Calumet Art Center seeks volunteers for its operation

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette Calumet Art Center volunteer Lauren Tampas cleans the glass of a display case. The CAC is looking for more volunteers to help out at the center.

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Calumet Art Center is operated by volunteers, and more volunteers are needed.

Ed Gray, who was involved with getting the CAC going, said many volunteers are needed for all aspects of the facility.

The CAC opened in 2008 in what was the First Presbyterian Church on Fifth Street across from the Keweenaw National Historical Park Calumet Visitor Center, just outside of the village of Calumet.

“We saw a need for classes and a gallery,” he said. “We bought the building and formed a 501(c)(3), and away we went.”

Almost as soon as the building opened, Gray said they started teaching art classes. Besides the class space in the basement, there is a gallery, a reading room, and spaces for resident artists to work. The original church organ is still in the building and musical performances are given in the building. About 100 people can be seated for the performances.

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette Calumet Art Center volunteer Lauren Tampas straightens out some cards in a display rack. The CAC is looking for more volunteers to help out at the center.

“It’s the whole ball of wax,” he said.

Almost everybody working at the CAC is a volunteer, including himself, Gray said. There are two part-time staff members who do get paid.

Gray said volunteers are needed for supporting the instructors.

“The volunteers pick up the load for people that do the teaching,” he said. “In the fall, our teaching schedule increases.”

Gray said work for volunteers can be directed by whatever skills or experience they have, and hours are variable.

“People can basically do what they like to do,” he said.

To volunteer at the Calumet Art Center, call 934-2228.

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