Volunteer at the Arts Festival!

We need you! We can’t produce the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts without the work of hundreds of volunteers. Please sign up today!

If you would like to give the gift of your time – and join over 500 other volunteers who help make Arts Festival a reality – there are many opportunities for you to get involved! We rely on volunteers to:

  • Help guide visitors to the Festival venues from an Information Booth
  • Sell Festival buttons and merchandise
  • Work ‘behind the scenes’ in the days leading up to the Festival in setup
  • Work in the Festival office the week of the Festival
  • Be an Artist Ambassador

Please note that on any given day there may not be openings at every volunteer position.

Thank you to Sweetland Engineering & Associates for sponsoring the Volunteer T-shirts!

Click here if you'd like to offer your services as a Festival volunteer

Sidewalk Sale Ambassadors

For men and women interested in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, other volunteer opportunities are available. Sidewalk Sale Ambassadors are on duty throughout the Sidewalk Sale to provide assistance and information to artists. Ambassador shifts are two to three hours long, depending on the availability of the volunteer. An Ambassador is often asked to watch an Artist’s booth for 15-20 minutes while the Artist takes a quick break to grab a bite to eat or visit the restroom. Ambassadors are frequently asked for basic information regarding the Festival and the State College area.

The job is very rewarding and a great way to meet artists as well as other community volunteers. Being an ambassador requires a significant amount of walking, so an average degree of physical fitness is required. Since it might involve answering questions about State College and Penn State, Ambassadors should have proficiency in English and be somewhat familiar with State College.

If you would like to be a Sidewalk Sale Ambassador, please contact Duane Funk at duanefunk@msn.com or Lori Hartman lorihartman11@gmail.com.

The Proud, The Few, The Green Crew

Did you notice that the Trash Crew has a new motto? They’re now The Proud, The Few, The Green Crew!  With the help of some outstanding volunteers and community partners (hats off to the Borough of State College, Penn State, and the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority!), we’ve embarked on an effort to move the Festival to a zero landfill-waste event. You’ll see more opportunities to recycle and compost this year than you have in the past as we keep on “going green.”

2013 First Trash Crew of Festival

“The Proud, The Few, The Green Crew” is in need of volunteers over the duration of the Festival. The crew is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the Festival zone as well as emptying the trash, recycling, and compost receptacles. This is a great opportunity for groups looking to help since it is an outstanding team building activity and oodles of fun. Seriously. You will not believe how much fun it is. All of those volunteering for “The Crew” will receive a special collectible and Green Crew T-shirt—sought after by fashionistas from coast to coast.

Some lifting and walking is required of Green Crew members and sensible shoes (sneakers or work shoes/boots) are a must.

If you or your group would like to participate in the Green Crew, please contact Bill Ryan, Green Crew Chair at wfryan335@mac.com.

Thanks to Karch Auto for sponsoring the Green Crew T-shirt!