Our volunteers at the Art Fair and at the Townie Street Party are essential to making these events happen. Volunteering is a fun way to see the Art Fair from a different perspective, meet new people, and promote art in the community.
Also, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works all year long to put on this event, and from time to time we can use a bit of help around the office. If you are interested in volunteering with us during the year, please send us an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of the 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 be visible 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+)
This is where creative Volunteers help with make-and-take art projects. If you love working with kids, this is the perfect spot for you!
Floater (age 16+)
If you are flexible and easygoing, this is the spot for you. Floaters are given assignments as needed. Due to the nature of the Art Fair, it is incredibly helpful to have a handful of Floaters to fill in the gaps or unforeseen situations during every shift.
Pub Assistant (age 21+)
Volunteers extend hospitality to guests at the Pub and monitor that the area is kept neat and clean.
Information/Souvenir Store (age 17+)
Have fun with retail while selling Art Fair merchandise and the poster. If you’re good at display or have retail experience, this is the place for you. You also will get questions about the Art Fair and Ann Arbor; clear and friendly information helps make the Visitor feel welcome.
Set-up (age 16+)
A very popular event with our community, the Townie Street Party is set up in one day, so we need all the help we can get. Volunteers set up chairs, clean signs, run errands, etc.
The Terrace Assistant (age 21+)
The Terrace is the exclusive outdoor area for Sponsors and Friends of the Fair ($50+ donors). Volunteers help keep food and drink stocked, and help clean up the area. Volunteers with food preparation or service experience are preferred.
The Terrace Registration (age 21+)
Volunteers will be stationed at Terrace entrance to greet guests, collect tickets, distrubute will-call tickets and give identification wristbands to each guest.
Townie Pub Gate (age 21+)
Greet guests and monitor entrances/exits to the Townie Pub. To ensure the legal consumption of alcoholic beverages, the volunteer works with Security to prevent alcohol from leaving the Pub.
Townie Pub Server (age 21+)
Volunteers must be 21 or older to work in the Townie Pub as this position requires serving alcohol.
During the At Fair
Art Activity Zone (age 14+)
This is where creative Volunteers help with make-and-take art projects. If you love working with kids, this is the perfect spot for you! At the end of the Fair, Volunteers will help pack up supplies and clean up the area.
Artist Hospitality Tent (age 18+)
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.
Artists’ Breakfast Check-In (age 17+)
This spot is great for a Morning Person! Greet guests and confirm names on the invitation list. Volunteers should report to the Alumni Center at the beginning of their shift (on corner of E. Washington & Fletcher).
Barricade Duty (age 18+)
Volunteers help people with the appropriate credentials to access the Art Fair site, answer questions and rediret traffic away from the barricades as appropriate. Firm and friendly folks welcome! Must be familiar with Ann Arbor.
Boothsitter (age 17+)
Artists will love you! This is the biggest Volunteer task at the Fair. As a booth-sitter, you cover Artists’ booths to allow them to take breaks, which are scheduled in half hour increments (check with each Artist to see how he/she wants you to handle potential buyers and additional questions).
Upon arrival at Volunteer Central, boothsitter Volunteers are given a schedule with booth numbers and times. During downtime, Volunteers can walk around the Art Fair to see if Artists need water, a quick 5-minute bathroom break, or anything else to make their experience at the Art Fair more enjoyable.
Please understand that we must have extra booth-sitters on hand for unexpected requests. This may seem to you like you’re not being used, but it’s important to have back-up boothsitters.
Floater/Runner (age 16+)
If you are flexible and easygoing, this is the spot for you. Floaters are assigned to one of the above roles as needed. Due to the nature of the Art Fair, it is incredibly helpful to have a handful of Floaters to fill in the gaps or unforeseen situations during every shift.
Information Booth/Greeter (age 17+)
The Information Booth is the perfect location for anyone who really knows their way around Ann Arbor. You are the answer-person for many Art Fair goers. Clear and friendly information helps make the Visitor feel welcome. One or two volunteers each shift will be assigned to the satellite Information Booth.
The Store (age 16+)
Volunteers with retail and merchandising experience are perfect for this location. Volunteers help sell Art Fair merchandise and posters. If you’re good at display or have retail experience, this is the place for you. At the end of the Art Fair, Volunteers help pack up supplies and clean up the area.
Volunteer Central (age 17+)
Volunteers keep water and snacks replenished at the Volunteer Central tent, which serves as the check-in and break area for all Volunteers. In addition, you assist staff in organizing Volunteers and coordinating the Volunteer Raffle.
Wheelchair Booth (age 17+)
Volunteers assist trained health care staff to check-out and check-in complimentary wheelchairs to guests.
We know that most volunteers are here because they enjoy the Art Fair and they want to give back to the community, but that doesn’t mean we can’t show our appreciation for all of the time and energy you put in.
Through the generosity of many local businesses, we are able to express our gratitude for your service through a Volunteer Raffle each year. Every time you sign in for a shift, your name will be entered in a prize drawing. The prizes for that shift will be displayed at Volunteer Central. We will draw a name once everyone has signed in and each shift’s winners will be posted. You can take your prize home with you!
A sampling of prizes includes gift cards, coupons, or product donated by the following businesses:
Launch Board Shop
Metzger’s Red Hawk
Cottage Inn Pizza
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cottage Inn, the Original
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Good Time Charley’s California Pizza Kitchen
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Please support the businesses that support the Art Fair!
Get Informed. Look through our web site before you get to the Art Fair and visit pages like our Mission and History and Maps/Travel. Learn as much as you can about the Art Fair, since once you put on that volunteer shirt, people will come to YOU for information!
Wear Comfortable Walking Shoes. Volunteers are on their feet frequently during the Art Fair, and no one likes blisters!
Dress For the Weather. Wear sunscreen and bring sunglasses if it’s bright out. Wearing weather appropriate clothing ensures that you enjoy your time at the Art Fair!
Drink Plenty of Water. It’s always hot during the Art Fair and dehydration can be dangerous. We encourage you 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 to us when volunteers are patient and understand that we may need them to do a different task than they’d originally been assigned. That being said, we’ll do our best to keep you happy and busy!
Have Fun! You’re helping art thrive in your community - what could be better than that?!
Thank you! The Art Fair wouldn’t be the same without you!