This week, our volunteer spotlight is on Alison Green!
Why do you volunteer with ASTEP?
I believe that the arts are transformational and offer learners opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. I have witnessed this impact in learners directly through improved confidence, listening skills, a rise in levels of empathy and compassion and a willingness to engage with diversity and explore narratives very different from their own. I believe that all these skills are essential in today’s world and for our sustained future as humans on earth.
How long have you been volunteering with ASTEP?
Since 2013 (?) I think…
What programs have you been a part of with ASTEP?
Due to my location I am mostly involved in the South African artsINSIDEOUT programme but have also witnessed some of the ASTEP summer programs in the US. I have also attended the brilliant Artist as Citizen conference at Juilliard.
What is your favorite memory from an ASTEP program?
Wow, so many. I guess the continued reminder that whenever I visit Nkosi’s Haven, or see the kids on an outing, they ask about artsINSIDEOUT and when it is happening again. I think this is a solid indicator that they perceive the programme as an important recurring event in their lives, much like Christmas, and look forward to it eagerly, with joy and with anticipation.
Thank you, Alison, for volunteering with ASTEP! We cannot do this work without you!
To learn more about ways YOU can get involved with ASTEP, email Sami Manfredi at email@example.com