Volunteer at IFAM | Santa Fe and Join an Exceptional Global Community

Volunteer registration for the 2017 International Folk Art Market| Santa Fe, July 14, 15, 16th, is now open. 

We invite you to join us for the amazing experience of being a volunteer at the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe July 14th, 15th and 16th on Museum Hill. For the past 13 years, volunteers have provided their expertise, spirit of friendship, dedication, and resourcefulness to make this the largest folk art market of its kind. As a volunteer, you will:

  • Support global communities – Work with over 150 master folk artists from 50 countries who share their authentic artistic traditions.
  • Create sustainable impact – Artists earn income and serve as catalysts for positive social change in their communities by improving employment, health care, education, and well-being.
  • Join our community – Make friends with a team of 2,000 volunteers from 38 states and 8 countries who make this event possible.
  • Experience the market – Get free admission to regular Saturday (10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) and Sunday market (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), a volunteer t-shirt, snacks, a folk art gift and dedicated volunteer parking and shuttle service.

NEW VOLUNTEERS should fill out this application form: https://www.shiftboard.com/folkartvolunteer/registration_form_1.html

RETURNING VOLUNTEERS should login at: https://www.folkartalliance.org/volunteer/returning-volunteers/

SHIFTBOARD ONLINE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS –  If you need assistance with completing your registration online in Shiftboard, please use this How-To Guide or this Instructional Video

Teams recruiting volunteers for 2017 are listed below. Registration for all teams is available by logging in to Shiftboard, our volunteer registration system. New applicants will receive login instructions after your application is processed – within 24-72 hours of submission.

Ambiance Decorating
The Ambiance Décor Team takes the blank canvas of Museum Hill and, in about 3 week’s time, turns it into a vibrant, colorful, bustling global marketplace. Our goal is to create an exciting and memorable event for the artists and to make market attendees feel as though they have been transported to another world. Ambiance Decorating shifts start the week of June 25th.

Airport Greeters
Airport Greeters are the first to welcome the artists at the Albuquerque Sunport in early July. They help collect luggage and assist the artists in finding the shuttle to Santa Fe.

Artist Assistant
Artist Assistant volunteers are the largest volunteer team, giving individuals the opportunity to work directly with artists from all over the world. Not only will you have the chance to learn more about the artists, their cultures, and their work, but you’ll also play an integral role in helping them have a successful Market experience and in achieving their sales goals by managing their sales process. This includes writing sales slips, managing packages, and answering customer questions. Artist Assistant volunteers help the artists build sustainable businesses that not only change their lives, but also the lives of their communities.

Artist Lunches
Artist Lunch volunteers manage and deliver lunches to the artists in their booths during the Market.

Bike Valet
Bike Valet volunteers check in attendee’s bikes, guarding them while the owners attend the Folk Ark Market, and then returning the bike when the owner comes to pick it up.

Block Captains
Block Captain volunteers supervise and support the artists and artist assistants by managing booth coverage, ensuring that sales slips are written correctly, restocking important supplies and more during the busy artist assistant shifts. These volunteers are assigned to certain areas or “blocks” of the Market site, providing supervision and support to the artist assistants in the booths that are located in those “blocks.” Block captain volunteers should be unfazed by problem solving on the fly, managing people and prepared to be on their feet during their shifts.

Booth Supplies
Booth Supply volunteers provide critical assistance to the Market by packing the supplies that are provided by the Market, and used by artists and artist assistants, to properly display and sell their art at the Market. These volunteers are responsible for organizing the distribution of these materials that are integral to artist success at the Market.

Cashiers are one of the most important volunteer roles at the market. Friendly cashiers will use electronic technology to deliver more streamlined check out for market shoppers and collect IFAA donations as part of the check out process. Cashiers need to be technologically savvy and enjoy working independently in a face-paced environment. Former retail experience is helpful in this customer service-focused environment. Attending hands-on training before the market is mandatory.

Children’s Passport Project
The Children’s Passport Project volunteer team helps children at the Market travel the world. From handing out “passport books,” to assisting artist assistants with the correct “stamps,” there are several ways these volunteers help awaken an awareness of the countries and cultures that exist in the world in the children who visit the Market.

Community Celebration
Community Celebration volunteers work late afternoon into the evening of the Community Celebration on Thursday, July 16th Downtown Santa Fe on the Plaza. Volunteers help line up artists and student participants for the Artist Procession and clear the crowd for the procession route, ensuring safe and efficient passage for the artists to the Santa Fe Plaza. The Community Celebration is the artists’ official public welcome to Santa Fe.

Dallas Artist Assistants
Dallas Artist Assistants help with Set-up and Artist Assistant (see above) duties at the International Folk Art Market | Collection events in Dallas. For more information, visit: https://www.folkartalliance.org/volunteer/international-folk-art-market-collection-at-the-dallas-market-center/

Green Team
Green Team volunteers meet artists on Friday and Keep the Market Green by Promoting Recycling. We are the friendly faces the artisans meet as they are setting up and packing away their booths. We make sure they have bags to separate trash from reusable packing materials and arrange for storage and return of their boxes during the event. All our work is principally done on Friday and at the end of the market (late Sunday) as well as all day on Monday. A benefit, since we are sorting recyclables during booth set-up and during after Market de-installation and cleanup, is that you are free to be a visitor to the market on your own Saturday and Sunday.

Handyperson volunteers help make the artists’ booths retail-ready by hanging mirrors and delivering garment racks that these volunteers also help assemble. Duties might include attaching screws so artists can hang their work, moving tables and lifting boxes. Coming prepared with your own small tool kit and drill is recommended, but not required.

Volunteer Interpreters provide language interpretation for artists during midweek training, Museum of International Folk Art Market panel discussions and demonstrations, and during the Market in their booth, all to help the artists tell their story and share information about their work and their culture.

Market Hosts
Market Host volunteers greet visitors and provide basic directional information as they enter and leave the Market. When invited, these volunteers help provide information about who we are and what we do to change lives around the world. If you are the kind of person who likes to make people happy, this is the job for you!

Market Signs
Market Sign volunteers work before the Market begins to assemble and install signs and after the Market to take down and inventory signs.

UNESCO Artist Assistants
UNESCO volunteers perform the same tasks as Artist Assistants (see above), but for artists in the UNESCO booth.

Visitor Assistance-Golf Cart Drivers
Visitor Assistance volunteers shuttle visitors from key parking lots to the elevator on a passenger style golf cart before, during, and after the Market. You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer on this team, and have a valid driver’s license.

Volunteer Registration & Support
Volunteer Registration & Support volunteers help with a variety of tasks such as volunteer t-shirt & badge distribution, providing information and tracking no-shows during the Market and various preparations in the IFAA office before Market. This is a great position for returning volunteers who would like to be able to sit during their shift. Volunteers are needed before and during the Market.

Water Team
Water Team volunteers help keep both artists and Market visitors hydrated by providing water at the Market’s four free water kiosks. This is a great position for energetic and friendly people who like to work with others, and pride themselves on providing excellent customer service. Artists and Market visitors will really appreciate you!