Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ArtsFund: Associates - A Night At the Museum

Associates tour the current Nordic
Heritage Museum exhibit, Imaging the Arctic.
Every year over 100 ArtsFund Associates immerse themselves in behind-the-scenes arts events, hone leadership and fundraising skills, and build long-lasting friendships. Last Thursday evening I had a fun opportunity to make new friends at an Associates team meeting at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard.

 Led by Allison Kramer and Blanche Maxwell, the first order of business was to announce the winning team name: "The Art of Raising in the Rain." The Art is one of ten Associate teams, young professionals who learn about and advocate for local arts groups while raising over $450,000 a year. 

It is early in the current ArtsFund campaign and this was an initial meeting.  Each person talked about their personal connection to the arts that motivates them to volunteer for ArtsFund. They worked on fundraising skills and discussed their goals for the campaign, which of course include raising quite a bit more than the other nine teams!

The team also took a special "after-hours" tour of the Nordic Heritage Museum led by CEO Eric Nelson. The tour featured Imaging the Arctic, an interdisciplinary exhibit that explores the impact of climate change on West Greenland's ecology and culture.

The Art of Raising in the Rain hard at work.
The meeting did include wine,
cheese and the opportunity to sample a little Aquavit.
Imaging the Arctic features the work of three women: marine
mammal biologist Dr. Kristin Laidre, Finnish
photographer Tiina Itkonen, and expeditionary
 artist Maria Coryell-Martin. The photo is the cover of a gorgeous book
 about the exhibit which can be purchased at the museum.

No comments:

Post a Comment