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- Make Glass
- See Glass
Much of the day to day operations as well as special events are staffed by volunteers. Without the support of the entire community, especially volunteers, we would not be able to fulfill our mission. Opportunities exist throughout our organization ranging from building maintenance to gallery assistance. Many of our volunteers earn incentives, such as studio time and class credit. Generally one hour of studio/class time is awarded for every ten hours volunteered. Thank you!
If you would like to be part of our vibrant community, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-291-4250.
(Image: Volunteer, Jaris Morisson)
(Image: Volunteer, Jaris Morisson)
Out of the Box: A Creative Workforce Training Program at Glass Axis
Strategic Priorities for 3 years
-Energize and grow membership through strong community partnerships, stellar facilities, relevant programs, supportive staff, and consistent communication
-Engage contributors through corporate and member donor relations and acknowledgement, consistent reporting, and grant identification and writing
-Expand education, linking science to art through partnerships, curriculum creation, and outreach
-Begin Capital Campaign to move towards purchasing a building
Impact of the current economic recession on stability, programs, and service
Over the past several years Glass Axis has seen many of our over 140 Artist Members struggling to sell work, find the means to create work, and balance art making with multiple part-time jobs. The stability of our organization relies on the stability of our artists and students. Although our overall bottom line remains strong, the recession has caused much instability and revenue streams have become unpredictable; at one point last year, during a period of low rental and class attendance, we were forced to put a hold on ordering $10,000 worth of supplies and delay our $5000 utility bills. We have since recovered and see Out of the Box as the next step in economic stability.
Innovative Project: Out of the Box: A Creative Workforce Training Program
Out of the Box is an innovative workforce training program that meets selected participants on their learning and professional paths, launching them into positions of financial success with new and proven-effective skills necessary to compete and thrive in today’s economy. The program transforms and expands our already strong volunteer and internship programs into workforce training, where participants learn administrative, technical, artistic, and other vocational skills, while earning free equipment use, supplies, and advanced courses based on completed benchmarks, all while gaining immediate access to income producing opportunities including special events and gallery sales. Participants build skills while they contribute to the success and financial sustainability of our organization. Glass Axis has a 25-year history of relying on volunteers for growth, many strong community partners, and a competent staff; because of this, Out of the Box is an organic next step to maximize our volunteer time in supporting our operations and mission and building the community as a whole. In very tangible ways, the more participants succeed the more our organization succeeds and vice versa. 18 months ago we launched an Out of the Box pilot program with four of our 25 interns and volunteers: two are now employed elsewhere using skills gained in the program, and two are now on their way to advanced glass artist status because of free access, supplies, and higher education. This innovative program thinks outside of the box to maintain and grow Glass Axis and gives artists a well-rounded skill set to start working right out of the box, so to speak.
Goodwill Columbus, ADD Ohio, Mid Ohio Foodbank, Columbus Arts Festival, Upper Arlington Arts Festival, The Ohio State University (various areas), Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus State Community College, Otterbein University, Franklin University, DeVry University, Linworth Alternative HS, Fort Hayes Alternative HS, Upper Arlington HS, Columbus Alternative HS, Metro HS, Tim Lai Architect, Crystal Remembrance Glass, Pecha Kucha Columbus, Columbus Young Professionals, Columbus Arts Marketing Association, Hawk Galleries, Wexner Center for the Arts, OSU Urban Arts Space, and Café Brioso.