Thank You Volunteers!

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As 2020 brought many challenges, we were thankful to have the amazing, dedicated help of some wonderful volunteers over the past year. Art in Action thrives thanks to the hard work of our interns and volunteers who support us daily with projects such as fundraising, production, marketing, and curriculum development. Here, we highlight the work of two of our most recent volunteers:


Molly Johnston

My name is Molly Johnston and I am originally from Redwood City. I attended Gonzaga University and graduated with a degree in Public Relations and Art. For the last eight years, I have worked in luxury hospitality as an event manager. With the impacts to that industry over the last year, I found myself with much more time for volunteer work, art, and other projects. I even started working at Philz! Some quick fun facts – I visited 30 states before turning 30 and will be moving to the Big Island of Hawaii next month to return to the world of weddings and events.


My time with Art in Action has been within the Development department working alongside the team to produce a variety of events including the upcoming spring mural, creating collateral for internal communications and assisting with a variety of projects to increase awareness of everything we do. I was lucky enough to pursue art my entire life through painting and photography, studying art in Florence, Italy and freelancing since graduation and find art to be the most important outlet for me and my overall sense of well-being.  We are only positively impacted by art and using our minds in creative ways. It is a joy to be able to be part of an organization that brings art to so many schools!


Nate Reilly

My name is Nate Reilly, and I’m from Niagara Falls, NY. I’m a sophomore at Cornell University studying policy analysis and management, with a minor in fine arts. A fun fact about me: I donated 12 inches of hair this winter to children with cancer!


I engaged in a development internship with Art in Action, specifically focused on finding general community funding sources and progressing the Redwood City children’s mural project. These projects will be especially helpful in the spring, when I will be creating my own community mural in Niagara Falls. I enjoyed working with Art in Action because it was an amazing opportunity to advance and provide high quality arts education to children like myself, who may have not gotten the opportunity otherwise.