The Market presented by the Avenue for the Arts is back and bigger than ever. There are so many ways you can get involved this year! Right now, The Avenue is looking for ten volunteers for our street team and fifty volunteers to help the day of the event! This is a rare opportunity for emerging and established artists of all genres. Not only will they be able to share their goods and talents but they will also be able to network and take part in an important community event. It is a perfect time for YOU to come out to support and celebrate the rampant creativity in our city. The Market invites new crowds, creates good vibes and hosts a variety of beautifully crafted, handmade goods. You will also find great performances by local bands while indulging in delicious food by several local food vendors. We need YOUR help to make this happen! As the Avenue for the Arts continues to grow, we hope to increase our volunteer participation.
“As a previous Market intern, it has been really exciting see how much this event, and the Avenue for the Arts, have grown in the past six years. When I initially became involved, there was only a handful of volunteers and interns combined running the event. Now, as the Avenue for the Arts event volunteer leader, I am able to gain a new perspective on the importance of volunteer support. We truly cannot do what we do, without all of the wonderful people who generously donate hours and hours of time and energy.”
-Jess Hacker: Volunteer Leader for AFTA
This year the Market is one day only, June 9th from 12:00pm-9:00pm! This means longer hours, more entertainment, more vendors and more art. These changes mean we need more volunteers to create a higher impact on the Grand Rapids community. Volunteers play a crucial role in this grassroots community event in many ways. First, we need a street team to help with guerilla marketing prior to the event. They will be dropping off postcards to local businesses and posting flyers throughout the city. Second, we will need fifty volunteers split into four shifts throughout the day as part of the Street Market Team. The four different shifts will include, set up, break down, directing artists to their spots and most importantly welcoming the guests to The Market. Volunteers are essential to the success of all of our events through The Avenue for the Arts, especially The Market. We cannot make this event happen without you!
Join us for volunteer orientation at The Dwelling Place, 101 Sheldon, on Tuesday June 5th at 7:00pm. We have a great opportunity for volunteer swag this year! Do you have an old t-shirt you would like to wear, but it is just too blah? The Market can bedazzle it right back to brand new! During the orientation, we will have the artists from Dinderbeck screen-printing The Market logo on your old t-shirt for you to wear on June 9th! Please follow this link to sign up to Volunteer for The Market presented by The Avenue for the Arts!