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Director of Community Relations :iconmoonbeam13: :

Table of Contents


1. What is Community Relations
2. What are your Core Values?
3. What are the changes?
4. Are you bringing on new volunteers soon?
5. What is going on with miscats?
6. What about Fallenrox?
7. What took so long?
8. What next?
9. CONTEST!!!!
10. Official deviantART Contests
11. Important and Entertaining Links
12. News from the Galleries

1.What is Community Relations?


deviantART's Community Relations Team provides a unique collective effort that seeks to create and sustain collaborative relationships among deviants and to develop innovative opportunities within the global art industry. These relationships are meant to provide and encourage opportunities to foster creative genius.  The CR Team acts as a window of information for the community on how to utilize deviantART in a way that will empower and enable themselves as respected and successful artists.

Our ultimate vision is a community of artists that come together unified and strengthened by sharing the belief that they hold the artistic power to create and shape their own success.  In order to realize our vision,  our mission must be to exceed the expectations of our community, whom we view as partners, and we will accomplish this by committing to our shared core values.

2. What are your Core Values?</A>


C O M M U N I T Y
We believe that our community is our most important resource and we strive to act in ways that nurture and encourage its growth, development and ultimately its ongoing success. We err on the side of the artist.

R E S P E C T
We treat each other with respect, as we believe that every staff member, volunteer, and member is a contributing factor to deviantART's success.  We acknowledge that even those that challenge our patience offer important lessons we can learn from and strive to do so.

E X C E L L E N C E
We share a passion for excellence, quality and creativity in everything we do and strive to instill these values in our community.

A R T I S T S
We are artists and we reserve time for creative expression.  We recognize the importance of nurturing our inner artist, as not only beneficial to ourselves, but also integral to our connection with the community.

T R U S T  
We build trust among ourselves and within the community by being true to our word.  We speak honestly and with integrity and hold ourselves personally accountable to deliver on commitments we've made.

E M P O W E R
We believe in a commitment to continuous learning and improvement, and maintaining open, positive communication that encourages and fosters creative genius.


3.What are the changes?


First of all the department name has changed from Artist Relations to Community Relations.  I think this name gives us more clarity and will serve to be more inclusive as opposed to a department focused only on artists.  Secondly, Gallery Directors are now Gallery Moderators - again for the sake of clarity.  In an internet world, moderator is a more widely recognized term, where gallery director has led to years of confusion.   The rest of the changes are:

- Streamlining of the volunteer program to be more concise, offer more support, be more enjoyable and offer opportunities for ingenuity and creativity
- Development of a vision statement, a mission statement and our core values allows us to be consistent in our messaging and provides the entire team with a concrete direction


4.Are you bringing on new volunteers soon?


Yes, once the dust settles from this announcement, I will begin opening up the doors :) Please watch my journal this will be happening soon :)


5. What is going on with miscats?


Effective last week, the Gallery Moderators have begun digging through the galleries. The images reported by you, the community, are being handled by the CEA and HD teams who are working through the backlog at record pace.  The galleries are getting cleaner by the second! We're also still developing automated processes to make use of those of you in the community that are just so darn good!


6. What about Fallenrox?


Effective immediately, KariAnnLax is the new Manager of Film Development.  This position allows Kari the freedom to develop the film gallery to the greatness I know it's going to be and I'm very excited to be working with her in this new capacity :) I don't know who started the rumor that she got demoted but don't you feel like you have egg on your face now ;)

Film is going places!




7. What took so long?


A great question but it was a sensitive project.  There were over 80 people affected on the volunteer side (MN@ and Gallery Moderators) and ensuring that the changes I made were within their best interest and better than what they already had was my first priority.  Yes, it took a lot longer than I planned but I would rather it take longer because I did it right, then rushed it along and upset a great many devoted people I cared about.


8. What's next?


Now, I bring on new volunteers to fill the gaps, sit down at my desk and start planning the projects and directions that will fill 2009.  I have several things planned, including completing streamlining the galleries, a Gallery FAQ type project to better define all of the galleries and what content belongs there, restarting project educate etc.  Please check out my forum about 2009 projects and let me know if there's something you want to see us do :)

There are many references to Gallery Directors and Artist Relations and certainly many support stamps (*coughneednewonescough*).  These things will be updated over time, the logo is being redesigned as we speak :) We figure you know who we are you won't get lost :)

9. CONTEST


What's the point of change if there's no contest!

