Volunteer registration now open for Art Providence Holiday Show

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The 2018 Art Providence Holiday Show is seeking volunteers to assist with show operations and implementation on December 7, 8 and 9 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. In exchange for donating a few hours of their time, volunteers receive free admission to the show all weekend as well as four complimentary passes for friends and family.

A limited edition Art Providence Show pin will be awarded to each volunteer to wear during their shift and also to serve as their all access pass for the weekend. Show organizers have also scheduled a “pre-party” on Wednesday, December 5 at the Isle Guild Tap Room in Pawtucket for artists, and volunteers are welcome.

“We had a lot of terrific volunteers help make the show possible last year,” said Laura Burkett, owner of ArtSmart Productions and the show’s Executive Director. “It’s wonderful to have people who love handmade art and craft give of their time to support these talented artists."

Jobs include helping with set-up on Friday and breakdown on Sunday eve, but there’s also plenty to do in between. Most of the work during show hours is “light duty,” involving monitoring an area, credential checking or manning an artist’s booth during a quick break.

“It’s not rocket science,” chuckles Mary Farrell, the show’s Volunteer Coordinator, “but it will keep you busy and on your toes. We have the kids’ corner again this year which was popular with a lot of last year’s helpers. It would be great to get a few more booth sitters.”

New to the show this year is a gift wrapping station spearheaded by Catherine Valenti, Neuro-Developmental Specialist and Executive Director of Angel Care Montessori. A portion of the gift-wrapping proceeds will be donated to Angel Care.

“I’m looking for a few good volunteers to help us with the gift wrapping,” said Valenti. “We’re going to use some eco-friendly materials and provide plenty of guidance. Even if you’re not confident in your wrapping skills, we’ll also need help staging and prepping.”

Other jobs include selling show branded tote bags and monitoring the newly added VIP Suite where badge holders can check their shopping bags, relax in soft seating, enjoy complimentary snacks and a beverage and get a neck massage provided by Evolve Apothecary & Spa.

“It’s a beautiful show and a first class experience,” added Farrell. “Our volunteers made it top notch last year, and I look forward to working with another great crew come December.”

For more information and to register as a volunteer, please visit https://artprovidenceshow.com/volunteers.

Laura Burkett