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May 222014
 
2013 Committee

This could be you!

Time on your hands? We can use you here in Salem on June 5-8th during the Salem Arts Festival. Not as attendees (although we’d love to have you in that capacity as well) but as volunteers. As many of our long time “Haunted Happenings” volunteers will tell you, there is a great deal of behind-the-scenes involvement by community members to produce our festivals.

“We are working so hard to make this year’s Arts Festival the best yet,” say Kylie Sullivan, Main Streets Manager, “but we can’t do it without your help!  We’re reaching out to all of you who love Salem as much as we do to be a part of this great celebration of the arts and the Salem community.”

While the main goal is to give back to your community, we would like to point out that volunteering is also a two way street, as you can make new friends, new business contacts, and strengthen social skills.

Now in its sixth year, the Salem Arts Festival boasts attendance numbers in the thousands and celebrates all the arts: painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theatre, poetry, culinary, and more.

This year’s event also includes a street fair, plus live entertainment on two performance stages (located in Derby Square and on Artists’ Row).

June 5 – Some muscle needed

  • Seeking 4 to 5 volunteers who can lift and help assemble panels, during the evening at Old Town Hall.

June 6 – Set-up and sitters

  • Seeking 2 volunteers for Opening reception set-up, 4 to 6pm.
  • Seeking 2 volunteers to gallery sit during the opening reception at Old Town Hall, 6 to 9pm.

June 7 – Set-up, sitters and greeters

  • Seeking 4 volunteers for hanging signs and putting out A-frame signs, setting up info tables, preparing Old Town Hall gallery, assisting at performance stages, 9/9:30 to 11am.
  • Seeking 4 volunteers per shift, 10:30am to 6pm (broken into four shifts of 10:30am to 12:30pm, 12:30 to 2:30pm, 2:30 to 4:30pm, and 4:30 to 6pm). Duties will include handing out arts festival programs and assisting guests with directions, etc. Greeters will be stationed at specific outdoor locations.
  • Gallery sitters/greeters wanted, 2 volunteers per shift at Gallery in Old Town Hall, 10:30am to 6pm (broken into four shifts of 10:30am to 12:30pm, 12:30 to 2:30pm, 2:30 to 4:30pm, and 4:30 to 6pm). Duties will include greeting guests, directing them to activities upstairs in Old Town Hall, offering other general directions and keeping an eye on the work in the gallery during gallery hours.
  • Seeking 2 volunteers per shift at the Information table, Derby Square, 10:30am to 6pm (broken into four shifts of 10:30am to 12:30pm, 12:30 to 2:30pm, 2:30 to 4:30pm, and 4:30 to 6pm). Duties will include handing out programs and other literature as well as directing people to Arts Festival events or around Salem. Volunteers at this table will also assist in the sales of merchandise for any SAF performers.
  • Performance stage help, Derby Square and in Artists’ Row. Performances will run from noon to 6pm. Duties will include helping bands get on and off these stages as quickly as possible and include moving some equipment.
  • Seeking 4 volunteers for General breakdown 5:30 to 7/7:30pm. Duties include taking down signs, picking up A-frame signs, tidying up Old Town Hall, bringing in information table, helping out at performance stages to close them up for the night.

June 8 – Set-up, sitters and greeters

  • Seeking 4 volunteers for general set up 9/9:30 to 11am. Duties include putting up signs, setting up info tables, preparing Old Town Hall gallery, assisting at performance stages, and the like.
  • Seeking 4 volunteers per shift for outdoor greeters 10:30am to 6pm (broken into four shifts of 10:30am to 12:30pm, 12:30 to 2:30pm, 2:30 to 4:30pm, and 4:30 to 6pm). Duties will include handing out arts festival programs and assisting guests with directions, etc. Greeters will be stationed at specific locations.
  • Seeking 2 volunteers per shift as Gallery sitters/greeters, Gallery in Old Town Hall. 10:30am to 6pm (broken into four shifts of 10:30am to 12:30pm, 12:30 to 2:30pm, 2:30 to 4:30pm, and 4:30 to 6pm). Duties will include greeting guests, directing them to activities upstairs in Old Town Hall and keeping an eye on the art work in the gallery during gallery hours.
  • Seeking 2 volunteers per shift for Information table, Derby Square. 10:30am to 6pm (broken into four shifts of 10:30am to 12:30pm, 12:30 to 2:30pm, 2:30 to 4:30pm, and 4:30 to 6pm). Duties will include handing out programs and other literature as well as directing people to Arts Festival events or around Salem. Volunteers at this table will also assist in the sales of merchandise for any SAF performers.
  • Performance stage help at Derby Square and in Artists’ Row. Performances will run from noon to 6pm. Duties will include helping bands get on and off these stages as quickly as possible and include moving some equipment.
  • Looking for 6 volunteers for general breakdown, 5:30 to 7/7:30pm. Duties include taking down signs, picking up A-frame signs, cleaning up Old Town Hall, assisting with art pick-up, striking information table, helping out at performance stages to close them out for the festival, gathering any festival related things that are outdoors, packing up any festival materials. Breakdown will include some jobs that require the ability to lift.

The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and a collaboration of Salem organizations which provide support for the festival, including the Salem Arts Association, Salem State University Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Social Palates, and Salem Collective of Artists and Musician.
For more info contact Kylie Sullivan at kylie@salemmainstreets.org

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  2 Responses to “Salem Arts Festival Wants YOU!”

  1. My mother (Catherine Blue) and I would like to volunteer on Sunday. We are open to any shift/assignment but if possible would like to be assigned together. We’re both adults – morning shift is totally fine.

  2. […] partners contribute each year to the final production that we call the Salem Arts Festival. At Salem Main Streets we appreciate each and every one of […]

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