Volunteer at Bayou City Art Festival

The Bayou City Art Festival allows the greater Houston community to gather in Memorial Park in the spring and gain unique art experiences by learning from diverse local artists.

For 47 years, the festival has been organized by the Art Colony Association, a nonprofit that provides financial support to local charities through these art festivals and other events. Since their founding in 1972, the association has raised 3.6 million dollars for charity, this year focusing on supporting nature preservation, health & wellness, and of course, the arts!

This year’s festival will take place next weekend from Friday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 25th. Keep reading to learn how volunteers under 18 can help out, or just go ahead and sign up for volunteer shifts here. For more info, check out our profile here or visit their website here.

Volunteer Tasks Needed (All Age 13+)

Love taking photos? Be a Media Assistant

Volunteers are needed to assist our PR team with checking in journalists, photographers, and media personalities. Volunteers will be distributing credentials from the media check-in tent, and may support the PR team in other ways as needed.

Run the Information Booth 

Volunteers will answer questions, hand out maps and programs, and operate the lost-and-found. This is a great role for outgoing folks that love sharing information with others. Familiarity with the festival is important, and even better if you’ve volunteered for the festival in the past!

Be a Greeter 

Volunteers greet visitors and hand out festival maps, direct foot traffic and give directions as patrons enter and leave the festival, and answer questions. These volunteers are essential for providing a positive experience at the festival, so a “people person” is perfect for this role! This position has direct exposure to sunlight, so please remember to bring a hat and sunscreen.

Help with Artist Relief 

Volunteers will be assigned to a specific zone of the festival, where you will provide relief to artists by delivering beverages and snacks. You may also sit in for an artist while they take quick breaks or have lunch. There will be lots of moving around, talking to artists, and answering questions. Larger groups and art lovers are perfect for this position!

Be a Ticket Taker

Volunteers will take admission tickets from patrons at the entrance gates, pass out festival maps and share festival information. This position has direct exposure to sunlight, so please remember to bring a hat and sunscreen.

Be a Rover 

We will assign Rovers to fill in for missing volunteers, and to relieve other volunteers. This role is important as there are specific volunteer activities that must be fully staffed. You will check in at Volunteer Check-In tent and we will assign you an activity on site. If you complete your task, please return to Volunteer Check-In for a new assignment. This is perfect for a volunteer that can’t decide on an activity, or just likes the excitement of the luck of the draw.

Help with Volunteer Check-In

You will sign volunteers in and out for their given activity and shift time at the volunteer tent. You will hand out volunteer t-shirts, badges, snacks and water at the beginning of a volunteer’s shift and collect badges at the end of their shift, and help set up the Volunteer Raffle. This is the first point of contact for our volunteers, so happy, friendly faces are welcome!

Be an Usher

You will lead volunteers from the volunteer tent to the location of their volunteer position. This role is hugely important in ensuring that volunteers are adequately prepared for their shifts and know exactly what their role is. Between getting people in place, you’ll support the Volunteer Check-In team as needed. Familiarity with the festival and volunteering is a plus. There is a lot of walking, and this is a great way to see the festival from every direction!

Help with Volunteer Relief

Volunteers will be assigned to provide relief to festival volunteers by delivering beverages, snacks, bug spray and sunscreen, and will stand in for volunteers on quick breaks. There will be lots of moving around, talking to volunteers and answering questions.


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