Objective

Present our Core Values (listed above) in a visual way.  The Core Values should be written out and legible but how you do that is up to you :)

- we must be able  to read the Core Values within your presentation
- must be submitted as a .jpg or .png
- must have a hi-res version available for print purposes (all print proceeds from this image will be given to the ArtistsForCharity account)

Submit your entries to Contests & Projects -> contests -> 2008 -> C.R.E.A.T.E Contest

Deadline for entries is November 30, 2008

Please note that if your image is chosen as the Grand Prize Winner, the image will become the property of deviantART Inc.

Prizes

Grand Prize - Image will become part of communityrelations and be our official visual representation of our core values, artist will receive a 1 (one) year subscription, 1 (one) deviantWEAR tshirt, and $200 deviantdollars.

Second Prize - 1 (one) deviantWEAR tshirt, 6 (six) month subscription and $50 deviantdollars



10. Official deviantART Contests


:bulletpurple: Design the Dew - Deadline October 29, 2008
:bulletpurple: Villanous Villanelles - Deadline October 30, 2008
:bulletpurple: Character Lab Contest - Deadline October 31, 2008
:bulletpurple: 2009 Fractal Calendar Contest - Deadline November 15, 2008
:bulletpurple: Stage A Male Photography Contest - Deadline November 20, 2008
:bulletpurple: A Midsummer Nights Dream Contest - Deadline December 15, 2008
:bulletpurple: Fancraftic 3 - Superheroes - Deadline December 14, 2008
:bulletpurple: Nude Mime Contests - Deadline December 20, 2008
:bulletpurple: One-Act Play Film & Animation Contest - Deadline February 20, 2009

:pumpkin: Halloween Contests! :pumpkin:
:bulletblack: Jack up Your Handheld - Deadline October 30, 2008
:bulletblack: Digital Pumpkin Carving Contest - Deadline October 31, 2008
:bulletblack: Deskwars - Halloween Edition - Deadline November 14, 2008
:bulletblack: Get Your Fear On - Deadline November 20, 2008

COMING SOON
:bulletblack:Fearcus - Deadline November 14, 2008
:bulletblack:Spooky Fantacular - Deadline November 15, 2008


Under the Big Top

:bulletpurple: Horror at the Circus - Deadline November 20, 2008
:bulletpurple: - Pass the Panel - Ongoing




11. Important and entertaining links you should go to


:bulletgreen: Be The Change Challenge

:bulletgreen:Halloween Quickie Film Challenge

:bulletgreen:Winners Announced: Witcher Fan Art Contest

:bulletgreen:the LOL Corner #34

:bulletgreen: Prints 20% off Pre-holiday sale

:bulletgreen: An Interview with Barbara (wildfire2003)

:bulletgreen: deviantART Wallpapers rank 3rd in Top 11

:bulletgreen: Random World Wide Web Wallpapers

:bulletgreen: Jawdropping Traditional Art

:bulletgreen:Let Unknown Be Known - October

:bulletgreen:The New News on Video Resources

:bulletgreen:Halloween in the Pixel Art Gallery

:bulletgreen:the Digital Art Brilliance of Halloween

:bulletgreen: Collecting Scary Anthros


12. News from the Galleries



:bulletgreen: Ring Master

:bulletgreen:Anime/Manga
:bulletgreen:Anthro
:bulletgreen:Artisan Crafts - Myana
:bulletgreen:Artisan Crafts - Kitten-of-Woe

:bulletgreen:Comics & cartoons

:bulletgreen:Digital Art cosmosue
:bulletgreen:Digital Art JunkbyJen
:bulletgreen:Fractal Art
:bulletgreen:Photomanipulation
:bulletgreen:Pixel art
:bulletgreen:Vector
:bulletgreen:Vexel

:bulletgreen:Fan Art

:bulletgreen:Film - KariAnnLax
:bulletgreen:Film - Kaotika
:bulletgreen:Film - DVeditor
:bulletgreen:Film-Animation - Marker-Guru

:bulletgreen:Literature

:bulletgreen:Abstract, Surreal/Fetish Photography
:bulletgreen:Artistic Nude
:bulletgreen:Commercial, Glamour & Pin-up
:bulletgreen:Horror & Macabre Photography
:bulletgreen:Photojournalism

:bulletgreen:Resources
:bulletgreen:Stock Photography

:bulletgreen:Traditional Art
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:iconxtc-fred:
XTC-Fred Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
:iconohjoyplz:
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:icongunezzue:
gunezzue Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
all of the contest you have featured are closed now you know... sorry not trying to be rude just kinda sad to see none of them i can join couse there gone.
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:iconpzuh:
pzUH Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
whoz the winner? :confused:
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:iconkatharsysdesign:
katharsysdesign Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
are we going to see the winners for the contest?
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:icono-bluemoon-o:
o-BlueMoon-o Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Exciting news! :)

