Festival Committees & Co-Chairs

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts annual event couldn’t take place without the year-round support of dedicated volunteers.

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts has more than twenty individual committees that oversee all aspects of the festival from weekend activities to behind-the-scenes logistics. Festival committee members enjoy benefits year-round, including invitations to gatherings and celebrations, professional networking and camaraderie.

Three Festival Co-Chairs coordinate all aspects of the Festival, and, in cooperation with the Board of Directors, choose committee members and chairs. The Festival Co-chairs provide committee members with training, guidance and supervision. A detailed job description is given to the Co-Chairs upon assignment of this position.

Join a Committee

If you are interested in applying your time and talents to a GFA committee, please apply using the form on this page. A list of committees and related activities can be found on this page.

If you are interested in volunteering for festival weekend, visit our Volunteer page for information.

Committee Sign-up Form

GFA Standing Committees

AIA Installation

AIA Installation - Through a partnership with the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, this committee will assist in designing and building an interactive art installation at the north entrance to the festival. One volunteer is needed for this committee. The volunteer will work with our partners at AIA to decide on the design of this year's installation. They will work with the Site Planning Committee to locate the installation and solve any logistical challenges and they will assist AIA's team to build the installation on the Thursday (2/29/24) and/or Friday (3/1/24) before the Festival begins. Volunteers should be organized and have a strong sense of creativity. Some experience with building art installations would be helpful.

This committee member will coordinate with the partner at AIA and develop a design in the months prior to the festival, coordinate the design with site amenities and ensure that all materials are ready for set-up. They must be on-site on Thursday or Friday to set-up and on Sunday afternoon to break-down. This committee will have minimal 

Art Collectors in Training

Art Collectors in training is a program designed to create future art collectors. Children enter the ACT tent by themselves to select a piece of art donated by festival artists. The ACT team works to coordinate donations from the artists and operates the tent during the festival.

The team is responsible for securing artwork donations from Festival artists, staffing the booth on Saturday and Sunday, coordinating donation of proceeds as necessary and set- up/ clean-up. They promote tent/program through website/ marketing committee and the distribution of program booklet, etc. This team does coordination and procurement work in the moths leading up to the festival. They will need to be on-site during festival set-up, manning the booth and during break-down. (Thursday/Friday - Sunday) 

Artist Hospitality/Artist Party

Artist Hospitality volunteers support our festival artists throughout festival weekend. They solicit food and beverages, run the artist hospitality center, coordinate setup and clean-up and manage booth sitters. They are also responsible for the Saturday night artist party. They coordinate with concessions, VIP and site amenities to provide all necessary items for the party. Volunteers should be available on-site Friday through Sunday of Festival weekend. 

Artist Load In/Load-Out

The Artist Load In/ Load Out Committee organizes the entry into the park for all artists and vendors on Thursday and Friday of festival week. On Sunday, the team coordinates the artists’ exit from the park. This committee also coordinates with the City of Tampa and our security team. This is a physically active committee and a great way to meet the artists.

The team is responsible for Thursday and Friday check-in, assembly of artist load-in/ load-out information packet. The team also coordinates load-out on Sunday evening. This committee has a light workload prior to festival week. The team will be the earliest on-site Thursday and Friday morning. There a very few time commitments durning the actual festival, but they will meet Sunday afternoon 

Children's Activities

The Children’s Activity Committee works with the Tampa Museum of Art to prepare an art-making experience for children.

This committee is responsible for creating activities and securing donated and/or purchasing supplies, coordination of contract staff/artists for demonstrations, securing/supervising volunteers, and set-up/ clean-up. In addition, they promote tent/program through the website/marketing committee and distribute the program booklet. This program has coordination and preparation leading up to the festival and requires the members to be on site Friday - Sunday. 


The Concessions Committee orders, organizes and distributes food and beverages sold at the festival. This committee also coordinates with the food vendors and the City of Tampa. These committee members should be available on-site the week of the festival (Thursday- Sunday). Experience in hospitality or bartending would be helpful. This is a physically active role.

This committee is responsible for screening and scheduling food vendors. They also coordinate with beer, wine, ice and soda vendors for beverage outlets. The team organizes and schedules load in and load out for vendors, accepts deliveries of inventory at the site prior to festival, organizes deliveries in storage area, and distributes inventory prior, during and post festival. The team assists in guiding concessions volunteers to assigned outlets each shift and maintains contact and communication with vendors and volunteers. This committee has coordination and purchasing before the festival and must be on-site during the festival 

Emerging Artist Program

The emerging artist program volunteers facilitate the selection and mentoring of newly professional artists. These volunteers promote the program, verify applications, prepare the board presentation for artist selection and guide the artists through several mentoring events. During festival weekend, they should be available on-site Thursday through Sunday to assist with set-up, artist support and load-out. 


