFA events to promote upcoming MFA events • Assisting the departments’ managers with outreach and promotional campaigns • Writing posts for the MFA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts Qualifications:
• Experience and/or training in marketing, advertising, public relations (or a related field) preferred • Outgoing and engaging personality • Exceptional interpersonal skills • Demonstrated ability to excel independently and collaboratively • Demonstrated ability to be innovative/creative in accomplishing goals • Ability to commit to 10 hours per week through late April Performing Arts Center of MetroWest
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
- Assist backstage with makeup, costumes, props and scenery at performances and dress rehearsals.
- Build, move and store sets for production.
- Technical assistance with lights and sound.
- Video tape performances and burn DVDs for cast and crew.
- Assist at fundraising events for PAC serving food, taking photos, selling tickets, helping with auction items, set up and clean up of event, selling raffle tickets, etc.
- Take photos and create posters for publicity.
- Distribute and post flyers in the MetroWest area.
The Patriots Charitable Foundation is proud to work in conjunction with Dance Complex, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Performing Arts Center of MetroWest and Vermont Symphony Orchestra for "Arts Volunteerism Week." Dance Complex Located
- Join a regional board of trustees: be on the ground floor in planning and implementing musical and educational outreach activities in your community. Contact Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join Yo-Pros: the young professionals group that coordinates social events around VSO performances for the next generation of symphony fans. Contact Amy at email@example.com
- Bring SymphonyKids to your community: work to coordinate a Musicians-in-the-Schools or Musical Petting Zoo presentation in your local schools. Contact Eleanor at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer to help at a concert: usher, sell/take tickets, stuff and distribute programs, park cars; in general, ensure an enjoyable experience for our audience members. Contact Grace at email@example.com
in the historic Odd Fellows Hall, in Cambridge, MA; The Dance Complex
is a volunteer based, artist run organization dedicated to promoting, advancing, and sponsoring artistic endeavors, creative work and education in dance and the movement arts. The Dance Complex
is a process; we are members of the arts community establishing a resource, referral and support center that is responsive to a wide diversity of needs. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts houses and preserves preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. The Museum aims for the highest standards of quality in all its endeavors. It serves as a resource for both those who are already familiar with art and those for whom art is a new experience. Through exhibitions, programs, research and publications, the Museum documents and interprets its own collections. It provides information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world. The Museum holds its collections in trust for future generations. It assumes conservation as a primary responsibility which requires constant attention to providing a proper environment for works of art and artifacts. Committed to its vast holdings, the Museum nonetheless recognizes the need to identify and explore new and neglected areas of art. It seeks to acquire art of the past and present which is visually significant and educationally meaningful. The Museum has obligations to the people of Boston and New England, across the nation and abroad. It celebrates diverse cultures and welcomes new and broader constituencies. The Museum is a place in which to see and to learn. It stimulates in its visitors a sense of pleasure, pride and discovery which provides aesthetic challenge and leads to a greater cultural awareness and discernment. The Museum creates educational opportunities for visitors and accommodates a wide range of experiences and learning styles. The Museum educates artists of the future through its School. The creative efforts of the students and faculty provide the Museum and its public with insights into emerging art and art forms. The Museum’s ultimate aim is to encourage inquiry and to heighten public understanding and appreciation of the visual world. Performing Arts Center of MetroWest
The mission of the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest (PAC) is to promote, encourage, and nurture performing arts for the purpose of cultural development and empowering the human spirit. PAC provides high quality education and experience in music, theater, and dance, including training, performance opportunities, and sponsored, professional, multi-cultural events. PAC serves children, teens, adults, and families, and collaborates with community organizations throughout the MetroWest area of Boston, Massachusetts. Vermont Symphony Orchestra
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) enriches lives through music by fostering and encouraging the appreciation of music in all its various forms, with emphasis on orchestral, choral and chamber music. It seeks to raise the common standard of musical education and enjoyment, and to provide, at moderate cost, quality performances for a broad and diverse public throughout Vermont. Annually, the VSO produces over 250 presentations, the great majority of which are free to their audiences. SymphonyKid
s is, arguably, the most pervasive educational outreach of an orchestra of any size in the country, reaching approximately half of all elementary and middle school students in the state. During the 2011/2012 season, SymphonyKids
offered 203 presentations for 170 schools in 136 (of the 251) towns in Vermont.