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Volunteer Experience

A hometown celebration of the arts since 1988!  ArtsFest Stuart is a two-day outdoor arts festival held in Gazebo Park and along East Ocean Blvd. in historic Downtown Stuart to celebrate the arts - music, visual, literary, culinary, dance, kids activities and more! 

Thank you for helping to support ArtsFest and MartinArts with your time.  Your volunteer assignment will be reviewed with you when you arrive and meet your team captain at the event. The time and location where you will be working are indicated in an email you should receive after registration.  We depend on your commitment to participate. Your presence and prompt arrival for your scheduled shifts are necessary. It is very important to remember that if your schedule must change, or if you have an emergency, please contact us immediately.

Volunteer Orientation | Wednesday, February 9, 5-6PM

Court House Cultural Center, 80 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart.

This meeting is to get everyone acquainted with their job duties, the ArtsFest Staff & Committee, pick up volunteer t-shirts, and to give you the inside scoop on what is going on for the weekend.

Volunteer Perks

  • FREE weekend admission to ArtsFest
  • FREE ArtsFest Stuart t-shirt
  • Volunteer hospitality
  • Meet Artists from around the country and the world
  • Get to know other volunteers from the community — HAVE FUN!
  • Promote and support 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 volunteer t-shirt.  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?

ArtsFest Ambassadors: ArtsFest Ambassadors are our first line of support for the artists. They serve as booth-sitters and assist with making sure that our festival artists have everything they need for an enjoyable weekend at ArtsFest. Members of this team must be enthusiastic, flexible, and able to work well with others.

ArtsFest Gates - Set up: Volunteers will monitor gates while artists and vendors finish setting up for festival.

ArtsFest Greeter: The Gate Keepers of the event! Volunteers here will collect admissions, hand out event information, and monitor exiting patrons as they walk through our gates.  Members of this team must be enthusiastic, flexible, enjoy interacting with others, and be able to answer questions about the Festival.

Artist Load in / Load out:  Assist artists during festival set up by locating their assigned area and distributing Artist Welcome Packets.  Assist with general breakdown and load out of artists and vendors after visitors have cleared the festival site.

CHOPPED Arena and Culinary: Assist with setup and cleanup of CHOPPED arena for competition and culinary activities.

Cultural Center Gallery Docent: Greet visitors to the current exhibit at the Court House Cultural Center and give general information about ArtsFest and MartinArts.

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.  Some positions may require lifting heavy objects.

Volunteer / Information Tent: Assist with Volunteer check-in, t-shirts, and hospitality, and general event information to guests. Members of this team must be enthusiastic, flexible, enjoy interacting with others, and be able to answer questions about the Festival.