The Bayou City Art Festival is looking for a few (well, okay, a lot of) volunteers to help staff this year's festival, which takes place October 8 and 9 in downtown Houston. People who sign on for volunteer shifts, though, will find themselves not just supporting the arts, but probably their favorite arts and nonprofit organizations as well.
It works like this: The festival turns volunteer recruitment over to their 18 nonprofit partners, including arts organizations such as Art League Houston, Spacetaker, Houston Center for Photography and Lawndale Art Center. (If you're more into volunteering in the name of the service organizations like the YMCA, Spay-Neuter Assistance Program or Bering Omega Community Services, they've got space for you, too). Then each nonprofit earns a portion of the festival's proceeds based on volunteer participation.
Volunteers are assigned jobs like ticket takers, volunteer and artist relief workers and stage runners. Shifts run a measly four hours and get you into the festival for free. You also get a T-shirt, water and snacks, along with a sense of accomplishment and connection to the community (we're guessing on that last one, but we know for certain about the other stuff).
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