Volunteer at IFAM | Santa Fe and Join an Exceptional Global Community
The Market starts this Friday. If you can help, please call the volunteer hotline at 505-992-7618
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 60 countries who share their authentic artistic traditions. New countries in 2017 are Tanzania, Argentina, Jordan and Tajikistan.
- 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
Artist Assistant – Saturday & Sunday Afternoons
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.
Booth Supplies – Friday Morning
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 – Saturday/Sunday
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.
Handyperson – Friday Morning
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.
Market Hosts – Saturday afternoon
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!
Transportation – PERA lot all shifts
Transportation Team volunteers help greet and direct market go-ers in the PERA and South Capitol Parking lots.