NSS Ambassador Communities

NSS Ambassador Communities

The NSS Ambassador Program is a relatively new initiative that is helping the organization reach an expanded audience of sculptors across the country on a grass roots level. Ambassadors, who are appointed by the NSS Executive Committee, work with the NSS offices and members of their community in an effort to:

  • Provide a supportive and inspiring regional community where sculptors can connect with one another.
  • Increase personal contact between a growing NSS membership and the organization.
  • Better educate the public about good sculpture through local groups and programs.

The first Ambassador Community was launched in Southern California in 2016. The California community grew rapidly and ultimately divided its members geographically between the northern and southern parts of the state, forming two separate groups by 2018. Participation continued to grow organically, gaining traction as word spread. Groups were formed in Texas and in the Carolinas over the next two years, and in 2020 communities in Idaho, Indiana, and Utah organized and started to meet.

Each community serves as a resource for NSS members, interested artists, and the public. Ambassadors are the primary contact for each NSS Community, in collaboration with the NSS offices in New York City. They help facilitate communication amongst the members of their communities and organize meetings and events with the group. Ambassadors share information about the National Sculpture Society and its various programs, such as educational workshops and classes, exhibitions, publications, prizes and awards, and other opportunities that encourage sculptors and promote sculpture. The current active Ambassador Communities are noted below, with respective ambassadors.

The NSS Ambassador Program is a relatively new initiative to increase communication and individual contact with a growing number of members in regions around the country.

Ambassadors, who are appointed by the NSS Executive Committee, work with the NSS offices and members of their community in an overall effort to involve sculptors, celebrate sculpture, and educate the public about sculpture through programs in regional communities.

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One Ambassador is the primary contact in each region; they help facilitate communication among members of the group and act as a spokesperson and representative of the NSS in that community. NSS Ambassadors are volunteers; NSS welcomes inquiries from all interested members (Fellows, Associates, Elected Sculptors, Allied Professionals…). Requirements include organizational skills, computer skills, enthusiasm and time to devote to interacting with other members and resources. Examples of activities organized in communities are meetings, workshops, studio tours, group exhibitions, and any other matters related to Sculpture. The first NSS Community was formed in Southern California early in 2016; Mark Edward Adams is the Ambassador. The community has held several informal meetings in studio settings, had studio tours, organized more than one major gallery exhibition, and held gallery talks. National Sculpture Society is a not-for-profit, Private Operating Foundation. All NSS programs support and promote sculpture for the benefit of the public. NSS Communities help us reach more sculptors and sculpture enthusiasts around the United States.

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Carolinas Community – Dan Kraus, Ambassador, dan@krausart.com

SouthCal Community – Mark Edward Adams, Ambassador, markedwardadams@gmail.com

NorthCal Community – Deanna Rae Cummins, Ambassador, norcalnss@gmail.com

Texas Community – Donella Lay, Ambassador, northtxnss@gmail.com

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