Calling all Volunteers!
Volunteering can be an exciting, fun, educational experience. YOU are what makes this Festival happen. Come help us out and contribute to the queer community! Volunteering is a great way to meet awesome new people, and if you’re an artist there’s no better way to connect with local, national, and international queer audiences and colleagues. Need another reason to volunteer? All volunteers will receive an all-access rush pass for QAF performances! AND we throw a big party on Closing Night just to celebrate YOU!!
Please read through the exciting volunteer opportunities below and then click HERE to access our easy-to-use online application form!
Questions? Email us at: qafvolunteercoordinator[at]gmail.com
General Festival Positions
Art Installation/Strike Team
If you’re handy with tools, have an eye for detail, and are available in the daytime leading up to the festival, art installation is the job for you! Installation and Strike team members will work under the direction of the Curators and Artistic Directors to assist in hanging artwork before the festival and/or taking it down at the end of the festival. Be the first to get a hands-on sneak peek at this year’s fantastic art, and meet the artists and curators!
Opening Night Art Party!
Do you want to be an important individual at one of Vancouver’s most dynamic art openings? QAF’s Opening Night Art Party! is always a highlight of Vancouver’s queer calendar. There are a number of opportunities available for you to be a part of this exciting event including: set-up, greeting, serving, drink ticket and membership sales, clean-up, and general help. Art Party! volunteers must be available on Tuesday, June 21.
Throughout the festival, we always need people monitoring the gallery space. Gallery Hosts work 4-hour shifts greeting and assisting visitors, monitoring gallery attendance, and keeping an eye on the artwork. Gallery Hosts will have lots of opportunities to chat with fellow art-lovers, and will be friendly faces to represent QAF. This is a low-energy curatorial position, and could be great for self-identified shy wallflower types as well!
Box Office Assistant
Good counting and people skills a must! The Box Office Assistants will assist the Box Office Coordinator, taking will call tickets, counting passholders, and counting cash and tickets. Box Office Assistants are also responsible for providing information and directions to audience members. Ability to multitask and give attention to detail are definite assets in this position! Box Office Assistants must have good to excellent English verbal skills
Membership/Merchandise/Drink Ticket Sales and Donations
Do you have quick cash handling skills? Be the friendly face at a table outside the theatre where guests buy drink tickets, sign up for Pride in Art Society memberships, buy artists’ merchandise, and give their generous donations to QAF. Mathematical genius is not a requirement – we’re looking for reliable folks with good multitasking skills and a friendly disposition. The bar is often only open during intermission and after the show, so Sales Helpers will get to watch the performances too. Sales Helpers must have good to excellent English verbal skills.
Do you know your way around a bar? Bartenders serve beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks; keep the fridge stocked; and accept drink tickets. Bartenders must be at least 19 years old and have Serving It Right Certification. This is a position that offers lots of social contact – flirting opportunities abound. Quiet, enigmatic bartenders are also welcome.
Volunteers with Special Superpowers
Pride in Art Society Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K Team
Are you a cardio contender who wants to raise money for a good cause? Sign up for the Pride in Art Society Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K (Sunday June 26) team!
All who participate as part of the PiA team will receive an all-access rush pass to the Queer Arts Festival.
Runners and athletes with racing chairs will begin the half-marathon at 7:30 am. The 5K begins at 9:30 am and is open to runners, walkers, those in wheelchairs, and those with strollers. Dogs are also welcome in the 5K!
To register, click HERE and select Pride in Art Society from the Charity Challenge drop-down menu. Be sure to enter 16VPRIDE on the initial application form (and not the coupon box on the payment screen) for discounted entry. Participants who raise $100 or more will have the option to have their registration fee reimbursed.
Pride in Art Society Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K Cheering Squad
We are putting together a cheering squad to support our runners at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K (Sunday June 26). If you’ve ever wanted to be a cheerleader—this is your chance! All who participate as part of the QAF team will receive an all-access rush pass to the festival.
Do you love to drive? We need people with their own car and driver’s license before and during the festival to run various errands – it could be picking up a performer from the airport, transporting food for catering, or running to the hardware store for that forgotten item. Ideally, Drivers will be able to comfortably lift 30lbs or so, but please still let us know if you’d like to drive but lifting just isn’t your thing. QAF will reimburse Drivers $0.50/km for mileage.
Are you an experienced photographer and have your own equipment? We need your help documenting QAF events and performances. Mingle at the parties and have the best seat in the house reserved for you! Photographers must be able to attend the tech/dress rehearsal as well as the performance for the program they are documenting. If you are interested in this position, please email us at qafvolunteercoordinator[at]gmail.com with links to samples of your work.
Are you an experienced videographer and have your own equipment? We need your help documenting QAF events and performances. Mingle at the parties and get the best seat in the house reserved for you! Videographers must be able to attend the tech/dress rehearsal as well as the performance for the program they are documenting. If you are interested in this position, please email us at qafvolunteercoordinator[at]gmail.com with links to samples of your work.
Do you want to help out with QAF in the comfort of your own home? We are looking for someone with video editing skills to create videos out of the materials that the Videographers capture during the festival! If you are interested in this position, please email us at qafvolunteercoordinator[at]gmail.com with links to samples of your work.
Do you have a passion for office supplies and organization? Are you looking to develop your administrative skill set or already a superstar with administration? Throughout the year, we can often use a hand during office hours – filing, doing data entry, labelling envelopes, and running the occasional errand. Some admin/computer experience would be helpful. Office Assistants can bank their volunteer hours towards passes at the festival, so this is a great way to help out AND get to see all the shows!
Do you want to get your hands dirty with the inner workings of the Queer Arts Festival? We are looking for committed, capable individuals who are passionate about queer culture to join our team. Committees meet bi-monthly and work closely with the Pride in Art Society board on fundraising, networking, governance, policy, and procedure development. This is our first step in recruitment for the Pride in Art Society board.