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Volunteers play an essential role in Art Fair and Townie Street Party -- helping make these events happen. Volunteering is a fun way to go behind the scenes at the Art Fair, meet new people and promote art in the community.

 

Art Fair is over for this year.  Do return in May for volunteer opportunities and registration.  For your winter enjoyment, click on the following links to familiarize yourself with a day in the life of a Volunteer at the Street Art Fair!


2018 Volunteer Orientation Session VIDEO                    2018 Volunteer e-Handbook
 

We are a 501(c)(3) on-profit organization that works all year long to put on this event.  From time to time we can use a bit of help around the office, especially in the 1-2 months prior to Art Fair week. If you are interested in volunteering with us during the year, please send us an e-mail at: volunteers@artfair.org.

2018 Volunteer Assignments

Below is a list of 2018 volunteer assignments. Please take a moment to look through them. When registering, you will sign up for the position and time slot you desire. When a shift has been filled, it will no longer appear on the sign-up form. The earlier you register, the more choices you have! You are welcome to sign-up for multiple shifts. We ask that you remain flexible, as it is sometimes necessary to make adjustments on-site.

 

Townie Street Party

  • Art Activity Zone (age 14+)
    Volunteers work with families, helping them with prepared make-and-take art projects.
  • Floater (age 16+)
    Floaters are assigned to cover shifts as needed due to unforeseen circumstances.  A great spot for the easy-going, flexible Volunteer.

  • Greeter  (age 16+)
    Volunteers welcome visitors during & after the Dart for Art Race while directing them to Townie Street Party.

  • Info/Souvenir Booth (age 16+)
    Volunteers sell Art Fair merchandise and this year's poster.  You also will get questions about the Art Fair and Ann Arbor; clear and friendly information helps make the Visitor feel welcome.

  • Pub Assistant (age 21+)
    Volunteers extend hospitality to guests at the Pub and monitor that the area is kept neat and clean.

  • Pub Gate (age 21+)
    Volunteers greet guests at the Townie Pub entrance.  In addition, Volunteers work with Security to maintain legal consumption of alcoholic beverages by preventing any alcohol from exiting the Pub.

  • Pub Server (age 21+)
    Volunteers must be 21 or older to work in the Townie Pub as this position requires collecting Visitors' tickets and serving alcohol.

  • Set-up (age 15+)
    Volunteers set upchairs, clean signs, run errands, etc.  The very popular Townie Street Party is set up on one day; all help is welcome!

  • Terrace Assistant (age 21+)
    The Terrace is the exclusive outdoor area for Sponsors and Friends of the Fair ($50.00+ donors). Volunteers help keep food and drink stocked, and keep the area neat.

  • Terrace Registration (age 21+)
    The Terrace is the exclusive outdoor area for Sponsors and Friends of the Art Fair ($50.00+ donors).  Volunteers greet guests at Terrace entrance, collect tickets, distribute will-call tickets and provide identification wristbands to each guest.

  • Volunteer Central  (age 17+)
    Volunteers assist staff in organizaing Volunteer Central:  check-in procedures, errands, etc.

Dart for Art

  • Pre-Race Packet Preparation (age 16+)
    Volunteers meet on July 15, 2018, to help assemble and distribute racer shirts and packets.  Work to take place at AA Running Company, 901 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor  48103.

  • Registration (age 16+)
    Volunteers are responsible for distributing remaining racer shirts and packets to all race participants.

  • Finish Line (age 16+)
    Volunteers are responsible for distriuting medals and water to all of the finishers of the race and directing them to the food rtent.

  • Greeter (age 16+)
    Greeters welcome visitors during and after the Dart for Art Race while direcing them to Townie Street Party.

 

During the Art Fair 

  • Art Activity Zone (age 14+)
    Volunteers work with families, helping them with prepared make-and-take art projects.  At the end of the Art Fair, Volunteers will help pack up supplies and clean up the area.

  • Artist Hospitality (age 16+)
    Volunteers are responsible for keeping food and beverages stocked for artists and sponsors as well as maintaining the appearance of the tent.  At the end of the Fair, Volunteers will help pack up supplies and clean up the area.

  • Artist Lunch (age 16+)
    Assist serving a catered sandwich lunch on Friday at Artist Hospitality Tent.

