Be part of making Festival history
The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts annual event couldn’t take place without the year-round support of dedicated volunteers. Festival committee members enjoy benefits year-round, including invitations to gatherings and celebrations, professional networking and camaraderie.
If you’re interested in participating on the Festival committee or have questions about what committee involvement entails, please contact one of this year’s Festival Chairs at email@example.com, or click the button below to complete a form below to indicate your interest in a volunteering on a specific committee:
Art Collectors in Training:Two chairpersons, with volunteer support as needed, for securing artwork donations from Festival artists, staff booth on Saturday and Sunday, coordinate donation of proceeds as necessary, set- up/clean-up. Promote tent/program through website/marketing committee, distribution of program booklet, etc.
Artist Hospitality: Two chairpersons, with volunteer support as needed, ensure a welcoming and comfortable environment for artists, will solicit for food/beverages for Saturday/Sunday breakfasts, lunches and snacks, coordinate set-up/clean-up. Solicit items for artist giveaway, coordinate booth sitters and volunteers to staff hospitality tent. Circulate the Festival to serve/identify artist’s needs, answer questions of general nature about Festival, etc
Artist Party: Two chairpersons plus volunteers for Saturday night informal event (separate from galaRE), secure light foods, include vegetarian items, secure beverages (soft drinks, beer/wine), entertainment (optional), tables, chairs, lights (coordinate with site amenities and FOTM), coordinate set-up/clean-up, and must work within approved budget.
Artist Information Packet: Two chairpersons who will solicit for artist packet items from hotels, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, etc. Compile/prepare letter, coordinate information, secure envelopes with address labels and mail out packet to professional in January and emerging artists when selected.
Artist Check-in & Load-out: Two chairpersons and volunteers for Sunday artist load-out, assemble and include in packet information about process, answer questions related to load-out process.
Children’s Activities:One chairperson and members, with volunteer support, to staff activities on Saturday and Sunday, create activities and secure donated and/or purchase supplies, coordination of contract staff/artists for demonstrations, secure/supervise volunteers, set-up/ clean-up. Promote tent/program through website/marketing committee, distribution of program booklet.
Concessions: Coordinated by FOTM chairperson.
Emerging Artist Program: Two chairpersons and members, with volunteer support, to solicit local emerging artists, contact local universities/art departments/art councils. Guide applicants through application process, Festival weekend, and load-in and load-out process. Coordinate event, notify applicants accepted/rejected, coordinate with Information Packet committee and coordinate area with site planning and amenities, set-up area for EA check-in Friday, hostess/host area Saturday and Sunday.
Entertainment: One chairperson and members to work within budget to arrange for entertainment. Listen to Committee/Board requests for entertainment, search for interesting bands/acts and suggest talent. Hire talent for Festival, assist with talent for Hospitality informal event (optional), and assist with talent for gala event (galaRE) if requested by Board. Arrange for sound company and coordinate with site amenities for location, equipment needs, and supervise during Festival. Send contracts, parking passes, map, etc. to hired talent.
Festival Liaison & Documentation:One chairperson and members to support various committee members and assist with their tasks before, during and after the Festival. Secure storage area/working space/command post for committees to prepare and house specific items. Coordinate dates and times of needed space. Oversee the Festival’s Intranet website, identifying, revising, coordinating, and archiving as necessary the Festival’s significant operational and corporate documents and will coordinate these activities with the Board, Festival Committee Co-Chairs, and Festival Liaison & Documentation Chair of the Festival Committee. This committee will also maintain a comprehensive, annual calendar of events and tasks to be performed by the Board of Directors and the Festival Committee. Maintain festival handbook, take meeting minutes at committee meetings, maintain committee list, provide cell phone list.
Interactive Experiences: One chairperson and members, with volunteer support, with direction from the Board, to oversee all things related to the planning, coordination, and operation of interactive artistic programming.
Marketing: One chairperson and members to provide counsel and guidance in media presentations for spokesperson, pitch media and coordinate onsite interviews, take photo for media and social media platforms, coordinate social media postings and questions, provide captions for photos distributed to media as well as regular updates regarding winners, attendees, etc., distribute Festival information and media kits as appropriate.
