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BEHIND THE RED DOORS

Meet Jorge Arteaga

Combine years of event management knowledge with a heart of service and you've only tipped the iceberg in meeting Jorge Arteaga! He may be new to our staff, but Jorge is making an impact. Jorge is a vital component to life “Behind the Red Doors,” so we asked him to share more about himself and this important role ...

What is your favorite AC event? Since I’ve only been here for about 5 months and haven’t been able to go through a full cycle of events like International Folk Festival and Dickens I feel like my answer could change in the next few months. But for now I’d have to say 4th Fridays at the Arts Council. I enjoy seeing our gallery filled with people from all walks of life with one thing in common, a love and appreciation for the arts.

Short Description of Position I take care of logistics for the Arts Center. I plan and setup for meetings and events, manage our inventory of supplies and equipment, manage our external building and equipment, and ensure the building is maintained, safe, and welcoming. Most Fridays you can catch me at the front desk answering phones and welcoming guest to our space.

How would you describe yourself in three words? 3 words…. That’s a tough one….I’d say Amiable, Practical, and Resourceful.

Share some favorite aspects of the job I enjoy planning things and seeing them come together, but most importantly I enjoy interacting with people. Here I get to do both, my work depends on it! I get to be a part of planning all of these great events and putting them together. I get to meet so many wonderful people from different areas in our community.

Where are you from? I was born and raised in New York, more specifically, the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn. I lived there my entire life except for college. My ethnic background is Puerto Rican and Cuban.

What has been one of your most rewarding moments while on the clock with the Arts Council? In the short time I’ve been here I’ve had quite a few, but the most important for me was sitting out at the front desk a few Fridays ago. Fridays are usually a little quieter than usual around here, but this particular Friday was crazy. The phone wouldn’t stop ringing, we got some visitors, deliveries were showing up and I was in the middle of setting up for an event. At first I was a little overwhelmed, but once I was done with everything I realized that I was able to help every person I interacted with that day and still managed to execute the setup for the event. It was at this moment that I realized that I am made for this kind of work. Serving the community is my passion.

What work have you done previously that either ties in with this job or is a total deviation from that path? Prior to coming to the Arts Council I was a Reservation Specialist, before that I was an Event Manager, and before that I was a Book Store Manager. Thankfully all of these positions in one way or another prepared me to be an Operations Manager.

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