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SAORI Arts NYC Board Member

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ORGANIZATION: SAORI ARTS NYC INC

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SAORI ARTS NYC (SANYC) is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to inspire creativity, joy and self-confidence through free style weaving for people of all ages with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities or chronic illness. We fulfill our mission by partnering with organizations that provide programs and services to this segment of our community.

SAORI (SA, Zen meaning everything has its own dignity and ORI, Japanese for weaving) is recognized as a healing art form around the world, unique in its philosophy that in every weaving there are no mistakes, only its own expression of individual beauty.

SAORI Arts NYC believes that:
● All individuals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
● All communities and activities must be inclusive, equitable, and accessible to people of every background and ability.
● Everyone has an inherent sense of beauty, unique sensibilities, and the intrinsic ability to create.
● Everyone has the right to experience the joy and emotional well-being of making art.

JOIN US
We are a young, rapidly growing NPO recruiting diverse board members who will enjoy a role in determining our future. You will be joining a group of highly dedicated and motivated volunteers, advisors and teaching artists who have created workshops, both virtual and in person, webinars and artist talks that have broadened our reach. To learn more, click here www.saoriartsnyc.org to visit our website and read our 2021 Annual Report.

Board Candidate Qualifications
SAORI ARTS NYC is seeking board members who will provide guidance and essential governance services to sustain the mission, vision and values of SANYC. The Board would particularly benefit from the participation of members with experience in the arts; the healthcare field including the impact of chronic illness and disabilities in both children and adults; marketing/public relations; foundation/corporate philanthropy; finance; law.


General Board Member Responsibilities -
Each Board member will
● Commit to serve a three- year term on the SANYC Board with opportunity for term renewal.
● Work with the President to create strategic direction and set short- and long-term goals.
● Commit to $2,000 board dues or a donation that is comfortable for you.
● Provide access to resources, i.e., individuals, corporations, foundations, and support solicitation activities with these resources.
● Be informed about the organization’s mission, services, challenges, and opportunities.
● Serve as advocate and ambassador. Be an active and creative force internally and externally in advancing SANYC’s mission and improving the effectiveness and strength of its programs.
● Attend four board meetings annually in addition to the Annual Board Retreat.
● Participate in one of the board’s working committees
o Education, Programs, Fundraising, Marketing, Partnerships

If you would like to explore this board member opportunity, please email the SANYC president, Ria Hawks: ria@saoriartsnyc.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

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About SAORI ARTS NYC INC

Location:

532 E 87TH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10128, US

Mission Statement

Our Mission The mission of SAORI Arts NYC is to inspire creativity, joy, and self-confidence through free-form weaving for people of all ages with disabilities or chronic illness. Our Vision SANYC envisions creating inclusive communities of weavers by partnering with organizations that provide programs and services to people with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities or chronic illness together with their families and caregivers. Our Values SAORI Arts NYC believes that: All individuals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect All communities and activities must be inclusive, equitable, and accessible to people of every background and ability Everyone has an inherent sense of beauty, unique sensibilities, and the intrinsic ability to create

Description

Yukako Satone, a designer from Japan, brought SAORI to NYC in 2001. In 2016, knowing how valuable SAORI could be to people facing life challenges, Yukako founded SAORI Arts NYC, a 501(c)3 organization, in collaboration with two other SAORI artists, Ria Hawks, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and Brandy Godsil, a fiber artist and fashion designer.

During SAORI weaving sessions, participants explore their own aesthetic, choosing for themselves what to create and how to express their thoughts and feelings. Through these experiences, participants gain confidence in their abilities and feel pride in their accomplishments.

In 2021, we held 125 virtual workshops with 5 different organizations in New York City. The enrollment for the workshops totaled 662, of which 90 were unique participants. The age range was 6 years to over 80 years of age
● The majority of our workshops were with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally
o Two workshops were held to teach staff at an organization the steps of circle weaving so they could work directly with their clients.
o Two workshops were held for children with autism.
o We had 27 one-on-one sessions with two teenage girls with brain tumors. These bimonthly zooms offered weaving and sewing.
o 15 sessions at summer day camp for children with cancer or blood disorders.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Board Development
People with Disabilities
Arts & Culture, Board Development, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Visual Arts
  • Advocacy
  • Fundraising

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25

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