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Volunteer Spotlight: Abby Brazinski

By Manny Cantor Center | In Archive | on June 19, 2019

Abby Brazinski has been volunteering at MCC for about a year in the ceramics studio as a studio monitor. We rely on artists who want to give their time to the community to help our studio stay clean and organized, and provide students need help or advice. Abby also goes above and beyond in support the teachers and students in their projects outside of the studio.

Read about her experience in her own words below:

What brought you to volunteering at Manny Cantor Center?

I met Susie (Art School Director) at a ceramics event in Brooklyn. I had graduated from college the previous Spring and was trying to find a new studio to work in. It was through that chance encounter that we talked and I started coming to Manny Cantor!

What has your experience been like?

Most of what I do is prepare clay for the students, load and unload kilns, and generally help out around the studio. In between doing things for the studio I’m able to work on my own projects. Lately I’ve been focusing on different glazing techniques and making ceramic jewelry. I was a ceramics minor in college and also worked at the school’s studio, so I love that I can continue my own work as well as studio work!

What does volunteering mean to you?

Volunteering to me is about contributing to and being a part of communities. What you don’t get monetarily you get two-fold in the people you meet and the experiences you gain.

What is your favorite part about volunteering?

When I graduated from school I was really worried about losing the sense of community that I had in the ceramics studio there. It is so great to see what a strong community this studio has, and since coming here I’ve gotten to know many wonderful people. It’s so important to me to know the people you work around and be able to share ideas and talk about the work, so I love that this studio fosters that environment.

One fun fact about you?

I foster cats! I started about three years ago and have since had more than 20 cats come through my apartment.


Volunteers are integral to the work we do at Manny Cantor Center, our spotlight series provides an opportunity to share the stories of why community members volunteer, what they gain from the experience, and the impact they are able to make. Thank you to all who choose to come through our doors to help build the community we want to live in.

If you are interested in volunteering with us here at Manny Cantor Center, we have opportunities available for a variety of schedules and interests. Learn more about serving at MCC here.

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