We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

Archive For: Volunteers

2016 Brian Ebright Memorial Award Winner

Now that the dust has settled on the Festival, I have time to recognize the great work and long service of fine work of Anne Layng. Anne is the winner of our 2016 Brian Ebright Memorial Award. Fulton Bank sponsors the award.

The Festival staff named our only volunteer award for our first intern, Brian Ebright, a Penn State student from Hummelstown.… Read the rest

 

Meet Volunteer Anne Layng

Anne LayngHang around at the Arts Festival’s Silent Auction barn in front of Panera Bread long enough, and you’ll surely see volunteer Anne Layng. She’ll be the one with flowers in her hair, flashing a bright smile to all who pass by and stop to browse and bid.

“It’s such a neat surprise when you see people you haven’t seen all year long,” says Anne, who has volunteered with the Silent Auction for the past six or seven years.… Read the rest

 

East Highlands: Not Just about Trash Duty

East Highlands Neighborhood Trash CrewWhat started as a group of volunteers helping out with trash duty has grown to be so much more.

Festival regulars have  no doubt seen the East Highlands Trash Crew working the streets of State College on the Thursday of the Arts Festival – from 3:00 to -9:00 pm. They are a spirited bunch – an “ad hoc neighborhood group,” says member (and Arts Festival Board Vice President) Bill Ryan.”

Formed in 2002, members are residents of the fraternity district east of Garner Avenue in downtown State College.… Read the rest

 

Fraternity Brothers Making Strides for Arts Festival

Each year the Sidewalk Sale weaves through the streets of State College and the Penn State campus – mingling with homes, businesses, campus buildings…and fraternities. One fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, is making strides to connect with the community in a positive way.
 

Giving Back in a Big Way

Jan taking calls at Festival HQ.

It’s a fact: The Arts Festival relies on the hundreds of volunteers that make it possible to produce “Happy Valley’s annual miracle.”

Those volunteers come in all shapes and sizes – from the Boy Scout Troops who are part of the Trash Crew to the individuals who help out in the Festival office each year.… Read the rest

 

Ambassadors: Making Artists Feel at Home

The Artists’ Embassy

Imagine setting up shop in a new town – where you don’t know the best place to grab a bite, the layout of the town, or even how to get to your hotel from your “office.”

This is what Arts Fest Sidewalk Sale artists deal with every day.… Read the rest

 

The Proud, The Few…The Trash Crew!

The Trash Crew!

Boy Scout Troop 83 volunteer at 2007 Arts Festival

Each July, tens of thousands of visitors come to State College to enjoy Arts Fest. All those people produce a lot of trash!

Who is responsible for making sure that the streets of downtown State College and the Penn State campus stay clean?… Read the rest

 

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