From the Director
john henry

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FIA Volunteers

Recently, a patron commented on how often she visits and how much activity there is at the Flint Institute of Arts throughout the year. "I don't know how the staff does it all," she said. In fact, our very talented and professional staff would be the first to say­—we don't do it all alone. We couldn't possibly stage all of the activities, attend to every detail, or accommodate so many visitors without the help of our dedicated volunteers. In addition to supplementing the staff's efforts with hours of assistance, volunteers motivate others to serve, as well. Their dedication, enthusiasm and skills add so much to the performance and personality of the Museum and Art School.

Volunteers at the FIA work with the public, staff, and other volunteers to provide the assistance needed to deliver the Institute's essential services. Volunteers of all ages work with all departments performing a variety of tasks from greeting the public to helping with administrative duties, collection research and cataloging, education projects, and fund raising.

Each year, nearly 400 volunteers contribute approximately 8,000 hours of service. This equates to more than $175,000 in services volunteered. Some worked with the FIA for the first time while others added to many years of service.

To recognize the many ways volunteers improve their communities, the week of April 6–12, 2014 has been designated National Volunteer Week. The celebration was created in 1974 and has honored volunteers every year since. During this special time the FIA's Board of Trustees and staff would like to acknowledge and thank our docents, Friends of Modern Art, Founders Society as well as the many other volunteers who serve on committees and special projects for their invaluable service.

If you are not already volunteering at the FIA but would like to, please come by the Visitor Services desk, fill out the volunteer form online, or call the main number, 810.234.1695, to indicate your availability and area of interest. We will get back with you right away.

John B. Henry, Director


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