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Locals: Be a part of the Arts Fest

Submitted by the Kimball Art CenterThe Kimball Art Center will host the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival, one of the top art festivals in the country, Aug. 6-8. In addition to the hundreds of artist exhibits, many new elements have been added to th

The 2010 Kimball Arts Festival is a community celebration of art, music, food and film, and the organizers need your support. "The Kimball Art Center is a non-profit community art center with a staff of only 12 full and part-time employees," says Lauren Vitulli, Volunteer Coordinator for the Festival. "Hosting a festival of this size is a huge undertaking for such a small staff, so we depend heavily on our superb volunteer force."

Vitulli assumed the role of Volunteer Coordinator for the 2009 festival and will be organizing the teams again this year. "Volunteers are the backbone of our event, and we couldn’t do it without them," she says. Vitulli encourages people to sign up with friends and family members so they can spend the day together while supporting the festival. Many parents volunteer with their kids, which is a great way to introduce them to community service. Four-hour shifts allow plenty of time to enjoy the festival and the exclusive lounge where volunteers enjoy lunch, refreshments and other great benefits. Combining community service with the opportunity to enjoy all the festival has to offer is a great way to get together with old friends, make new ones and also support the Kimball Art Center. "We really try to make it fun for our volunteers," she adds.

The fun factor must be working, judging from the following testimonials from some of last year’s helpers:

  • Kevin Mcintosh, Vice Principle of Treasure Mountain Middle School says, "I gotta tell you, last year was awesome. The coordination by Lauren, working with all those volunteers was amazing! I had a great experience it was so much fun, I’m going to volunteer again this year!"
  • Stephanie Johnson volunteered last year with her husband Clay and 8 year-old son Seth. "We did it as a family and had lots of fun!" she says. "We enjoyed talking to people and being part of such a fabulous event." As President of the Park City Ambassadors, Stephanie also helps recruit other volunteers. "Seth was a ‘hot ticket,’ a good salesperson at our Coca-Cola booth by the Marriott, and he’s very excited to do it again this year."
  • Carla Mitchell and teen twins, Alison and Christopher, initially got involved because a friend of Alison’s is a student in the Kimball’s Young Artists’ Academy. Alison had been looking for ways to fulfill community service hours that would benefit an arts organization, and she convinced her Mom and brother to do it with her. "Ali got us out there." says Carla, "We enjoyed working near Andrew Smith’s water sculpture, and Ali did face painting in the Family Creativity Area. We had a blast! Lauren Vitulli, the volunteer coordinator, was well organized and appreciative."
  • Claire Desilets agrees. "Lauren also enlisted my participation as a volunteer for the 2009 Arts Festival, (she is quite the convincing recruiter for a good cause!) Volunteering for the Kimball was a rewarding experience. We were well coached for our assignments and the whole volunteer experience went flawlessly. I enjoyed the outdoor space provided where volunteers could congregate and get to know each other. The Kimball showed appreciation for us by making our contribution visible to festival participants and artists. My volunteer experience was such a great opportunity to meet new people that I will not hesitate to lend a hand again this year."

    Come be a part of art. Join the Kimball Art Center as a volunteer Aug. 6, 7 or 8 and receive benefits including a collectable 2010 Arts Festival T-shirt; free meal, snacks and refreshments; weekend pass to the festival; Knead-a-Massage gift certificate, a $35 value to use for a free 30-minute massage or to apply toward a more luxurious service; plus plenty of laughter, fun, frivolity and new friendships.

    For more details and to register to volunteer, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org and see the volunteer link on the left side of the home page. For questions, comments or suggestions, contact Lauren Vitulli at 649-8882 ext. 105 or Volunteers@KimballArtCenter.org .


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