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Visitor Guide Overview

Essential Responsibilities:

Visitor Guides help facilitate the experiences that position Art Works Downtown as a lively and welcoming cultural center that brings together people, art, and ideas.

Upon successful completion of the initial training, Visitor Guides will be available in the main gallery to welcome visitors, answer questions, provide information, and engage visitors in impromptu conversations with artists working in their studios. Visitor Guides will also give public tours of the building's architecture and history. In addition, Visitor Guides will be available at special events to engage the public with the artists.

Besides impromptu tours, we will strive to have regularly scheduled tours on Wednesdays, and advertise on the website so that a visitor might come in specifically for a tour. This will enable studio artists to schedule some studio time around the tour time.

In the training sessions, Visitor Guides will be introduced to the artists, will gain an understanding of how art is working for the community, and will learn about the history of the building and its part in the revitalization of downtown San Rafael.

Required:

  • Curiosity and passion
  • Participation in a training session plus the ability to make a 12-month commitment of at least 8-10 hours per month. This may include being available for special events, parties, and receptions.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, and a sense of fun!
  • A genuine interest in the arts
  • Experience working or volunteering in an art, cultural, or educational setting
  • Some experience facilitating conversations
  • Experience giving interactive, discussion-based tours preferred
  • Ability to positively represent Art Works Downtown and its mission
  • Volunteer appreciation events
  • New friendships
  • Smiles and thanks of visitors

Benefits:

As a volunteer, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you are part of a team, and that you are essential to the success of AWD and its mission. You will help AWD foster a sense of community and build connections between people through shared experiences with the arts and culture.

Additional benefits include:

  • Volunteer appreciation events
  • New friendships
  • Smiles and thanks of visitors

Compensation: Visitor Guides are volunteers 


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Internships

Intern City Cafe

Intern helping install show at City Cafe
(photo: Cindy A. Pavlinac)

Work and learn. We are accepting applications for unpaid internship positions for the summer, semester, or full year. Interns will be exposed to a wide range of subjects and media, broadening and deepening their knowledge of art while gaining hands-on experience in many aspects of nonprofit community-based arts management, such as:

  • Administration: Including facilities, and management of our education, community, and outreach programs
  • Exhibitions: Including planning, logistics, staging, events, and promotion for shows in our three galleries
  • Development: Including fundraising events, working with donors, and aspects of the grants process
  • Promotion: Including public relations, database management, and an expanding range of social media engagement

To apply, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and a letter of recommendation. For more information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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Sponsorship

Susan Kirby Place

Susan Kirby Place garden sponsored by the Plante + Bramante families (photo: Petrina Wielgos)

Become a sponsor

Sign your name. Sponsorship lets you support our work in a very specific, tangible way. Opportunities are available to sponsor a gallery exhibition, resident artist, single or multiple events, art classes, community outreach programs –- or even part of our building. Whatever your interest or budget may be, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss the possibilities.

Get noticed: sponsor an exhibition.  Sponsoring a gallery exhibition lets you reach thousands of individuals in a unique and positive context. Your brand will benefit from the association with Marin County's premier non-profit arts center, and you'll connect with a very special audience of art lovers who are community-minded and open to new experiences. Your sponsorship will fund an essential part of our mission, and build a closer engagement between AWD, our local business community, and the public.

To learn more about making art work for your business, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

View our upcoming exhibits

 

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Volunteer

Volunteer Tachina

volunteer Tachina Garcia-Garza
(photo: Cindy A. Pavlinac)

We depend on our supporters for their time and talents as well as their donations. Our Volunteers play an essential role in supporting the administration and programing of Art Works Downtown. As a volunteer, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you are part of a team, and that you are essential to the success of AWD and its mission. You will help AWD foster a sense of community and build connections between people through shared experiences with the arts and culture. 


 Volunteer Opportunities

Occasionally other volunteer opportunities are also available. Please consider joining us to help with activities such as:

To learn more, download an application HERE or contact us 


 CVNL 2017-2
Ellen Leo, Anne Shaheen, Stan Gibbs, Elisabeth Setten 

Our nominee for Volunteer of the Year: Anne Shaheen

 

Anne greatly helped our organization by taking-on challenging job with a short time-line. To celebrate our 20th year, Art Works Downtown held our biggest celebration on September 24th. This event required the collection and organization of over 30 volunteers. With only three weeks until the party, we were still without a volunteer manager. After volunteering for only a few sporadic days, the Art Works Downtown staff thought Anne would be the best person for the job, but they were hesitant to ask because of the scope of work and lack of time. Despite this Anne accepted the responsibility without a bat of an eyelash. She immediately organized a list of volunteers and began soliciting all of the wonderful people who helped make our event successful. Anne worked for two weeks straight contacting people and implementing her volunteer event plan. By the beginning of event week, she had organized over 30 scheduled commitments, which we’ve never achieved. Thanks to her deftness, the rest of the event team was able to focus on their responsibilities and the staff was able to continue working on their day-to-day duties. Without Anne’s contribution, the event would have greatly suffered leaving our community feeling uninspired. While our celebration was in fact just a party, it was very important to us to make it successful for all involved. The celebration was intended to recognize all of the blood, sweat, tears, and creativity that so many people have contributed to the Art Works Downtown organization while inspiring new visions and participation for the next 20 years. This unquantifiable result is what we achieved. Just like our past 20 years, Art Works Downtown continues to enrich our society by connecting the community and art. Anne Shaheen’s selfless involvement has stoked the fire of inspiration into the community that supports and benefits Art Works Downtown.

 

 

 

 

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Major Donors

Follet Collage

mixed media collage by CB Follett
(photo: Petrina Wielgos)

We thank you! The following supporters have made donations of $5,000 or more to help make our work possible:


Foundations

 

JoannePhyllis

Founders Joanne Greene + Phyllis Thelen
(photo: Cindy A. Pavlinac)

Organizations

  • City of San Rafael
  • County of Marin
  • Greater Bay Bancorp
  • Tamalpais Bank NOW Union Bank
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

 

Individuals

  • Doug Andelin
  • Larry + Brennie Brackett
  • Martin Bramante
  • Joan Capurro
  • Mel + Judy Croner
  • Nancy Curley
  • Olga Dollar
    BuildingDonors

    Building donors (photo: Cindy A. Pavlinac)
  • Joanne Dunn
  • Mary Edwards
  • Bettye Ferguson
  • Dennis Fisco
  • Joanne Greene
  • Jon + Linda Gruber
  • Margaret (Peggy) Haas
  • Martha Harrison
  • Victoria Heiges
  • Charles Hoeppner
  • HC Jackson
  • William + Gretchen Kimball
  • Maia McGehee
  • Bill + Joanne Murray
  • Jerry Oken
  • Stephanie + Chris Plante
  • Bob + Becky Pringle
  • Paul Sack
  • Merritt Sher
  • Barbara Stewart
  • Phyllis + Max Thelen

Join us

If you are considering a major contribution to Art Works Downtown, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

to donate online, click HERE

 

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