December 26, 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, we at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center are feeling a warm glow looking back over a successful year. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our 40th anniversary over the last twelve months, whether you joined us for the grand opening of our museum’s new permanent exhibit in April, ran in our 4th Annual Resilience Run in August, or participated in the 8th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest this holiday season.
There’s one group of people we especially want to thank: our dozens of dedicated volunteers. From docents who give guided tours to skilled individuals who help in our library and archives each week, volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do as a nonprofit.
Here’s to our volunteers! Thanks for all you’ve accomplished over the last year:
Library & Archives Research Historian Dr. Rose Diaz works with library assistants who help maintain catalogs, organize materials, teach patrons how to access and use our resources, and collaborate with other tribal libraries. Diaz also supervises archives assistants as they participate in special projects related to the preservation and conservation of materials.
Collections Specialist Amy Cisneros is grateful for collections volunteers who carefully label all new donations, record detailed and descriptive information about each piece, build cradles to safely move them, and help install and de-install all of our exhibitions.
Meanwhile, Volunteer docents offer not just their time but their expertise and charisma when they treat our visitors to guided tours, whether of our museum exhibits or our collection of beautiful Pueblo murals.
Each semester several student interns work with our museum specialists to develop educational activities, conduct research for rotating exhibits, and cultivate our Community Teaching Garden. These interns sharpen their skills in research, curation, and interpretation while contributing to the rich variety of experiences we offer the community.
A number of event volunteers also step in to help us run special events throughout the year, including our Annual Fundraising Gala in September, the bustling Balloon Fiesta Week in October, and our 3rd Annual Pueblo Film Fest in November. These special events couldn’t have succeeded without such generous support.
All told, in 2016 more than fifty diverse volunteers gave thousands of hours of their energy and skills to support our mission here at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Their generosity and dedication are central to the work we do—thank you!
Will you join our IPCC family in 2017 by becoming a volunteer yourself? Find out more about getting involved here, or get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.