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doesn’t just happen inside a classroom. For The Art Institutes,
learning is also creating opportunities for students and faculty
to take their talents and skills outside the classroom, into the
community, to help others.
This year, The Art Institutes will hold its second national “webraising”
event, with schools throughout North America participating.
Based on the Amish concept of a barnraising where neighbors
gather together and build a barn in one day, webraisings build
websites for nonprofit organizations in one 24-hour period.
Webraising is just one of dozens of volunteer efforts that some 5,000
students from The Art Institutes take part in each year,
contributing more than a quarter million hours toward improving
the communities in which they live and attend school.
For a webraising event, students and faculty of the Multimedia and Web
Design departments of The Art Institutes work closely with
nonprofit organizations several weeks in advance, conducting
research, learning about the organization and the population it
serves, and the purpose of its Website. They then work for a
period of 8 to 10 hours to meet the launch deadline date.
"Webraisings are a unique opportunity for Multimedia and Web Design students
to put their skills to work creating a critical marketing and
communication tool for these non-profit organizations that they
otherwise might not have the resources to create for
themselves,” says Dr. Ameeta Jadav. She is coordinating the
current effort underway.
In fact, many students who have participated in webraising events have
continued to be involved with the organization as volunteers and
Web site managers.
For Art Institute of Atlanta student Robert Horton, the experience of
helping to raise a Web site for a local arts organization was
overwhelmingly positive. “I liked the whole experience working
with my team members and the organization representative,” says
Horton. “My participation means a lot to me; it says that I'm a
part of something that's productive."
“While the goals of the event are to develop a strong partnership among
students, schools and their communities, and provide our
students with professional hands-on experience, perhaps most
importantly, we hope to instill in them a life-long commitment
to volunteerism,” adds Dr. Jaday.
For more information on careers in Multimedia and Web Design and The Art
Institutes, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/nz.
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