I'm probably going to enter the contest, sounds like fun. :D
But I have a question.... What exactly does high resolution mean? I have no idea, as I've never submitted anything for printing... :confused:
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:icondeviartart:
deviartART Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
:excited:
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:iconjezzy-fezzy:
Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
I would like to gain experience by being a volunteer here :nod:

It'll give me the confidence and experience, now that I have AS, it'll give me a chance to mingle with other deviants if they need help :)

I know I'm not making sense at all ^^; Sorry.
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:iconleocbrito:
leocbrito Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
:dance: I'm so excited :w00t:
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:iconsleepinglynx:
sleepinglynx Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008
lets all try to boost community spirit too remember to visit your chosen galleries chat rooms and get to know other artists.
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I would rather it take longer because I did it right, then rushed it along and upset a great many devoted people I cared about."

... Didn't you do that anyway? :roll:
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm sorry but not that i'm aware of.
If there's something you know that i don't then please share otherwise, the vague comments meant to (I'm assume) insult me, mean nothing.
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:iconvangellj:
VAngelLJ Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure. I'll send you a note.
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:iconterrorcookie:
TerrorCookie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
I'm so excited about all of this! :love:

Thank you for the information and good luck. :cuddle:

You've my support all the way. :)
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:iconcharlenequek:
charlenequek Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
2009 approaching fast :D :#1: to contests
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:iconshadowed-light-waves:
shadowed-light-waves Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008   General Artist
Thank you for the updates! :w00t: Lots of fun to read through.


"When I was your age, the CR team was the AR team, and the GMs were Gallery Directors! :shakefist:"


I think the Film GM should still be a GD, though. =D Seems fitting.



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:iconbeehivestudio:
BeehiveStudio Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Many changes and quite enjoyable to read =D
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:iconcatluvr2:
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Volunteer positions opening again? :iconsqueeeplz:

And is that part of a map I see there hiding in the Film/$FallenRox announcement?
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:iconkendra21:
Kendra21 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All of this seems so exciting! :) Best of luck to the people entering the contests :w00t:
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:iconlemontea:
lemontea Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
More fly than a kite!
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:iconbakin:
baKIN Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
I think it bests suits you and all the other volunteers because we ARE a community, after all ! :clap:
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:iconfeetpeet:
feetpeet Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
That is very exciting!
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:iconahmedwkhan:
ahmedwkhan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
All the best :)
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:iconinpuupuaut:
InpuUpUaut Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Student General Artist
Goood! ^_^
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:icongatogirl12345:
gatogirl12345 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Ah, this is gonna serve some problems due to the fact I like to keep old names. Especially when teachers married. =p

Anyways, I decree the nickname for the GMs...Game Masters! :giggle:
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:iconhelly-stock:
Helly-stock Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
weeeeeeee miscats be gone!! :lol:
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:iconpurpelblur:
PurpelBlur Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Above and beyond awesome newsletter.

:heart:
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:iconwiz2525:
wiz2525 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
People hate change, but usually artists are the first to venture forth into uncharted territory. I am a bit surprised to see some of the negative comments being made regarding the reorganization plans proposed or detailed here. To me, these changes seem logical, reasonable in light of the phenomenal growth and complexity this community of artists has developed, and refreshing. I remain very comfortable here, and most satisfied. Here's hoping the new directions and restructuring efforts foster easier use and less time required to navigate the positioning of our art into the dA stream.
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:iconmarker-guru:
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome article danie!
Thank you for taking the time to pull this together and your constant dedication to Us volunteers :heart:
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:iconpyro1v1aniac:
pYrO1v1aniac Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
CREATE.

I see what you did there. :iconiseewhatyoudidthere:
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:iconpulbern:
pulbern Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You're calling for volunteers a month and a bit before my 18th birthday? :ohnoes:
(but good update :whisper:)
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:iconpazazz:
pazazz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for all the info here. I look forward to a new and improved art site that comes together as a community to help and support each other. :)
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:iconesintu:
esintu Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:w00t:

:paranoid: what exactly are we cheering about again? becoming a community of random people instead of an art community? oh joy!

despite the explanatory purpose of this article, i still don't see why a name change was needed, and why it happened in a way that diverts the focus on art in DeviantART. an explanation would be great.
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
That's an interesting way to read it, there is no diversion from art, this is a community of artists primarily however, we do have art enthusiasts as part of our community and I see no reason why they aren't included. My department has always focused on education, collaboration and helping artists find paying positions, that won't change, we're just going to do it better. If there is more that I can explain to help you understand this change better, please let me know :)
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Uncle-Keeps Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Student
I am a little put out, and I am not going to sycophantically guffaw with adoration. I could hardly respect myself if I were to do so, and those that know me do know I do state my mind at times, and my statements are not always the popular position. I do stand to correction and I am willing to be reasonable in a reasoned discussion.

so...

