March 2-3

Downtown Tampa

Festival Committee

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, or click the button below to complete a form below to indicate your interest in a volunteering on a specific committee:


Festival Committees

Art Collectors in TrainingSecure artwork donations from Festival artists, staff booth on Saturday and Sunday, coordinate donation of proceeds as necessary, set up and breakdown. Promote program participation among artists and visitors.

Artist Hospitality: Ensure a welcoming and comfortable environment for artists, secure in-kind donations for breakfasts, lunches and snacks, coordinate set up and breakdown, coordinate booth sitters and volunteers to staff hospitality tent. Circulate the Festival area to identify and serve artists’ needs. Plan informal award celebration event for artists and visitors.

Artist Information Packet: Compile information on Festival logistics and other pertinent information for artists. Prepare and deliver complete package in January.

Artist Check-in & Load-out: Coordinate Thursday and Friday artist check-in and load-in, assemble and include pertinent information for artist packet. Oversee Sunday evening load-out process.

Children’s Activities: Collaborate with Tampa Museum of Art representative to offer activities for dedicated children’s area. Procure supplies, coordinate artist demonstrations, supervise volunteers, set up and break down.

Concessions: Work with Friends of the Museum representative to coordinate food and beverage vendors. Provide support throughout the Festival weekend.

Emerging Artist Program: Recruit emerging artists to apply for program, guide applicants through application process and through entire Festival weekend. Arrange meeting for board and committee members to select participants, with the guidance of a dedicated Emerging Artist Program juror.

Entertainment: Select and schedule live entertainment performances, arrange for equipment and supervise during Festival weekend.

Festival Liaison & Documentation: Support various committee members and assist with their tasks before, during and after Festival. Coordinate all aspects of Festival weekend “headquarters.” Oversee committee documentation, including annual updates. Maintain Festival handbook, take minutes for committee meetings, maintain committee lists and contact information.

Kiley Garden: Coordinate programming and layout in the Kiley Garden area of the park. In 2017, this area included Emerging Artists, Art Collectors in Training, Scholastic Showcase and CARMADA.

Marketing: Assist board committee in promoting the Festival year-round, coordinate weekend-of marketing activities including media interviews and social media monitoring.

Merchandising: Produce and sell official Festival merchandise, including t-shirts and posters. Develop new products, set price points and supervise the booth through the Festival weekend, including pre- and post-event inventory counts and cash management.

Signage: Develop and implement plan for informational and promotional throughout Festival footprint, including offsite artist check-in/parking and designated route to and from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Kiley Garden. Coordinate with Board to include sponsors’ brands as necessary. Ensure appropriate storage of signs and banners.

Site Amenities: Reserve and supervise use of fixtures and equipment including booths, portable toilets, tables/chairs, carts and radios. Implement requirements of site plan, coordinate with City of Tampa for utility needs, coordinate set-up and breakdown of Festival site.

Site Planning: Design Festival’s layout, including artist booth placement, food and beverage vendors and other booths. (CAD software experience is a plus!)