We love when our students want to spend more time with us here at VisArts! After taking classes from digital design to glass, Mindy Tanner decided to become a VisArts volunteer. Thank you Mindy for sharing your time with us. We appreciate you!
Where are you from originally?If you’re not a local, what brought you to Richmond?
I was actually born in Richmond. I lived here and in South Carolina when I was younger and mainly grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. After graduating from James Madison University and working in Northern Virginia for a while, I relocated to Richmond.
Tell us your volunteer story! How did you end up becoming a VisArts volunteer?
Over the years, I’ve taken several different classes at the Visual Arts Center, from glass to encaustic painting to creative nonfiction. I’ve loved them all. The Visual Arts Center has a welcoming atmosphere, fantastic teachers, and great classes and workshops. I decided I wanted to get more involved in the community and began volunteering at the Visual Arts Center, because I was familiar with the organization, what it does, and the value it brings to the community.
Tell us a little about yourself! (Where do you work? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Where are we likely to find you on a Friday night?)
I’m in communications. In my free time, I love to read. I also teach yoga and have been serving on the marketing and branding advisory group of an emerging nonprofit, IT4Causes, which provides stable, secure, and sustainable IT solutions to small and medium size nonprofits.
Are you an artist or a maker? If so, what do you like to make?
I’m not a professional artist, but I love to take classes and learn new things. Right now, I’m working on some ideas for homemade holiday gifts.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering at VisArts?
The energy of the Visual Arts Center — there is always something interesting going on, and I love seeing what people are making.