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Top Volunteer Opportunities For Art Lovers In Las Vegas

May 12, 2014 5:00 AM

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With budget cuts and a soft economy, those involved in art in Las Vegas’ galleries, shops, classes, organizations and businesses are still working hard to offer a place for people to create and bring art to the world. Yet, if one is an art lover but isn’t really the creative type, there are many opportunities to volunteer and contribute to artistic expression. One does not need to draw, paint or sculpt; just show up and volunteer hours to answer phones, assist art teachers, clean up, organize and do a variety of other tasks while surrounded by the inspiration of art.
ThinkArt! and Think and Wonder Inc.
P.O. Box 230232
Las Vegas, NV 89105
(702) 706-4ART
www.thinknwonder.org

ThinkArt! and Think & Wonder Inc. were created for artists to expand their skills and share their artwork with the Las Vegas community. Its mission is to promote and cultivate art education by engaging the public and offering programs and events for artists and their supporters. Volunteers are needed to develop relationships with agencies, schools and other organizations, raise funding, help with events and programs and other duties in running the two organizations.

Blackbird Studios
1551 S. Commerce St., Suite A
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 782-0319
www.blackbirdstudioslv.com

Blackbird Studios is a cooperative exhibition space, gallery and art studio in the Las Vegas Arts District with a satellite gallery in Container Park. The studios were opened as a way to be part of the revitalization of downtown and its growing young urban population. Volunteers are needed to help with the maintenance of the space, events held at the galleries including Preview Thursday and First Friday, clerical work and assisting the artists. Blackbird Studios is owned and operated by an artist who welcomes anyone wanting to hang out with creative types while contributing to the arts district.

Art in the Park
401 California Ave.
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-0214
www.bchcares.org

The 52nd Annual Art in the Park to benefit the Boulder City Hospital Foundation will be held on October 4-5, 2014, and needs about 300 volunteers. One of the largest outdoor juried art festivals in the Southwest, the event is free to the public and 100,000 visitors are expected to attend. There will be artists selling original artwork along with food and entertainment offered during the two-day festival. Boulder City Hospital Foundation is a larger part of a community medical center with a mission to provide hospital and out-patient services to both Southern Nevada residents and visitors.

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Metro Arts Council of Southern Nevada
P.O. Box 96625
Las Vegas, NV 89193
(702) 583-7277
www.metroartsnevada.com

The Metro Arts Council brings together a variety of community-based projects related to the arts in Southern Nevada. Recognizing that arts and cultural organizations have struggled in recent years to meet operating expenses while the population continues to increase, the Metro Arts Council facilitates collaborations between government, neighborhoods, agencies, artists and businesses to establish and maintain a base for art and cultural programs in the future. Volunteers are needed for a variety of areas including grant writing, public relations, working during events, programs and assisting the artists as well as the council in other duties.

City of the World Gallery
1229 S. Casino Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 523-5306
www.cityoftheworld.org

City of World Gallery is located in a converted house in the Las Vegas Arts District with a mission to celebrate, educate, create and market the arts in the area. Its gallery offers more than 30 artists and artisans displaying their work. Programs featured include Artz to Go (teaching art in two converted buses), Artists for Autism and the Children’s Art Gallery; dedicated to the art of Las Vegas children and a variety of art classes for both children and adults. Its fundraiser, Artists Unleashed with 1K Fun Walk and Pet Show, will be held May 24, 2014. Volunteers are needed for both the fundraiser and gallery during business hours or in the evening during events including Preview Thursday and First Friday.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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