Volunteerism in the Cultural Arts - A Hidden Treasure?
When it comes to describing volunteers and the volunteer community, attention tends to be focused on social or human services. In fact, case studies, examples of volunteering, and vocabulary choices disproportionately assume that the volunteers are "solving problems" or "meeting community needs." So we hear a lot about mentors, friendly visitors, tutors, care givers, and other similar roles − all of which makes people who work in the cultural arts feel like stepchildren. This Keyboard Roundtable presents an international panel of volunteer program managers in the arts, who share their views on what it’s like to lead volunteers in the cultural arts and how they cope with feelings of being ignored by their social service colleagues.