Volunteer for ArtPrize
ArtPrize opened its available volunteer positions for the 2012 event and fewer than seven hours later, more than 1,200 volunteer shifts had already been filled using the art competition's website, artprize.org, faster than any year before.
"It's thrilling to see the community's response," said Amelea Pegman, ArtPrize director of volunteer and community relations. "Each year volunteers have stepped up to meet the growing demand and expanding audiences the event attracts. With this response, volunteers are more eager than ever to be involved in the ArtPrize event."
While the turnout has recently surpassed the rate of signups leading up to previous events, many positions are still available. "If you haven't signed up yet, don't worry, we always have amazing opportunities to fill, there's room for everyone," added Pegman.
The ArtPrize event began as a contrast to traditional art competitions and events, but with this year's contest happening amidst the height of a fevered election, ArtPrize organizers hope the event will stand as a breath of fresh air amongst the divisive language of political campaigns.
At Wednesday's volunteer kick-off event, ArtPrize launched "Vote Art 2012," a campaign complete with yard signs, buttons, t-shirts and campaign "commercials." The tongue in cheek campaign ads position ArtPrize volunteers as the official spokespeople for art.
"Art and the ideas of artists can bring communities of people together unlike anything else in the world," said Todd Herring, marketing director at ArtPrize. "Political campaigns can be exhausting, so we wanted to provide an alternative. While politics can be ugly, art can be beautiful."
The campaign PSA's were produced by Brian Kelly and feature the Grand Rapids based comedy team "The Don't We Boys." The swift response signals the campaign introduction has already struck a chord with volunteers.
"Working as an ArtPrize volunteer has changed the way I feel about my community," said Ari DeJonge, a volunteer with ArtPrize. "Every year I look forward to joining my friends, engaging with people and welcoming visitors to Grand Rapids; the Vote for Art Campaign gives the whole thing a jolt of excitement and purpose."
Sign up and learn more about ArtPrize volunteer opportunities online at www.artprize.org/get-involved/volunteers.