The entertainment team solicits all bands/ acts performing at the festival. They manage the technical and sound requirements for the festival. The coordinate with the board, site amenities, and artist hospitality to ensure that the equipment, contracts and talent needs are met. They should be available on-site Thursday through Sunday for set-up, management of the entertainment acts and break-down. 

Festival Liaison & Documentation

The Festival Liaison Committee are the visionary custodians of Gasparilla Festival of the Arts’s legacy. With a commitment to continuity and collaboration, we are the bridge that connects past, present, and future. They organize and maintain legacy documents, notes, feedback, and agendas, creating a treasure trove of knowledge that serves as a guide for each new wave of co-chairs. The team is entrusted with curating and preserving legacy documents, notes, feedback, and agendas. This position is perfect for individuals with a keen eye for detail, a passion for preserving heritage, and a desire to contribute to the festival’s lasting impact.

The team is responsible for organizing and and documenting information during festival week, coordinating with HQ, and distributing the information collected after the festival. This committee will have few time commitments prior to the festival, but will need to be on-site from Friday-Sunday. After the festival, the committee will need to compile information from the 2024 festival and distribute for next year’s team. 


The HQ Core Committee is the dynamic team behind the scenes at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts and are dedicated to ensuring seamless operations at the festival headquarters. With a keen eye for organization and a knack for precision, they are the driving force that keeps everything running smoothly. The HQ Coordinators oversee a range of essential tasks to guarantee a successful festival experience. From coordinating radios to facilitating efficient communication among teams, to managing golf carts that keep festival logistics flowing.This role is great for an individual with a talent for orchestrating moving parts.

The team is responsible for organizing and planning at HQ, graphic representations of the festival schedules, arranging performances, exhibitions, and activities graphically to create a harmonious schedule for festival week. Ensuring coordination with jury and photography schedules festival weekend and ensuring that all committees on the festival and board level are heard and seen festival weekend. This committee will order necessary supplies prior to the festival, prepare graphics for HQ, and organize schedules. They must be on-site for the festival from Thursday/Friday through Sunday. It is helpful if at least one member is available for breakdown on Monday (3/4). This role is not a physically demanding role, 

Local Artist Spotlight

Local Artists Spotlight - With support from the Gobioff Foundation, each year we invite five local artists to receive a free booth to present and sell their work to those who attend the Festival. The LAS Committee is responsible for helping the GFA Board of Directors to select the artists, providing the artists with the logistical support they will need to set up their booth and then ensuring that the artists have what they need during the two days of the festival. Two volunteers are needed for this committee. Volunteers must be very organized, responsive to emails and at least one of the two should have some experience with Powerpoint.

The team is responsible for creating a presentation for the board of potential artist and assisting with artist selection. They set-up/breakdown at the start and end of the festival and coordinate requests from selected artists. They must be on-site during the festival (Friday-Sunday). 


One chairperson and volunteer support, with direction from the Board, to oversee all things related to the planning, coordination, and operation of marketing and public relations for the festival and organization, to include strategy, social media posts, newsletters, media coordination, and marketing design.


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.


The Signage Committee creates and installs the signage for the festival. The team works with the other committees to determine their needs and assists with set-up festival week (on-site between Wednesday and Friday). On Sunday, the team assists with the removal of signage and it’s storage for the following year.

The team works to place check-in signage on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning and Festival signage Friday evening/Saturday morning. They 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. At the close of the festival, they remove and store signage and banners on Sunday. They also coordinate with the Board of Directors with respect to sponsorship to get logos, banners and other materials properly placed. The committee has a large amount of coordination and ordering prior to the festival and is very involved in set-up and break-down. There are minimal time commitments during the actual festival. 

Site Amenities

The Site Amenities Committee facilitates the organization, ordering and installation of all equipment and city resources for the festival. They coordinate with the City of Tampa and the Site Planning Committee.

This team coordinates requests with all committees and solicits bids for booths, tents, port-o-lets, tables, chairs, radios, golf carts and other equipment needs. Members will be on site Wednesday through Friday prior to Festival weekend for set-up for these items: including radios and carts, bringing supplies from storage unit, implementing requirements per site planning design, coordinating needs for electricity, water, etc. with city and securing on-site storage. The team coordinates with the city and orders equipment prior to the festival. They must be onsite during Festival and coordinate breakdown. (Wednesday - Sunday) 


The Sustainability committee is a new team focusing on improving GFA’s environmental impact. Goals for the team this year are improving recycling options, new water refilling stations and more sustainable merchandise options.

