Sunday, May 26, 2013

Call for Volunteers for Arts and Jazz Festivals

Today's date: May 16, 2013
Media Contacts:
Shaunda Miles, 412-471-1578,
Diana Roth, 412-471-8717,

Call For Volunteers/Volunteer Opportunities

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
June 7-16, 2013
Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival
June 7-9, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA:  The 54th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and 3rd annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival are looking for volunteers!  The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be held June 7-16, 2013 in the streets, open spaces, galleries and historic plazas of downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Gateway Center, and Point State Park. Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival will be held June 7-9 at various locations in the Cultural District.

Every year the success of the Festivals depend on the help of hundreds of volunteers.  There are volunteer positions for nearly every age, interest and ability. From heavy lifting to easy sitting, there’s something for you!  Volunteers will also be given an official volunteer t-shirt to wear while helping during the Festival. Most volunteer shifts last about four hours.  The Festivals need volunteers every day. Individuals, students, groups and families are all encouraged to help, and may choose one shift or multiple shifts.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival-Volunteer Opportunities, June 7-16, 2013
Volunteers are needed as information booth concierges, green team, artist booth sitters, roving concierges, activity assistants, gallery assistants, artist hospitality room monitors and loading assistants.

Info Booth Concierges:  Paired with a Arts Festival employee, concierges assist with overflow and general questions (Where are the bathrooms?  Where are the food  booths?)

Booth Sitters:  Artist Market Booth Sitters are responsible for relieving artists who have signed up for a 15-minute slot, in order to run errands, get food, and go to the bathroom.  Booth sitters do not make sales.

Roving Concierges:  Outfitted in a Arts Festival VOLUNTEER t-shirt, Roving Concierges will walk the festival footprint answering questions and being helpful to all Arts Festival patrons.

Creativity Zone and Children’s Activities Assistant: Activities Assistants will help children with crafts and activities in the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone and at the Gateway Center fountain.  Volunteers for this must have state clearances.

Gallery Assistant: Gallery Assistants assist the staff at the Visual Arts Galleries throughout the Cultural District.  They answer patron’s questions, monitor attendance and help ensure that the art is not damaged.

Artist Hospitality Room Monitor: The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be hosting a hospitality room for artists and their assistants in the Wyndham Grand Hotel.  The artist hospitality room monitor will check credentials to ensure that only artists and their assistants enter.  They will also monitor the light refreshments and the cleanliness of the space.

Loading Assistants:  Loading Assistants help artists find their booths and assist with loading and unloading vehicles. This position requires some heavy lifting and can be labor-intensive.

Green Team Volunteers: Green Team volunteers are needed to help continue the Festival’s efforts again this year promoting environmentally responsible practices.  A variety of ‘green team’ volunteer opportunities are available.

Thanks to support from the Colcom Foundation, the Festival has been able to earn a GOLD Standard Accreditation from Pennsylvania Resources Council’s Zero Waste Pittsburgh initiative and diversify its efforts from recycling trash to promoting bicycling, providing onsite environmental education and reducing reliance on plastics. This year the Festival will continue leading practices, through the Foundation’s generous support, with a world-class composting and recycling system-one of the first and largest in the nation which helps divert more than 80% of trash from landfills annually.  The Festival also offers free bicycle valet service to encourage eco-friendly transportation to and from downtown and free water stations that encourage refilling personal containers to reduce waste.

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival Volunteers, June 7-9:  A variety of volunteer opportunities are available.

To sign up for volunteer opportunities, visit: or call Eric Thomas, Volunteer Coordinator, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, at 412-456-2697.

About Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is set to fulfill its mission of connecting the community to the arts this summer, June 7 – 16, 2013, in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The 10-day Festival is free and open to the public and presents high-quality and diverse visual and performing art attractions sprawling from the newly renovated Point State Park at the confluence of the city’s famed three rivers, through picturesque Gateway Center, and into Pittsburgh’s world-renowned 14-block Cultural District.  During its vast and varied history, the Festival has featured more than 12,000 artists and entertained millions of residents and visitors, including an annual crowd of 400,000.

About Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will consist of three days of free jazz and jazz-influenced musical performances on outdoor stages throughout downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District from June 7-9, 2013. Held in conjunction with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival attracts over 20,000 attendees from around the country. The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival features local, emerging, and renowned national and international musicians in a variety of performance settings.

Posted on behalf of Dreamweaver Marketing Associates.  Joyce Kane is the owner of Cybertary Pittsburgh, a Virtual Administrative support company, providing virtual office support, personal and executive assistance, creative design services and light bookkeeping.  Cybertary works with businesses and busy individuals to help them work 'on' their business rather than 'in' their business.

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