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Des Moines Arts Festival® Recruiting Volunteers for the 2018 Festival

March 21, 2018

Des Moines, IA March 21, 2018 — The Des Moines Arts Festival® invites you to #GoWhereItTakesYou as a volunteer. Recruitment to fill 1,200 volunteer shifts has begun for the 2018 Festival, which was awarded Best Volunteer Program by the International Festival & Events Association (IFEA) and will take place June 22-24 in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to meet Festival participants from across the nation while also meeting other volunteers in the community during the three-day Festival. Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt along with snacks and beverages from the Volunteer Headquarters. Thanks to VolunteerLocal, who has hosted the Festival’s volunteer registration system since its inception, signing up to volunteer is easy and fast at desmoinesartsfestival.org/volunteer

“Our volunteers are a crucial part of what makes the Des Moines Arts Festival a success each year,” said Stephen King, CFEE, Des Moines Arts Festival Executive Director and Immediate Past Chair of the International Festivals and Events Association World Board of Directors. “It really takes an army to pull off an event of this magnitude with such a focus on guest and artist experience.”

Matt Fischer

The Festival also welcomes Matt Fisher as the new Volunteer Coordinator. This year will mark Fisher’s tenth year as a Des Moines Arts Festival volunteer. “Stepping into this new role for the upcoming festival allows me the opportunity to work closely with the volunteer program to ensure that it remains the gold-standard in the festival industry,” he said. When Fisher is not volunteering for Des Moines Arts Festival, he is a teacher for Des Moines Public Schools.

If you’re looking for a more integrated opportunity, the Festival’s Event Management Team (desmoinesartsfestival.org/volunteer/join-the-event-management-team/) may be what you’re looking for. This group of 41 professional men and women who manage every area of the Festival offer a variety of areas for volunteer opportunities from artist relations and the Environmental Impact Team, to hospitality suites and event setup and teardown. 

Questions about volunteering or want to sign up a group or organization? Contact Matt Fisher at mfisher@desmoinesartsfestival.org.


About the Des Moines Arts Festival®

The eleven-time Grand Pinnacle Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival presented by Nationwide will be held June 22-24, 2018. This free annual three-day arts and culture festival will surround the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. DMAF invites you to “…go where it takes you…” by engaging with 180 invited professional visual artists, emerging Iowa artists, the cutting-edge Interrobang Film Festival, live music, performing arts, interactive arts activities, award-winning community outreach programs, live artist workshops and demonstrations, artisan food, and beverages for every taste.  

For more information please visit us online at desmoinesartsfestival.org or socialize with us on Facebook at facebook.com/DesMoinesArtsFestival, Twitter at @DMArtsFestival, Instagram at @desmoinesartsfestival, Pinterest at @dmartsfest, on YouTube and on LinkedIn.  #GoWhereItTakesYou #DMAF #DMAF2018 #Nationwide #MakeSafeHappen