This committee will be researching new vendors and coordinating with the city of Tampa and Site Amenities prior to the festival. During festival weekend, they will be on-site Thursday or Friday for set-up and Sunday for break-down. 


The Committee treasurer maintains all festival funds and accounts used by the committee. They coordinate with the co-chairs and board to create a budget, handle all festival payments/ reimbursements and work with the board treasurer to create an accurate accounting of all festival funds. 


The committee VIP committee works in conjunction with the board VIP committee to plan and execute the preview party, Showcase and VIP tent. They coordinate with site amenities, signage, concessions and the sponsorship team. The team manages all invitations and ticket purchases for these events. They should be on-site Thursday through Sunday. 

Volunteer Coordinator

The volunteer coordinators will verify committee volunteer requirements for festival weekend. They compile volunteer sign-ups and coordinate with corporations to provide volunteer teams. During festival weekend, they sign-in volunteers and direct them to their assignments. They should be available on-site Saturday and Sunday. 

Volunteer Hospitality

The Volunteer Hospitality Committee is dedicated to serving our invaluable volunteers throughout the festival week. They are committed to creating a comfortable and nurturing environment for them. The committee will set up a dedicated hospitality station to keep our committee volunteers energized and hydrated. In addition, the team will man an information booth for visitors. This is a wonderful committee for individuals who are social and enjoy interacting with the festival’s many volunteers. This committee is responsible for providing information to the festival weekend volunteers and the public, stocking water stations and helping to direct volunteers to the location of their assignments. They will order food and beverages for the festival committee and keep this area stocked during the festival. This committee will procure the food and beverages for volunteers prior to the festival, but will have a minimal workload before festival week. The team will need to be on-site during the festival (Wednesday - Sunday) and be prepared to man the information tent and restock volunteer refreshments. They will assist with break-down on Sunday. 


Ajeva is a funk/rock band from St. Petersburg, FL. The band started in 2013 and features Reed Skahill (vocals), Taylor Gilchrist (bass), Mike Nivens (guitar), and Lyndon Thacker (keys). They’ve carved out a sound of their own with epic melodies and distinctive vocals that pair perfectly with their deep grooves. Each Ajeva show is a one of a kind experience with the band taking their songs to different places and new heights every night.

Light the Wire

Light the Wire makes heartfelt, indie-folk rock that with powerful vocal harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, and powered by driving bass and drums.  The quintet is based out of Tampa, FL, and released its self-produced, debut EP – “Someday Is Coming” on all streaming platforms on November 1, 2023.


Rock musician that refuses to find a niche


FFO: Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World


Biggest influences are church, his mother, Coheed & Cambria, Acceptance, James Morrison, Bombay Bicycle Club, Disturbed, Arctic Monkeys, Young The Giant, Chevelle, Rusko, Chief and Matt Corby. Most of the music he listens to has a darker sound to it so he in turn makes darker, melodic music.


Datagram has been the moniker of shapeshifting Tampa musician Scott Olson for the better part of the last decade.

In that time, the sound and styles of this project have shifted and morphed, painting with shades of glitch, downtempo, techno, and all that lurks in between.

Shevonne and the Force

A multi-hyphenate, genre-bending artist, Shevonne Philidor is a singer-songwriter, producer, and actress who epitomizes her dynamic background in music and performing arts. A military brat born in Philadelphia, PA, she experienced living in multiple cities – including a stint in Italy – before landing in Tampa, Fl, where she nurtured her musical ability throughout her childhood. She’s a scion of a musical family stemming from her half-Haitian descent and taught herself to play the guitar at an early age, inspired by the likes of Prince, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Bob Marley, and M83. In 2003, she made her first TV debut on America’s Most Talented Kids, and in 2010, she made an appearance on America’s Got Talent Wild Card. A recipient of the prestigious NFAA scholarship, she also made American Idol’s top 40 twice in 2016 and 2019, the same year she performed at Austin City Limits with five-time Grammy award-winning artist Gary Clark jr. In 2021, she performed alongside CeeLo Green at a Superbowl party for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was tapped to sing for ABC’s Juneteenth celebration with T.I. and Domani. Working with Grand Hustle Records, she’s a Luna Guitar-endorsed artist who was also selected to perform in Just Blaze’s SXSW showcase in 2022. A theatre kid at heart, she’s flexed her acting skills on a national tour for Todrick Hall’s musical, Oz The Musical, and she was also recently casted in Life’s Rewards, an upcoming Amazon Prime TV show.

