Looking Forward - Fall Semester 2013
Another Exciting Season Takes Shape
Many of you are already asking what events you can volunteer for in the fall 2013 semester. Our Director Anita DeAngelis is busy negotiating contracts and arranging dates and there is much that is still unsettled. Some events that look fairly certain at this point are the Blind Boys of Alabama, The Turtle Island Quartet, and a residency by sculpture artist Patrick Dougherty. In addition a theater company and a comedian may be in the wings, as well as other visual artists and performers. Stay tuned to find out more as things solidify.
As usual, a list of events needing volunteer assistance will be emailed out at the beginning of August. Be on the lookout for that in your Inbox. A brief volunteer training session takes place before each event. You may also visit our online ushering handbook. We like to secure ushers about four to six weeks before an event. Of course, any time you volunteer you will be able to see the performance for free. In addition, whenever you distribute posters for us you will receive two complimentary tickets to the performance of your choice. Please contact Heidi at 423-439-8587, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Looking Back - Season Four Wrap Ups
Volunteers Anchor the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Events
The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts had 15 events this season that required ushering help from our volunteers. We had 49 active volunteers, adding about 15 new volunteers - some students some and some community members. About 503 hours of volunteer time was contributed – we truly could not survive and function without our volunteers.
Diversity was once again our byline, with everyone from enthusiastic freshmen to retired alumni taking their place at our events - which just goes to prove our point – the arts create a common language that brings people of differing orientations together for the enrichment and benefit of all.
We especially appreciate those of you, students and community members, who have encouraged your friends to sign up and volunteer with us, and we love to see couples who like to volunteer together. Every time you share your tales of volunteering with your acquaintances you help move our agenda forward, and help us to engage the wider community in the arts events we are bringing to the area.
Plus, we have fun!
Spring 2013 Volunteer Celebration Event
About 45 volunteers and Mary B. Martin VIPs and friends gathered in the East Tennessee Room on Tuesday, April 16 for a catered dinner and entertainment by the musical duo the Crazy Water Crystals. The event was a true collaboration. A PowerPoint put together by student worker Ashley White (with the help of our marketing director Lise Cutshaw) featured candid shots of our volunteers at work. The musical duo featured student staff James Edgar and his friend Kris Truelsen, and the decorations were made by the University School's art classes, guided by teacher Ellen Pitts. The program and posters for the event were made by student staff Miranda Bartley, and Miranda and volunteer Joy Adorante were the special set up assistants.
We had fun just visiting with each other and with Mr. Martin, our esteemed benefactor, and his daughter and son-in-law, Sonia and Jim King – special guests at the event. Several awards were given out to the volunteers who stood out for their unique contributions this year:
Joel Blake received the 'Runs all over Campus' Award for his diligence in putting up posters. Joy and Michael Adorante received the 'Bicycle Squad Poster Delivery' Award. Lauren Stevens received the 'Pink Boots Special Seating' Award, Peg Pickens received the 'Merchandise Sales' Award, and Laurie Garland received the 'Friendly Greeter' Award. Laurie Garland leads the pack with 51.5 hours contributed this season, with Joel Blake running a close second.
Thank you all for an incredible year and for attending this party!
Goodbye to House Manager E.T. Tarlton
For the last three years our primary house manager has been Everett "E.T." Tarlton. Most of you know him well, bouncing around with his spiky hair and engaging smile, dashing from artist green room to the box office and up to the sound technician, pulling everything together for a smooth performance. He is a nut and a fantastic House Manager ... and he graduates this spring and will be on his way to a career in theater and dance. We wish him well, but he will be sorely missed by all of us.
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