The Forbes Center Recognizes Community Volunteers This National Volunteer Week; Organizes upcoming trainings for new volunteers

April 18, 2022 – The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University recognizes its 141 community volunteers this National Volunteer Week during its performance of the 2021-2022 Masterpiece Season of Juggle with stories featuring master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston and jazz violinist Diane Monroe on Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Forbes Center Concert Hall. Volunteers received free tickets to see the show, which celebrates the role of string instruments in African and African American culture and history. Since the Forbes Center opened in 2010, volunteers have served more than 52,000 hours.

The Forbes Center is also recruiting new community volunteers. It will host the next practice sessions on Monday, May 2 at 5 p.m.; Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, May 4 @ 7 p.m.; and Thursday, May 5 at 5 p.m. Sessions last approximately one hour.

The Forbes Center is looking for community volunteer ushers to greet patrons, distribute programs, scan tickets at the door, escort patrons to their seats, and provide information about the establishment. Ushers are also called upon to control unauthorized access to venues, help facilitate seating for latecomers, enforce theater policies, and assist in the safe and rapid evacuation of the audience in the event of an emergency.

Whatever the work of the bailiffs, they see it for free. Volunteers also receive invites to special events and can earn free tickets to use themselves or share with friends!

Interested parties should email [email protected] OR complete a Forbes Center Volunteer Form at https://www.jmuforbescenter.com/about/volunteer.shtml.

Fiddlin’ with Stories is a Forbes Family Fun event sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Airport. The 2021-2022 Masterpiece Season is sponsored by Kathy Moran Wealth Group.

This Fiddlin’ with Stories engagement is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Mid Atlantic Tours program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo of volunteer ushers at an April 2022 performance by Cady Hockman.

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