Volunteer Fair Celebrates Town’s Generosity

Saturday’s Arlington Volunteer Fair, hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, gave potential volunteers a convenient way to commit to helping out area organizations that run on people-power. Representatives from a number of area organizations were on hand with sign-up sheets in hopes of attracting help for their causes. Organized by ACAC’s commissioners and Arlington Chamber of Commerce partners, the event drew over 200 participants to the Masonic Temple.

Poet Laureate Steven Ratiner presented some of his poems at the event and introduced attendees to his “Red Letter” Project to bring poetry to Arlington’s residents in unexpected ways. And ACAC Commissioner Stephanie Marlin-Curiel shared information about programs coming up this spring and summer to celebrate arts and culture in Arlington — ACA’s PorchFest, and Arts Commission programs Garage Band, Chairful, the Fox Festival, and more events that you can learn about here on the Arts Arlington website. Attendees enjoyed performances by Ottoson Jazz Ensemble, Bros II Men (an AHS vocal ensemble), the Ottoson Chamber Ensemble, and TBD (an AHS vocal quartet).

The Fair afforded an opportunity to recognize 3 outstanding teachers in celebration of March’s Music in Our Schools month! Cristin Canterbury Bagnall, co-chair of ACAC, presented Paula Demetrio, Instrumental Music/Band Director, Grades 4-8; Jing-Huey Wei, String Orchestra Program Director, Arlington Public Schools; and Gregory Condakes, Ottoson Middle School Music Teacher, Chorus/Boys Chorus Music Director, with commendations from Representative Sean Garballey and the Massachusetts House of Representatives for their “work as educators, mentors and leaders on behalf of their students, skill as artists, and the contributions that they and their students make to the cultural life of Arlington.”

Go here for more information about the Arlington Volunteer Fair.

Thank you to the following organizations for taking part in the 2020 Volunteer Fair:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Arlington Center for the Arts
  • Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture
  • Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi)
  • Arlington Disability Commission
  • Arlington Libraries Foundation
  • Arlington EATS
  • Arlington International Film Festival
  • Arlington Rainbow Commission
  • Arlington Tourism and Economic Development
  • Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
  • Friends of Magnolia Park
  • Metro East MRC
  • Old Schwamb Mill
  • St. John’s Coffee House Concerts