Volunteering with The Drift, Art on Main Street 2009
I have always liked the Arts and 2009 seems to be my year for getting involved. Volunteering with The Drift will be my 2nd involvement with an arts organization fund-raiser.
You could say that this all began through my taking a painting course with Lori Sokoluk in 2008. Lori joined forces with William P. Stock, a photographer and the brain-child behind this, to co-produce an Art Event for The Salvation Army raising funds for The Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. In their “calling all volunteers” email, I naturally responded to Lori, happy to help. I met Bill at our first artist / volunteer meeting. Even though I started out as a generic volunteer, it was soon evident to me that Bill and Lori needed some more help and I was only too happy to oblige. Soon I was the Production Assistant and the Assistant Event and Volunteer Coordinator.
We put together a fantastic event showcasing painters, photographers, a jewellery designer, a furniture designer and a fused-glass designer, all from the Vancouver Eastside. We held the event at the funky Chapel Arts Gallery (a former funeral parlour with morgue and chapel). We entertained with the Kevin Elaschuk Trio along with Bill Coon and André Lachance; and pianist/entertainer Bruce Tilden. Our charity recipient was the Salvation Army Harbour Light a wonderful program offering a continuum of care program including meals, drop-in centre, substance abuse programs, shelters, and more for the downtown east side – one of the neediest community in our city.
The opportunity to work on The Drift is completely due to my now, good friend Bill Stock. He’s one of the new Drift Board members and being the kind, generous and big-hearted man he is, he put my name forward as volunteer coordinator.
The Main Art Drift Society is a not-for-profit society run by its’ volunteers to increase public awareness and to strengthen neighbourhood ties among local artists, the arts community and local businesses.
Be sure to attend our Opening Gala Dance on Friday October 2, 2009 and then spend October 3rd and 4th “drifting” along Main Street visiting artists’ studios and businesses or restaurant where they will be hanging artists’ work between October 1 – 14th. For more information visit www.thedrift.ca