Support the Arts: Become a Volunteer at the Downtown Festival & Art Show

Cater to your creative side and lend a hand in Gainesville’s art community by volunteering at the 37th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show. Gainesville is a hub of creativity in North Central Florida, and our community takes pride in its hardworking artistic element that thrives to make the city bright and culturally satisfying year round.  Now in its 37th year, the Downtown Festival & Art Show is our city’s most anticipated event.  Ranked as one of the “Top 200 Events” in the nation since 1996, the Festival continues to grow each year.  Volunteers are a large part of what makes this event so successful.  Through the support of dedicated community members, the Festival is able to run smoothly and continues to be an event everyone will enjoy.  Volunteering at this event is a great way to get involved in the community while having fun at the same time.  Volunteer Benefits

The City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is searching for people, organizations and businesses that would like to support our community by becoming volunteers for the Downtown Festival & Art Show. Four-hour shifts are available on Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2 for volunteers of all ages. Volunteers can greet visitors as they arrive at the festival, booth sit for artists, engage visitors in a feedback survey or help with the Children’s Imagination Station, a free, hands-on art activity area. As a token of our appreciation, volunteers will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Volunteers will gain more than a t-shirt from their time at the festival. They will see downtown Gainesville as they have never seen it before. More than 80,000 visitors stroll through the streets to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork from 240 of the nation’s top artists. Visitors can marvel at original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography. Volunteers and guests can also take time to start their holiday shopping.

With an entire area devoted solely to children, the Festival will be a delight for the whole family. Children can spend an entire day immersed in a world of art and creativity as they visit the Imagination Station, discovering their own artistic talents which feature a large selection of free hands-on activities including sidewalk-chalk drawing, painting, mask design, puppet and button creation and clay sculpting. In addition to craft activities, the Imagination Station features a performance area with puppet shows, magic acts and music so children can rock to their own beat. Art education students from the University of Florida work throughout the fall semester to produce this hub of family-friendly fun.

Lend a hand in Gainesville’s art community by volunteering at the Downtown Festival & Art Show. If you would like to join our amazing team of volunteers for the 2018 show, return the Volunteer Sign-Up Form by Monday, October 15, 2018.  The printable form can be returned via mail (PO Box 490, Sta 30, Gainesville, FL 32627), email (andreisv@cityofgainesville.org), or fax (352-393-7993) or you can complete the form online. For more information you can also contact Sunshine Andrei, Festival Coordinator, at 352-393-8536.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form – Printable

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