The call is out for ArtPrize volunteers

People view artwork at ArtPrize 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) A key component that makes ArtPrize so successful is the nearly 1,000 volunteers who help keep things humming. ArtPrize 2014 starts on September 24, and the call is on for help this year!

ArtPrize officials work with 200 volunteers each day of the festival. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit everyone’s schedule and interests.

  • HUB Volunteers greet visitors inside the HUB and at the pop-up park, assist in the retail space, and act as docents for the 2012 and 2013 Public Vote Grand Prize winners on display in the ArtPrize HUB Soundstage.
  • Wayfinders serve as ArtPrize tour guides and ambassadors of downtown Grand Rapids, stationed around the ArtPrize district and equipped with maps and resources to welcome visitors. They provide directions, answer questions, and promote activities and Venues in the surrounding area.
  • New volunteer opportunities for ArtPrize 2014 include Sustainability Posts at the new bike valet and zero-waste zones, encouraging visitors to maintain an eco-friendly event, and the Media Street Team to document the event and ArtPrize special events.

For those who wish to get involved, but cannot share their time through the traditional ArtPrize volunteer program, Artist Hosting presents an equally important opportunity. ArtPrize attracts artists to Grand Rapids from around the world. Each year, ArtPrize helps match out-of-town Artists with volunteers offering free temporary housing, offsetting some of the cost associated with participating in the event. The deadline to register for the Artist Hosting program is September 3.

There is a required Volunteer Training for ArtPrize 2014, presented by Notions Marketing. They offer morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend sessions from September 15 to September 20 at the ArtPrize HUB. During training, volunteers will hear from ArtPrize staff and partners about the event’s history and how it functions, as well as participate in breakout sessions around specific volunteer roles.

Volunteering with ArtPrize is not without its perks. Every ArtPrize Volunteer receives a free Event Guide with map, an ArtPrize Wristband for free public transportation on The Rapid and DASH transit systems, access to the Volunteer Lounge located at the Ledyard Building for refreshment and relaxation, and a daily raffle entry to win exciting prizes donated by local businesses and organizations. Additionally, volunteers will receive a gift from the Local Epicurean after their first shift. For every three shifts completed, volunteers earn discounts towards purchasing merchandise at the ArtPrize Retail store located in the HUB, and after completing five shifts, each volunteer will earn an exclusive ArtPrize volunteer gift.

If you’re interested in volunteering, you can find more information and sign up online on the ArtPrize website.

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