September 01, 2004 News & Features » Cover Story


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These arts organizations need you.

Artists Polkadot Arts

Get paired with a homeless person to create a work of art together. Works will be auctioned off as a fund-raiser to benefit ongoing arts programming in the shelter system. Contact Karen Fitzhugh, 553-0877.

Collections Management Valentine Richmond History Center

Help the Valentine inventory its collections through data entry. The Valentine also needs volunteers to help with the gift shop and to act as docents for the Wickham house. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Megan Compton at

Hands-On Art Instructors Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Help kids make art at family open-house events and community festivals. Contact Bob Johns, 204-2667 or The VMFA also has several support groups for people with special interests such as the Friends of Sporting Art, Friends of Indian Art, etc., for more information go to the museum Web site:

Docents Maymont

Introduce visitors to the new Upstairs/Downstairs exhibit. Information sessions for volunteer docents will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. For more information call 358-7166, ext. 306.

Event Planner Art 180

Coordinate Art 180's January 19 celebration of its program for at-risk youths, or one of its open studio nights, when the kids show off the projects they've been working on. Contact Marlene Paul, 233-4180. Art 180 is also looking for donations of handcrafted jewelry by professionals or amateurs for Art Karma, a benefit with "karma-themed" party on November 12.

Fundraisers Virginia Performing Arts Foundation

Help the young professionals organization Opus plan fund-raising events to benefit the Virginia Performing Arts Center. Contact President Mary New at or 644-4475.

Gardener at Virginia House Virginia Historical Society

Work in the gardens at Virginia House in Windsor Farms. The former home of diplomat and Virginia Historical Society President Alexander Weddell is open to the public for tours. Call volunteer coordinator Dana Fariss, 342-9643. The society is also looking for tour guides and a library assistant.

Museum Coordinators Black History Museum

Work behind the scenes assisting collections management or assist with visitor services by working in the gift shop, answering phones or giving tours. Contact visitor services coordinator Mary Lauderdale at 780-9093 x13.

Speakers First Freedom Center

Represent the Council for America's First Freedom at events, speaking engagements and trade shows to raise awareness for the First Freedom Center. Contact Laura Baliles at 643-1786 or

Street Performers Curated Culture

Entertain gallery-goers at the First Friday Art Walk the first Friday of each month from October to June. Contact Christina Newton, 304-1554. Also looking for gallery greeters and people to man information tables at Art Walk.

Store Manager Art6

Run the new artists shop at Art6 gallery. Or contribute small works to sell for under $100 on consignment. Contact Chuck Scalin, 353-0217. Art6 also needs administrative help for tasks like addressing invitations to openings.

Technical Buildout Specialists Richmond Indie Radio

Help Richmond Indie Radio set up its new station on West Broad Street. The nonprofit needs mechanical and electrical engineers, volunteers who know how to run wires, set up broadcasting and other electronic equipment, and provide other areas of expertise for its technical buildout. Contact Chris Maxwell, 628-3653.

Webmaster Artspace

Use desktop publishing skills to help Artspace with marketing initiatives like producing its monthly postcard calendar of events, designing ads and running its Web site. Contact Jennifer Bridges, 232-6464.

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