January & February Volunteer Opportunities

What: Tons of opportunities to make a difference by volunteering at SOMArts!

When:  January & February

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

Our biggest volunteer event of the year, Community Volunteer Garden & Cleanup Day, will be held on Saturday, February 4, 10:30–3:30pm, partial day shifts available. We need all hands on deck for a day of beautification and socializing. To join the crew for this volunteer opportunity or to request more information, please email volunteer@somarts.org or phone 415-863-1414, x111.

Below the jump, you will find even more opportunities to get involved in January & February.

Street Team: Flyer Distribution for Upcoming Exhibition
Week of Jan. 23, 2012, 4-5 hours at your convenience
Looking for a volunteer to place postcards at San Francisco galleries, arts organizations, LGBTQ and other social justice organizations, and some small businesses advertising the upcoming Main Gallery exhibition, At War. We supply the list of places. This is a great way to explore the city and help spread the word about the exhibition.

Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance Closing Reception
Thursday, January 26, volunteers needed: 5pm–10pm (event times: 6pm–9pm)
The closing reception includes a curatorial walk-through as well as a panel discussion featuring individuals who have been influenced by the work of John Cage. We need volunteer event assistants from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. For more info about the exhibition, click here.

At War Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, February 3, volunteers needed: 5pm–10pm (event times: 6pm–9pm)
The upcoming exhibition, At War, explores identities in conflict. Curators and participating artists will complete a series of sculptures with found objects, and dueling audio-visual installations will take place in the annex. Volunteers aid the event helping at the door and assisting exhibiting artists, set-up and clean-up. For more information about the exhibition, click here.

Community Garden & Cleanup Day: Calling All Volunteers!
Saturday, February 4, 10:30am–3:30pm
Come help us beautify SOMArts for everyone! We will have outdoor tasks in the garden (led by Amber Hasselbring of Mission Greenbelt) and indoor tasks in various parts of the building. Come at 10:30am to check in and enjoy some morning coffee together. At 11am we will tackle our list of pre-arranged tasks. We will break down at 3pm and enjoy drinks and refreshments together and bask in the beautiful results of our work! We want many volunteers for this, so sign up ASAP!!

The News: Queer Performance Program
Tuesday, February 7, volunteers needed: 7pm–9:30pm (event times: 7:30pm–9pm)
On the first Tuesday of each month The News will spotlight performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, groups, or troupes. Volunteers are needed to help with box-office and the bar, setup and takedown. This a great opportunity to meet performance artists and experience the development of a work. This is a new program at SOMArts – get in on the ground floor! Click here  for more information.

At the Front Lines: War Words & War Dance
Thursday, February 16, volunteers needed: 6pm – 10pm (event times: 7pm–9pm)
A presentation of the At War exhibition, this event features lead artists Peter Max Lawrence and Truong Tran acting as generals of their respective armies comprised of local artists to create a tableau of conflict and collaboration. Volunteers will help with setup and takedown, box office and hospitality and experience the exhilaration of live performance. Click here for more information.

Feast of Words: A Literary Potluck With Maxine Hong Kingston
Tuesday, February 21, volunteers needed: 6pm–9:30pm (event times: 6:30pm–9pm)
This monthly literary event featuring local writers and local chefs welcomes guest writer Maxine Hong-Kingston reading a section on war and peace from her free-verse memoir “I Love a Broad Margin To My Life”. Jasmin Golan returns as February’s esteemed culinary guest. More information about the event is available here. We need volunteers to help with box office, and setup and breakdown of the potluck. Volunteers can participate in the evening’s creative exercises and enjoy good food, too!

At Peace: Panel Discussion
Saturday, February 25, volunteers needed: 7pm–10pm (event times: 7pm–9pm)
The At War exhibition closes with peace. This panel discussion includes Rebekah Edwards and Monica Jane Peck, authors of essays and criticism on At War, and contributing video artist Daniel Lichtenberg, Tran’s artistic collaborator. The discussion is followed by a Q&A session with curators Peter Max Lawrence and Truong Tran. Volunteers are needed to be event assistants – setup, breakdown, hospitality & box office.

Gallery Greeters
Wednesdays & Saturdays, various hours available
Gallery Greeters are important at SOMArts and really make a difference. Gallery Guardians greet people coming to SOMArts and are available to answer questions and give directions. They also keep count of gallery attendance and often help staff with basic clerical tasks. Bring a smile and your go-with-the-flow attitude. Wednesday shifts are available from 12pm-7pm and Saturday shifts are from 12pm-5pm. We request Gallery Guardians to work a minimum 3-hour shift. This is a great way to get acquainted with the staff, programs and events at SOMArts.

To RSVP, or to request more information about any of these volunteer opportunities, email volunteer@somarts.org, or phone 415-863-1414, 111.