As you pack away the last of your holiday decorations and ponder ways to keep those New Year's resolutions, consider starting 2014 off right. The Indianapolis arts community gives us so much. This year, why not give back?
Here's a quick rundown of some of the city's many venues where you could pitch in:
Clowes Memorial Hall
What You Can Do: Volunteers at Clowes typically serve as ushers on a part- or full-time basis. Volunteer ushers need about one to two hours of training, but after that they're good to go. According to James Cramer, Clowes Hall community relations manager, these helpers are essential to serving the more than 100,000 patrons who walk through the doors of the performance house each year.
Contact: Call the main information line at (317) 940-9697.
Indiana Repertory Theatre
What You Can Do: Usher in the New Year at the IRT, which relies on volunteers from the Wellington Theatre Arts Group, an Indianapolis non-profit that provides ushers to local theaters. If you'd like to become one for this historic theater, call the Wellington Group. From there, you'll receive training and be prepared to start serving.
Contact: Call Shirley West at (317) 255-3279 or (317) 903-9898.
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What You Can Do: Plenty of opportunities exist here. You can do almost anything you can think of, according to Jan Virgin, executive director. "Call and tell us your specialty," she says. "What would you like to do for us?" This could include assisting with marketing efforts, such as hanging up posters, and office work, such as helping with mailings and database work. There are also opportunities to volunteer on the board of trustees or advisory council or serve on committees for the dance company's annual fundraising gala.
Contact: Office and ticketing manager Janie Snyder at 940-6555.
What You Can Do: If you have a creative touch, Footlite might be the ideal choice for you. According to producer Marianne Malcomson, the theater regularly needs help with creating costumes and backdrops (perfect projects for a group effort, Malcomson says). There are also opportunities for sprucing up and straightening the shop space, as well as organizing old photos and costumes.
Contact: Call the box office at (317) 926-6630.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
What You Can Do: Listen to performances while getting your volunteer on at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. At the ISO volunteers are needed to provide customer service -- working at the box office with will-call ticket orders, ticket-taking and ushering patrons are among some of the options.There are also opportunities for helping out with office and mailing work.
Contact: Email volunteer services manager Joshua Shuck at email@example.com.
What You Can Do: Opportunities at Motus Dance include working during shows, passing out event programs and greeting guests. Volunteers are also needed to clean and spruce up the studio -- sweeping and washing the dance floor and even painting the studio. According to the company's blog, "newsies" are also needed to help spread the word about the dance company by passing out flyers and selling merchandise throughout Indianapolis. There's also a need for "roadies" who can assist with transportation to and from events.
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You Can Do: If you have the time, the Phoenix Theater has something for you to do. Volunteers are needed to help usher theater-goers, which involves taking tickets, handing out event programs and preparing the house to open. There are also plenty of opportunities to volunteer on committees for the theater's annual fundraisers, Brew-Ha-Ha and Simply DaVine. Or, if you'd like, you can assist in the office or pitch in backstage on a crew.
Contact: Call volunteer coordinator Tom Robertson at (317) 635-7529.