Workshop in Open Fields Volunteer Application
Workshops in Open Fields has been nationally recognized and celebrated by the National Endowment of the Arts and CNN. Founder, Dr. Vivian Ayers, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry, honored by NASA, and recognized nationally as a trailblazer for cultural activism. She was recently honored on the African American History Calendar. She graduated from Brainerd in 1939 and is actively involved now in reopening this historic site for artistic and educational enrichment. Her daughters Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen are championing this movement to bring national attention to the work being done here in Chester at Brainerd Institute through Brainerd Institute Heritage organization.

You will receive an official signed certificate and personalized letter of recommendation from the Brainerd Institute Heritage Board of Directors, honoring your participation in this ground-breaking initiative. When filling out the brief application, please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.


Brainerd Institute Heritage Board
Phylicia Rashad
Vivian Ayers
Vivian Gray
Ronald Gray
Pete Stone

Contact us with any questions:
115 Marquis St. Chester, SC 29706
Before beginning the application, check out this video to get a sense of what Workshops in Open Fields is all about!
Name *
Date *
Address (include city, state, and zip code) *
Phone number *
Email *
Emergency contact (include name, phone number, and their relationship to you) *
Gender *
Date of Birth *
Have you ever been convicted of a crime *
If you answered yes to the previous question, please explain:
What school do you attend? *
Will you need hotel accommodations (if you live more than 30 minutes from Brainerd in Chester, SC) *
Do you have a reliable source of transportation and a driver's license? *
Please provide the name and contact (phone and/or email address) of at least one person of reference *
Which weeks are you available to volunteer? Please check all that apply. *
We want to know more about you, your experiences, and your interests!
Pick at least TWO of the following questions to answer with a short paragraph
Do you have any experience working with children or teaching? Or would this be your first experience? Briefly explain.
Why do you want to volunteer with us; what do you hope to gain from the experience?
Describe additional artistic skills, hobbies, or areas of interest that you might want to share or teach with small groups during the program. (For Example: math, story telling, science, writing, music, poetry, painting, astronomy, theater, filmmaking, sports, etc).
Brainerd Institute Heritage Disclaimer
Brainerd Institute Heritage Workshop in Open Fields reserves the right to deny a request for volunteer services if a determination is in the best interest of the student(s). This determination is within the sole discretion of the Brainerd Institute Heritage Board (Brainerd Institute Heritage Board: Phylicia Rashad, Vivian Ayers, Vivian Gray, Dr. Ronald Gray, and Pete Stone).Any statements set forth in this application are true and complete.I understand that any false statements or omission of facts may be cause for dismissal from volunteer service. I give authorization to Brainerd Institute Heritage to conduct an investigation into my background if deemed necessary, and understand that this may be part of the requirement prior to becoming a volunteer with Workshops in Open Fields. I understand that Brainerd Institute Heritage will not be responsible for any personal injury or property loss that may occur to me while performing volunteer services. I also understand that I will not receive any monetary compensation from Brainerd Institute Heritage Workshop in Open Fields, individual employees, board members, or anyone else for serving as a volunteer. In connection with my application as a volunteer, I understand that investigative reports which may contain public record information about me may be obtained. These may include criminal or driving records. Further, I understand that the Brainerd Institute Heritage may request from various Federal, State, and Local agencies regarding my past activities. I also understand that information regarding gender, race, and date of birth is requested for the sole purpose of gathering the above information correctly and will not be used to discriminate against me in violation of any law. I further authorize ongoing procurement of the above mentioned reports at any time during my volunteer service.
Please read the disclaimer above and provide an e-signature below. Your signature acknowledges that you read and agree to the terms outlined in the disclaimer. *
If you are under 18 years of age, please have a parent/guardian sign below, agreeing to the terms outlined in the disclaimer. If you are over 18, please respond with "N/A" *
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