Notable Groups: Volunteering Within the Arts Scene

Gillian Hewitt Smith is Notable’s Philanthropy Expert, a corporate affairs businesswoman, and avid volunteer.

I’ve always loved the last few weeks of summer. I take this quieter time to think through how I’d like to spend the remainder of the year, and the places where I’d like to give my time – my own “back to school” prep.

If you haven’t found a place where you’d like to get involved, this is an opportune time to look around. You may want to consider checking out some of the young professionals/young patrons programs that are popping up across the city (and, in fact, across the nation). These initiatives are a fun way to introduce yourself to organizations looking for great talent, and to get you involved as a patron, donor and/or volunteer.

Here are a few of the membership programs and special events you may want to consider to kick start your search, and have a great time. The links are below so that you can check out the details. There are a lots of arts and culture initiatives listed, and if you’re aware of YP programs in other sectors (healthcare, education, etc.), please share!

Bottom line: find an organization that’s meaningful to you and contact them to ask about getting involved.

Art Gallery of Ontario: AGO Next
 – in support of Free The Children 
Business for the Arts: artsScene (be sure to watch for artsScene’s boardLink event this fall and the Arnold party) 
Canadian Art Foundation: New Contemporaries 
Canadian Opera Company: Operanation 
Canadian Stage Company: Visionaries 
Culture Days
Factory Theatre: Young Professional Committee 
Opera Atelier: Les Dauphins 
Royal Ontario Museum: Young Patrons’ Circle 
Toronto City Summit Alliance: Emerging Leaders Network 
Toronto Symphony Orchestra: TSO Young Professionals Community 
United Way of Greater Toronto: GenNext

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