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Thanks for wanting to volunteer for ArtsFest 2017!

A hometown celebration of the arts since 1988!  ArtsFest Stuart is a two day outdoor arts festival held in Memorial Park and along East Ocean Blvd. in historic Downtown Stuart to celebrate the arts - music, visual, literary, culinary, dance, kids’ activities and more!  Event dates are Saturday and Sunday, February 11 & 12, 2017, 10am - 5pm.

We depend on your commitment to participate. Your presence and prompt arrival for your scheduled shifts are absolutely necessary. It is very important to remember that if your schedule must change, or if you have an emergency, please contact us immediately by calling Jennifer Hearn at 772.287.6676 ext. 2.

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION will be Wednesday, February 1 at either 3pm or 5:30pm (whichever is convenient for you!)  at the Court House Cultural Center, 80 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart. This meeting is to get everyone acquainted with their job duties, the ArtsFest Staff, and to give you the inside scoop on what is going on for the weekend. 

Volunteer Perks

FREE ArtsFest Stuart Volunteer Apron
FREE snacks and beverages at Volunteer Hospitality
Meet artists from around the country and the world
Get to know other volunteers — HAVE FUN!
Promote the arts in Martin County

Volunteer Priorities

FUN is why we volunteer! Smiling is contagious. Safety is always the first priority; this is why we ask that no alcoholic beverages be consumed while volunteering. Patience is always a must.  While volunteering, please remember to treat everyone, visitors and other volunteers, with courtesy. If problems occur, please contact an ArtsFest Steering Committee Member. We are there to assist you and can be identified by our name badges. During the festival, Steering Committee Members will be checking volunteer locations to make sure everything is running smoothly. Please let them know of any concerns you may have. We want to make your volunteer experience fun and safe, so let us know what we can do to help.

What to Wear

Wear your FREE volunteer apron.  Dress comfortably for outdoors and listen to the weather. Bring rain gear, if rain is predicted — we still need you. Don’t forget your sunscreen! Comfortable shoes are a must, our festival site is busy and you will probably be on your feet.

What do Volunteers Do at ArtsFest?

Artist Ambassadors: ArtsFest Ambassadors are our first line of support for the artists and authors. They assist in the LIterary Village, Local & Emerging Artist Tent, artist and volunteer hospitality, serve as booth-sitters and run errands for artists as needed. This committee requires a winning smile and a helpful attitude.

Entertainment: Assist performing artists load in/out equipment, maintain entertainment access gate, and set up for "Chopped" competition.

Gates: The Gate Keepers of the event! Volunteers here will collect admission from each ArtsFest patron as they walk through our two entrances. Greet them with a smile and ask for the $5.00 admission fee.

Kids Zone: Several non-profit organizations have gathered together to create a magical experience for our children and youth. This section requires a little patience’s and a lot of joy while kids create art concerning the overall theme “The Next 100 Years”!!! If you are creative and love Kids – this is your area to enjoy!!!!

Site Operations: This committee will oversee all internal aspects of ArtsFest from inventory, signage, and parking to police, first-aid and risk management. All supplies, equipment and rentals are secured and distributed by this committee. If you are a problem solver, this is the committee for you.