VOLUNTEER

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts would not be possible without the help of hundreds of individuals who generously donate their time and talents.

Our crew of festival weekend volunteers are the most visible as they successfully manage everything from artist hospitality, concessions, merchandise, children’s activities to answering questions and directing traffic. Behind the scenes, dedicated year-round committee volunteers fundraise, market, coordinate and facilitate the many activities festival-goers enjoy, such as live entertainment, VIP and Showcase events, artist load-in and load-out and community outreach.

Consider supporting the arts in Tampa Bay by volunteering for the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts!

Be a Gasparilla Arts Volunteer: Ignite Creativity, Empower Artists

Festival Weekend Volunteers

2024 Festival Weekend Volunteer Applications are now closed.

Watch this space in Fall/Winter 2024 to sign up for volunteer slots for our 2025 Festival.

2024 Festival Weekend Volunteer Applications are Open!

Opportunities are available to assist with Artist Hospitality, Concessions, Merchandise and many others. Sign up for your chosen day and time slot(s) by clicking the “SignUp” button below.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Click the button below to view our page on SignUp
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. Then Click Save.
  3. Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.


All volunteers receive a festival T-shirt!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp

This PDF includes important information about your GFA Volunteer activities. This information will also be emailed to registered volunteers in the weeks before the festival.

Q&A

When and where is the Festival?

The 55th Annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts will take place March 1-2, 2025, 9am-6pm Saturday and 10am–5pm Sunday. Please note that some volunteer activities take place on February 27 and 28, the days preceding the festival. In addition, some volunteer activities take place outside the hours the event is open to the public. The Festival is held at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, 1001 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607

Where do I park? Where do I check in?

Information regarding parking, check-in location, etc. is included in a volunteer packet emailed in the weeks prior to festival weekend. A Zoom orientation is scheduled ahead of the festival. A Zoom link will be sent out the week before the scheduled orientation. Participation in orientation is not mandatory.

Is there a training session for volunteers?

A Zoom orientation is scheduled for Thursday, A Zoom orientation is scheduled ahead of the festival. A link will be sent out the week before the scheduled orientation. Participation in orientation is not mandatory.

Additional information can be found in the Volunteer Information Packet PDF which is sent out weeks ahead of the Festival.

Can we sign-up as a group?

To coordinate groups of volunteers (students, volunteer organizations, corporate volunteers etc.) please reach out to Sarah Etzkorn and Emily Shrider directly at:

Sarah.Etzkorn@RaymondJames.com

Emily.Shrider@RaymondJames.com

Have questions?

For general questions, please contact Sarah.Etzkorn@RaymondJames.com

Committee Volunteers

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is supported year-round by a dedicated group of committee volunteers. These volunteers assist behind the scenes to coordinate and implement festival functions and events from marketing to signage to artist hospitality.

Committee volunteers enjoy many benefits including gathering and celebration invitations, professional networking and camaraderie. They get a free T-shirt, too.

As our committee volunteer needs change from year to year, committee membership is assigned by our Board of Directors with the assistance of our three Festival Co-Chairs. If you are interested in committee membership, a full list of GFA committees, as well as an application form, is available on our Festival Committee page.

Leadership Positions

THIS SECTION IS OPTIONAL.

The GFA Board of Directors is currently looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about art and its positive impact on our community. Our Board values those who have significant connections to our local community and possess a deep appreciation for art in all its forms. We are searching for team players who are eager to collaborate with like-minded individuals on exciting projects that bring art to the forefront of our community. As a member of our Board of Directors, you will have the opportunity to work with artists, collectors, art enthusiasts, and community leaders to foster a truly vibrant arts scene. Your role as a Board Member will be to help expand our outreach and bring more art-related activities to our community. Join us now and make a meaningful impact on the art scene and our community!

Other ways to Support the Festival

Sponsorships

From student scholarships to support for emerging artists, we have a sponsorship opportunity for you. Visit our Support the Festival page to view all sponsorship opportunities.

Ticketed Events

Elevate your Festival experience with tickets to our VIP Tent or the Artist Awards Showcase.

Collectors Krewe

The Collectors Krewe enables individuals and businesses to support the artists directly, grow their personal collections, and receive various other benefits.

Ajeva

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.

Giorgi

Rock musician that refuses to find a niche

GA & FL

FFO: Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World

Mwiza

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

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

SydLive

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.

DURRY

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.