Merchandising (Posters/T-Shirts Production & Sales): One chairperson and members to work with the Board of Directors to choose the annual Festival image for merchandise (t-shirt and poster), secure printing quotes for t-shirt only (Raymond James designs and produces poster), establish delivery dates, monitor progress, coordinate t-shirt production for sales, and deliver poster to Board/committee for promotional purposes. Distribute t-shirts to board, committee members and other VIPs, organize folding of t-shirts prior to Festival. During the Festival, with volunteer support, to work the merchandising booth. Monitor post-event sales, devise merchandise plan with production chair, secure storage, handle money and monitor sales, after event prepare inventory and coordinate storage of leftover merchandise.
Parking/Traffic/Security: One chairperson and members, with volunteer support, to contract a security firm/TPD to provide nighttime coverage from Thursday 10pm to Sunday 9am, negotiate to secure artist parking/check-in, work with legal and permit to reserve and bag meters with GFA signage on Friday evening. Provide parking permits to appropriate groups (VIPs, vendors, entertainment, etc.). Coordinate and direct traffic and security during Festival, attend meetings with city as needed. Programming (new for 2019): One chairperson and members to develop quarterly programming, with direction from the Board of Directors, to help GFA maintain a year-round presence with supporters and to provide an added benefit for existing and potential sponsors. This programming is intended to be art-related and could consist of lectures, artist demonstrations, studio tours, gallery tours, etc. The committee will develop a quarterly calendar, coordinate the programming content, and organize and produce the events.
Programming: One chairperson and members to develop quarterly programming, with direction from the Board of Directors, to help GFA maintain a year-round presence with supporters and to provide an added benefit for existing and potential sponsors. This programming is intended to be art-related and could consist of lectures, artist demonstrations, studio tours, gallery tours, etc. The committee will develop a quarterly calendar, coordinate the programming content, and organize and produce the events.
Signage: Two co-chairpersons and members, with volunteer support, to place check-in signage on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning and Festival signage Friday evening/Saturday morning, inventory and photograph existing signage, salvage/dispose damaged and out-of-date signs, submit and set deadline for submission of each committee’s needs, coordinate production of new/replacement signage, update banners with current dates, coordinate placement of banners in early February, coordinate placement of signage for off-site check-in, directional signage to Festival from off-site check-in, removal and storage of signage and banners on Sunday. Coordinate with the Board of Directors with respect to sponsorship to get logos, banners and other materials properly placed.
Site Amenities: Two chairpersons and members, with volunteer support as needed on set-up/breakdown days, to coordinate requests with all committees and solicit bids for booths, tents, port-o-lets, tables, chairs, radios, golf carts and other equipment needs, be on site Friday for set-up for these items including radios and carts, bring supplies from storage unit, implement requirements per site planning design, coordinate needs for electricity, water, etc. with city, secure on-site storage, be onsite during Festival and coordinate breakdown.
Site Planning: Two chairpersons and members, with volunteer support, to handle booth layout on Wednesday afternoon and perform other duties as needed, develop site implementing changes/suggestions from previous year, prepare site plan to secure city permits, coordinate activity locations with committees and vendors, prepare site plan indicating artist’s booth assignments, assist Co-Chairs to assign artists to booths, coordinate production of site plan for program, coordinate production and installation of large site plans at Information booth locations, be on site Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning to handle potential problems/relocation requests.
Treasurer: One person to maintain all funds and accounts used by the committees, assist with budgeting process between Co-Chairs and Board of Directors, handle Festival payments/reimbursement, and work with Board Treasurer to provide for an accurate accounting of all Festival funds. Volunteer Coordination (Raymond James Financial): One chairperson and members, with volunteer support, to recruit and coordinate volunteer support as requested by committees, advise merchandising regarding the number of t-shirts/posters needed for volunteers, coordinate support at the Information booths and programs at the Festival. 50th Annual Festival Support (new for 2019): One chairperson and members to develop programming, with direction from the Board of Directors, with respect to the 50th Annual Festival. The Board of Directors will develop strategies for the 50th Annual Festival programming, and this committee will support the Board to coordinate, organize, and produce the programming. This will include programming at the 49th Annual Festival designed to promote the 50th Annual Festival.
50th Annual Festival Support: One chairperson and members to develop programming, with direction from the Board of Directors, with respect to the 50th Annual Festival. The Board of Directors will develop strategies for the 50th Annual Festival programming, and this committee will support the Board to coordinate, organize, and produce the programming. This will include programming at the 49th Annual Festival designed to promote the 50th Annual Festival.