  • Barricade (age 18+)
    Volunteers help people with the appropriate credentials to access the Art Fair site, answer questions and redirect traffic away from the barricades as appropriate.  Firm and friendly folks welcome!  Must be familiar with Ann Arbor. 

  • Boothsitter (age 16+)
    Volunteers watch a booth while the Artist takes a break.  You are given a schedule with booth numbers & break times, scheduled in 30-minute increments.  When not on assignment, boothsitters check with Volunteers Coordinator, then circulate the Art Fair to offer quick breaks, water, unexpected requests.  A great way to meet the artists! 

  • Floater (age 16+)
    Floaters are assigned to cover shifts as needed due to unforeseen circumstances.  A great spot for the easy-going, flexible Volunteer.

  • Set-Up (age 15+)
    What goes up, must come down.  Volunteers help re-set the site from Monday's Townie Street party to Art Fair.

  • Info Booth @ NU (age 16+)
    Volunteers are the answer-people for Visitors.  Clear and friendly information from someone who knows their way around Ann Arbor helps make the Visitor feel welcome.

  • Info Booth @ Wash (age 16+)  Volunteers are the answer people for Visitors.  Clear and friendly information from someone who knows their way around Ann Arbor helps make the Visitor feel welcome.  Volunteers also manage check-out and check-in procedures for complimentary wheelchairs to Visitors.

  • Store  (age 16+)
    Volunteers help sell Art Fair merchandise and posters.  At the end of the Art Fair, Volunteers help pack up supplies and clean up the area.

  • Store - Set-Up (age 15+)
    Volunteers help unpack, sort, assemble and set The Store on the day before Art Fair.
  • Store - Tear-Down (age 15+)
    At the end of the Art Fair, Volunteers help pack up supplies and clean up the area.

  • Volunteer Central  (age 17+)
    Volunteers assist staff in organizing Volunteer Central:  check-in procedures, Volunteer Prize Drawing, replenish snacks, etc.

   

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Volunteer Recognition

We know most Volunteers are here because they enjoy the Art Fair and they want to give back to the community.  We want to show our appreciation for all your time and energy!

Through the generosity of many local businesses, we are able to thank you for your service through the annual Volunteer Appreciation Drawing. Every time you sign in for a shift, you can enter your name for a chance to win a gift. Names are drawn and winners posted each shift. Be sure to look for winner names when you check-out at Volunteer Central.

Donations in 2018 include gift cards, coupons, or product from the following local businesses:


A New Path Financial

Bead Gallery

Bellanina Day Spa

Bivouac

Blue Leprechaun

Bravo

Brown Jug

Bruegger's Bagels

Buffalo Wild Wings

California Pizza Kitchen

Cherry Republic

Chili's of Ann Arbor

Cottage Inn

Denny's

Dominick's

Douglas J - Aveda

Edible Arrangements

Good Time Charley's

Insomnia Cookies

Knight's Steakhouse

MDen

Meijer

Metzger's German Restaurant

Moe's Southwest Grill

Nicola's Books

Pizza House

Plum Market

Office Depot ~ Office Max
 
Red Hawk Grill
 
Relax Station
 
Roos Roast Coffee
 
Target
 
Trader Joe's
 
Weber's Inn
 
Wheels in Motion
 

 Please support the businesses that support the Art Fair!

 

Volunteer Tips

  • Be Informed. Look through our web site before you arrive for your shift, visit pages like our Mission and History and Maps/Travel. Learn as much as you can about the Art Fair.  Once you put on that volunteer shirt, people will come to YOU for information!

  • Wear Comfortable Walking Shoes. Volunteers frequently are on their feet during the Art Fair -- no one likes blisters!

  • Dress for the Weather. Wear sunscreen and bring sunglasses as needed. Weather appropriate clothing helps you enjoy your time at the Art Fair!

  • Drink Plenty of Water. If it’s Art Fair, it's HOT!  Dehydration can be dangerous. You're encouraged to bring your own reusable water bottle to fill at the hydrant water fountain.

  • Be Flexible. The Art Fair is an exciting, fast-paced environment where things can change on a dime. It’s a huge help when Volunteers are patient and understand they may be needed to do a different task than originally assigned. That being said, we’ll do our best to keep you happy and busy!

  • Have Fun!  You’re helping art thrive in our community - what could be better than that?!

  • Thank you!  The Art Fair wouldn't be the same without you!

 

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