Kristopher James

Though he’s lived in the Sunshine State, for most of his life, Kristopher’s talent for melody and song (now) extend far past the state’s line. Like his influencers Otis Redding, Amos Lee, and Roberta Flack, Kristopher’s voice is clear, controlled, and full of all-the-feels.  As with all artists, Kristopher’s sound has ebbed and flowed, evolving yet remaining instantly recognizable. With the growth he’s experienced as an artist, Kristopher felt it was time to capture his songs, in their fully-imagined sound!

With his debut album “Kindness Never Quits”, featuring members of Scary Pockets, Kristopher caught the attention of Relix & Glide Magazine, Spotify Playlist curators and continued praise, such as “vocals are so powerful and as the song progresses, he showcases why he is one of the best singers out there. All that soul in one artist is just unbelievable” from Reignland Magazine.

Continuing through the COVID years, Kristopher partnered with musicians to keep the music and community alive. Along with composer and keys player Mike Hicks of Rascal Flatts, The War & Treaty’s Max Brown on guitar, as well as talented artists Kyshona Armstrong, Jonathan Huber, DeMarco Johnson, Kristopher released 3 acclaimed singles: “Never Had to Find Our Way”, “Feelings” and “I Can Only Love You in a Song”

Deaf Company

Three piece Rock n Roll band hailing from St. Petersburg, FL.

Skyler Golden

Musician from St. Pete Florida and Studio Producer for Zen Recording. Brings an eclectic sound of string instruments for the Yoga Classes at GFA 2024


From Tampa Florida, SydLive was born to write and sing songs that touch the world. As her mother recalls, her climb to stardom began with getting on top of restaurant tables to sing at the age of two.

By the time she was eleven, she acquired her first guitar and began to teach herself to play by learning Beatles songs. Within four years she found her way to the stage singing in a Carpenters tribute band. Since this time, Syd has amassed over a decade of experience as a professional singer/songwriter and recording/performance artist. Within the industry, she names Aretha Franklin as her idol.


The first sound you hear on Durry’s rambunctious and poignant debut album, Suburban Legend, is an old-school Internet dial-up tone. To songwriter Austin Durry, the sound is instantly familiar but his bandmate and sister, Taryn, hadn’t heard it before. The Burnsville, Minnesota-based duo might identify with different age groups — with seven years between them, Austin is a millennial and Taryn is Gen Z — but by joining forces in Durry, they show just how much the neighboring generations have in common.

Between their serendipitous origin story and a crop of dynamic, hook-heavy alt-pop tracks, Durry are doing something few bands can achieve — and they’re doing it entirely on their own terms. As a band, Taryn and Austin’s journey happened both unexpectedly and fortuitously. At the start of the COVID pandemic, Austin and his wife moved back into his parents’ house, where Taryn was also living at the time. In addition to moving back in with his family, COVID forced Austin to cancel an extensive tour with his previous band, Coyote Kid. Faced with nothing but time, he got back to songwriting, regularly asking Taryn for input — or as the two playfully put it, “Gen Z quality control.”

“I’d say, here’s an early concept, what do you think? Then she’ll steer the ship, and then I’ll evolve it from there,” Austin explains. “Taryn is the sounding board and Gen Z vision of the band, where I’m kinda cranking stuff out.”

As they got going, forming what would turn into Durry, the siblings also outlined DIY ideas for branding and promotion, creating all of their own content and imbuing their visuals with nostalgic golden yellow, large fonts, and tactile images that would later make their way into eye-catching merch.

The immediate result of their musical partnership was the pop-punk/alternative anthem “Who’s Laughing Now,” which leads with wry, tongue-in-cheek lyrics about the futility of young adulthood in 2023: “My mama always said I would regret it if I ever got a tattoo,” Austin chants, adding: “She said I’d never get a job like I ever wanted one with that attitude/ My dad said I had to learn to drive a stick shift, but every van I ever had was an automatic/ My friends said that someday I would make it big, but I’m still living in the basement.”

After posting an unfinished version of “Who’s Laughing Now” on TikTok, it swiftly took off, galvanizing thousands of viewers who shared their coming-of-age frustrations. Clearly, the song’s sentiments — which land somewhere between a shrug and a clenched fist — resonated with millions of listeners, and today the song has garnered more than four million Spotify streams. Meanwhile, Durry have recorded a fully fleshed-out version of “Who’s Laughing Now,” which is set to appear on their riveting, perfectly sardonic debut LP, Suburban Legend.