Kimball Art Center recruiting volunteers for upcoming arts festival
The annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival is the biggest fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center.
All ticket proceeds help the KAC keep the exhibits and community-education programs free to the public and it required more than 425 volunteers working 600, four-hour shifts to run the event smoothly, said Kristie Henderson, communications director at the Kimball Art Center.
Henderson should know. She was the festival’s volunteer coordinator last year.
"Volunteers are hugely important because we couldn’t run the festival without them," Henderson said during an interview with The Park Record. "This year’s we’ll have shifts that run from Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3."
There is something for everyone, she said.
"Volunteers can work at the concessions booths and the nine entry gates to hand out wristbands to those who are attending the festival," Henderson said. "We also need volunteers to help artists set up their booths and work in the membership booth and at the children’s area."
While in the children’s area, volunteers will do face painting and help kids with individual projects.
"It’s a really fun place to be," Henderson said.
Volunteers are also needed in the VIP lounge and they also help set up and take down artists’ booths.
"We also are looking for people to work in the beer garden," Henderson said. "Those who sign up must be TIPS certified to serve the beer."
TIPS helps servers recognize potential alcohol-related problems and provides training on how to prevent alcohol-related tragedies.
"We will host TIPS training sessions at the Kimball Art Center on Tuesday, July 22, and Monday, July 28, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.," according to Henderson.
Beer garden volunteers must be at least 21 years old, and while there is no real age limit to volunteer at the other festival stations, the Kimball Art Center prefers people to be 18 years old or older.
People who are interested in volunteering can visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org/volunteer , Henderson said.
"This is the place where they can read about all the different volunteer positions that are available and they can sign up to what they want to do accordingly," she said.
For their help, the volunteers will take home some goodies.
"They will get a festival T-shirt that is designed every year," Henderson said. "They will also receive a festival access pass that allows them admission to the festival all weekend."
In addition, they will get free refreshments and lunch, provided by Fresh Market, in the volunteer lounge, which will be at the Kimball Art Center this year.
"Also, our volunteers will receive bags with headphones donated by Skullcandy, energy bars from ProBar, some items from Merco Local and certificates for Tanger Outlet stores," Henderson said. "We will also hold a volunteer-appreciation party on July 24."
One of the things Henderson noticed last year was how much fun the volunteers have throughout the weekend.
"We have a lot of repeat volunteers who are very enthusiastic," she said. "There are even people who come to Park City from out of state to volunteer at the festival. We also have a lot of second-home owners and people who plan their vacation around the festival."
For more information or to sign up for volunteering at the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org/volunteer .
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