Part of what makes Fuse so dynamic is our team members! Fuse has grown from a small five-person team to a collective of 30 volunteers. We sat down with Ashley Dobson, our Events Coordinator! Keep reading to learn more about Ashley and her experience working with Fuse!
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Ashley Dobson! Born and raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, I gained my Bachelor of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University, and attended Conestoga College for a post-grad. I am a morning person, a tea fiend, and a lover of concerts.
Talk about your role and what you do at Fuse.
I am the Events Coordinator for Fuse! Basically, I get to support our Community Engagement team with the events we host for the community at large. I also help engage and bond our internal team by hosting events just for us.
Tell us a little bit about your Fuse arts journey! How did you end up at Fuse?
I became a part of Fuse because a friend (Roland Kessler, our lovely Director of Community Engagement) sent me a posting and thought I might be a good fit for the team!
What was it about Fuse that made you want to be a part of it?
Honestly? I started in Vera Causa Opera, and just got hooked on the idea of becoming part of Fuse, haha. But truly, the ability to work with fun and outgoing people and getting to do some good for our community is the best part.
What is your main arts discipline and how long have you been a part of it?
I’ve always really enjoyed writing! I’ve written short stories and loved books since I was a kid, so it’s just something that I’ve naturally enjoyed taking part in.
What has been your favourite memory/experience with Fuse?
Learning how to play Among Us – apparently, I do a very good job of being an imposter!
What are three words to describe Fuse?
Fun. Inclusive. Warm.
What is your favourite part about working behind-the-scenes?
I think my favourite part of working behind-the-scenes is that I get to help pull things together. I work with great people, get to have fun and bring ideas to life – then watch and be a part of the enjoyment!
Which aspect of the transition to Fuse do you find the most exciting?
I started with Vera Causa Opera shortly before the transition to Fuse. This was a motivating time to be part of, particularly the teamwork and comradery that has come out of it - I’m beyond excited to see what this team will accomplish for future programming!
What do you want the community to know about Fuse?
That we’re here! We’re ready to bring so many different programs, workshops and elements to the arts scene. Get ready for us – I promise it will be worth coming out!
What do you hope to bring to the community through your work with Fuse?
I hope to bring the fun and togetherness that we need right now. The pandemic has been so hard on all of us, and I hope that restrictions will lift this summer, so that we can have some socially distanced fun and feel a little closer to our normal.
What about the inter-arts are you most passionate about?
I really love a good story and music/soundtrack mixed together. Video games, movies, more recently – operas! The ability to evoke emotion through music, on top of the story line is simply amazing.
What are some ways you think the inter-arts positively affects our community?
I believe that the arts are the unknown backbone of the community. They’re part of our lives in every way, and they tend to be put into the background – I think that Fuse will help bring these into the foreground and remind people to be more appreciative of them.
Ashley’s experience at Fuse is one of many. Our Fuse Team is the powerhouse behind the amazing work we do to empower artists and our community as a whole. It’s because of our team members, like Ashley, that Fuse is able to make the impact we do! Interested in joining the Fuse Team? Click here to find out more!