:confused: as I asked already, why are we no longer Artists that have formed a community but a Community that did something I'm not sure what due the lacking of a functional descriptive? Yes, I am saying Community Development would have been the one better renamed to such as dArtist Development.

I also did not know that galleries were living things in need of the hand holding and babysitting that 'moderator' by its functional description implies.

:/ dA has reworded your list of explanations/descriptions many times over the years, and this years rewordings are not... something. Certainly being called simply a citizen with no explicit title I have to express my feeling that I am demeaned as an Artist. Community is what I am a part of for sure and I have supported that for many years here on dA, off dA on other websites and forums, and in real life as well; Artist is my place in this Community. I am not a dog walker, or a floor buffer, or a waiter. Let those people that are have their own community, and let me have my Artist's community here. Or are you, as your words imply "Community Relations has been opened up to encompass all of the community instead of just a hyper focus on just the artists.," instead saying it is no longer in truth deviantART but deviantALLWALKSOFLIFECOMEJOIN because frankly I feel myspace and facebook have had their days already.

deviantART dot com should be the dominion of the Artist :painter:
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:icongaioumonbatou:
GaioumonBatou Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Just because they are focusing on community development doesn't mean that the art suddenly means less, you realize. The art is still just as important now as it was before. This is a community focused around art, therefore in focusing on keeping the community as just that, it will remain about art. If the community at large hates one another, then the focus on the art will be lost, whereas if the team focuses on keeping the community together and marginally happy, then the art will come naturally.

Your being an artist does not (ergo, SHOULD not) mean anything less simply because they've gone and changed the goals on how to keep the community running smoothly. If anything, it should benefit you as an artist. Starting on the list of values that Danie's posted, there is Community. Would you want to be here if the community was bad? I know I wouldn't. Therefore, that does need to come first. Second is respect, the fact that you can publicly voice your opinion on things. I disagree with you, yes, but I respect your right to be in disagreement. The third is excellence. I think this one's located rather importantly myself. The art is the main core of the site, yes. However, if one does not have respect for the art, then can one really excel? If everyone posted their art and there was no respect among members, then there wouldn't be any recognition of the excellence of each artist's work.

The thing about "being opened up to encompass all of the community" means just that. A lot of the time, people are intimidated by the professional artists on the site, and therefore feel excluded. This notion will help to relate everyone, not just those artists who are already good at what they do. The site (in my eyes) is about the progress that the individual can make. As stated on `adonihs's Deviousness Award, "One of the most fascinating things one can do on this site is watch the journey of an artist as they progress and refine their craft through nothing more than sheer hard work and perseverance". It's not just about being an artist, but about making improvement over time, and therefore, to leave out those who are at a less impressive starting point than others is counter-intuitive.

deviantART dot com still is the dominion of the Artist, it is just the dominion of the artist in all stages, not just perfection.
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secondmagpie Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
iawtac.
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:icongaioumonbatou:
GaioumonBatou Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
Scratch that previous comment, I get it now. XD
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:icongaioumonbatou:
GaioumonBatou Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
I'm afraid I have no idea what that means. XD;
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:iconmoonbeam13:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well said :)
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:icongaioumonbatou:
GaioumonBatou Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Thanks. :)
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:iconjezebe11e:
jezebe11e Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
:party:

I'm so glad to finally have a clue what's going on, and I'm excited to see the way the changes will impact the community.

And THANK FREAKIN' GOD the Hat Squad (formerly known as the AR team) is back on miscats. I almost lost my mind browsing the last couple months. ;)
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:iconzerocomplex:
zerocomplex Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Finally :)
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:icongilestheblank:
GilesTheBlank Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
Very happy to read this report.

:)
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:iconstjoan:
StJoan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
i just realized the very obscure reference in my second book will no longer be applicable as my title has changed from GD :(

But now people will stop calling us god damns!! lol
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:icongatogirl12345:
gatogirl12345 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
But now people will stop calling us god damns!!

They have? Dang it!

But GM for me is also Game Masters... :giggle: Who's up for Dungeons and Dragons! :#1:
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:iconstjoan:
StJoan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
among other things ;p
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:icongatogirl12345:
gatogirl12345 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
Dang it...however I would go for Game Masters anyday!
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:iconpaellamagi:
paellamagi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:excited:
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:icondoubtful-della:
Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Photographer
I think I might be ready to apply to volunteer.... I held back before because I wasn't sure if I could live up to time constraints
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Sosenka Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008
sounds great :3
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