Bruce Munro: LIGHT Opportunities

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens will be seen in a whole new light this summer and fall, and there are plenty of opportunities to be the life force behind a new, garden-wide art installation.

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. 2nd Street, Rockford, and Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, 946 N. 2nd Street, Rockford, held a news conference today to announce a major grant donation and share volunteer opportunities for Bruce Munro: LIGHT. Bruce Munro: LIGHT will run from June 3, 2017 through November 5, 2017. 

Volunteer Opportunities for Bruce Munro: LIGHT

Installation of the exhibit will take roughly four to six weeks.  Throughout the installation and during the exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens will need hundreds of volunteers to not only help create the sculptures, but to give tours.  Below is a list of volunteer opportunities: 

Light Docent - Be an essential part of the exhibition by helping visitors understand the artist’s message
•    Three-hour shifts: 5:00 to 8:00 pm / 8:00 to 11:00 pm, June 2 to November 5, 2017
•    Volunteers must be age 16 or older 

Light Host – Provide general support to Conservatory staff during open evenings by welcoming visitors, distributing guides, offering directions, and more. 
•    Three-hour shifts: 5:00 to 8:00 pm / 8:00 to 11:00 pm, June 2 to November 5, 2017
•    Hosts will be positioned at various stations throughout the Conservatory grounds
•    Volunteers must be age 16 or older

Light Tech Team - Work alongside the Bruce Munro installation team and Nicholas Conservatory exhibit technicians to help create Bruce Munro’s exhibit in the gardens, as well as perform ongoing exhibit maintenance. 
•    Pre-/post-/ongoing exhibit installation upkeep
•    Pre-exhibit set-up beginning early May 2017, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm / 1:00 to 4:00 pm
•    Each volunteer is asked to commit to a minimum of three shifts, Monday through Friday
•    Ongoing exhibit maintenance June 3 to November 5, 2017 (daily) 
•    Post-exhibit tear-down November 6 to mid-November 2017, times TBD (Monday through Friday)
•    Volunteers must be age 16 or older 

Flash Light - Behind the scenes helping hands supporting Nicholas Conservatory staff with preparations for the upcoming evening’s volunteers and exhibit. 
•    One volunteer needed 2- to 3-hour shift (daily) 
•    Volunteers must be age 16 or older 

Volunteer Incentive Program

All volunteers will be invited to attend a Bruce Munro “thank-you” reception in January, 2018.  Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens also has a volunteer incentive program in place based on volunteer hours. 
•    1st shift commitment: Receive a Bruce Munro/Nicholas Conservatory volunteer t-shirt and water bottle
•    3 or more completed shifts (9 hours): Receive four one-day admission tickets to Nicholas Conservatory
•    Five or more completed shifts (15 hours): “Find Your Fun:” Choose four one-use tickets from a variety of Rockford Park District locations! 
•    10 or more completed shifts (30 hours): You and a guest enjoy a moonlight cruise on the Forest City Queen
•    18 or more completed shifts: A complimentary NCG individual one-year membership 

Call Joy at 815-969-6036 to request a volunteer packet.

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Awards Grant

The majority of Bruce Munro: LIGHT is funded though the Nicholas Family Foundation Endowment, although additional support is needed in the form of sponsorships, donations, and volunteers. The Rockford Park District Foundation received a $35,000 grant for Bruce Munro: LIGHT.  The grant was awarded by the Community Arts & Humanities Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.  “The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has a long-standing commitment to supporting artistic expression of all kinds in the region.  As a neighbor just down the river from the Nicholas Conservatory, we can’t wait to see it all lit up,” said Jon Bates, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois President. The money will be used to help make this exhibition truly world-class.  “This type of world-class exhibit will shine a big spotlight on Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, and put Rockford on the map, so we appreciate any and all support. Thank you, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for helping to make our dream a reality,” said Kelly Moore, Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens Facility Manager. 

Within the last year, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois also awarded the Rockford Park District Foundation two $25,000 grants for expanded usability of the Rock River Recreation Path. The grant was awarded by the Dr. Courtney J. & Margaret Hutchins Hamlin Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ Community Grants Program. In addition, the Rockford Park District Foundation has also received a grant from the Community Arts & Humanities Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for $50,000 for new lights at the Sinnissippi Park Music Shell.

About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has been a regional leader in philanthropy since 1953. CFNIL serves as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for  the needs of northern Illinois. Since its founding, CFNIL has granted more than $60 million for charitable purposes.