Volunteers working with artist Amanda Browder at a Sewing Day in Birmingham, AL. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

Volunteering

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Join us in creating the inaugural Project 1 exhibition. Learn new skills, meet interesting people and experience exciting art from around the world as a Project 1 volunteer.

Volunteer Opportunities

Below is a sampling of volunteer opportunities during Project 1.

Sew With Us

Artist Amanda Browder will transform spaces across Grand Rapids into multi-colored textile sculptures this fall. And she needs your help. She’s calling on our community — you and me — to help her collect fabric and sew these immense striped tapestries that she’ll wrap around multiple buildings and structures throughout our city.

Work alongside Amanda at Sewing Days events this spring and summer. No sewing experience required and people of all ages and abilities are invited to join.

As a Sewing Days volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Organize fabric by color
  • Place fabric on the tables for pinning
  • Pin the fabric
  • Sew the pinned sections together
  • Maintain the sewing machines and be there if someone needs help
  • Organize the fabric as it’s sewn

Donate Fabric

We’re collecting colorful, non-stretchy fabrics in opaque materials such as cotton, rayon and velvet, as well as threads of all kinds to support the creation of Amanda’s work.

Send us your fabric remnants and bolts, or stop by Monday-Friday, 9am – 4 pm.

ArtPrize Grand Rapids
41 Sheldon Blvd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

More donation locations will be open soon.

Project 1 Circle

Join a dedicated group of volunteers to become a trained tour guide and gain access to a variety of awesome perks along the way.

  • Be part of an art enthusiast group and meet dedicated volunteers like yourself.
  • Gain access to special events as well as exclusive volunteer opportunities and perks.
  • Learn about all things Project 1.
  • Give your gift of time by helping facilitate tours for schools and visitors during Project 1.

Have questions? Reach out to Katherine Hagman, Volunteer and Visitor Engagement Manager at katherine@artprize.org.

Requirements

  • Passion for arts & culture
  • Excitement around learning and engagement in the arts
  • Friendly and positive demeanor
  • Pass a background check
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Expectations

  • Attendance and engagement at all required events listed below, including one general orientation session.
  • Commitment to picking up at least 3 shifts as a Volunteer Guide during Project 1, leading tours for K-12 school groups and the public. Shifts will be available Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3pm & Saturdays 11-7 between the dates of September 7 and October 5.

Benefits

  • Access to special events and experiences as well as exclusive volunteer opportunities and perks.
  • More to come!

Required Events

An Inside look at Project 1 by ArtPrize
Monday, July 15 from 6-8pm
Join ArtPrize staff for an inside look at Project 1: Crossed Lines exhibition.

Looking at Art
Monday, August 5 from 6-8pm
Explore Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and several other techniques/tools you can utilize while facilitating conversations about a work of art. Learn how to implement these strategies when engaging the public and schools in conversations about contemporary art during Project 1.

Project 1 by ArtPrize General Volunteer Orientation
Wednesday, August 21 from 10-11am and 6-7pm
Saturday, August 24 from 12-1pm
Join the ArtPrize team for an overview of Project 1 artists, sites, events, and the ins and outs of the volunteer program.

Public Art in Grand Rapids
Monday, August 29 from 6-8pm
Join the ArtPrize team for a tour highlighting public art in Grand Rapids. We’ll also take a sneak peek at Project 1 sites during installation!

Touring Project 1 by ArtPrize
Wednesday, September 4 from 6-8pm
Take a tour with ArtPrize staff of Project 1 installations downtown and practice facilitating tours and conversations about the work.

Project 1 Street Team

Spread the word about Project 1 exhibition and events by canvassing Grand Rapids with flyers, posters, and visitor guides.

Visitor Kiosk Assistant

Welcome Project 1 visitors and help them navigate Project 1 sites, artwork, and the city of Grand Rapids.

Honda Hopper Driver

Help Project 1 visitors explore different Project 1 sites and events across the city by joining our Honda Hopper Team of drivers! The Honda Hopper will offer free rides for visitors on Saturdays in September to make transportation easy.

This position requires a background check as well as an additional training session. Contact Katherine at katherine@artprize.org with any questions.

Youth and Group Volunteering

Want to volunteer with friends or family members? Wonderful! The more the merrier. 

We would be more than happy to organize a custom group volunteer experience for your office, church, community organization, student group, or a few of your closest friends and family members. Contact Katherine Hagman, Volunteer and Visitor Engagement Manager at katherine@artprize.org for more information.

Interested in building a Project 1 by ArtPrize volunteer experience with your youth group or school? Contact Becca Guyette, Director of Education at becca@artprize.org for more information.

Training and Orientation

We want to help you prepare for your volunteer shifts so you can make the most of your experience during Project 1. All volunteers are required to attend a General Volunteer Orientation session, where we will cover all the ins and outs of the exhibition. Other learning opportunities are optional, but great ways to learn more about art and culture in Grand Rapids. Visit arprize.volunteerhub.com to see all opportunities.

General Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, August 21st from 10-11 AM & 6-7PM
ArtPrize Offices, 41 Sheldon Blvd SE


Join ArtPrize staff for an overview of Project 1 artists, sites and events, while learning all of the ins and outs of the volunteer program.

*Attending an orientation session is required for all Project 1 by ArtPrize Volunteers, so be sure to sign up today!

Free CTA (Certified Tourism Ambassador) Class

Saturday, August 17th from 12-3PM
ArtPrize Offices, 41 Sheldon BLVD SE

Become a Certified Tourism Ambassador. This official industry designation is presented by Experience Grand Rapids on behalf of the nationwide Tourism Ambassador Institute®.

Experience Grand Rapids has generously offered to host this class for FREE for ArtPrize volunteers. To sign up, choose the ArtPrize volunteer session when signing up online at the link below: https://www.ctanetwork.com/app/

More instructions on how to sign up are listed on the website. This is optional for all ArtPrize volunteers.

Accessibility and Inclusion Traning with ACT

Monday, August 19th from 6-7 pm
ArtPrize Offices, 41 Sheldon Blvd SE

Join the ArtPrize staff and ACT (Artists Creating Together) for a 1-hour training session on accessibility and inclusion in the arts. Together we will learn how we can better provide ALL individuals access to arts experiences by enhancing environments and welcoming individuals of all abilities.

Exploring Cultural Competency

Wednesday, August 28th from 6-7 PM
ArtPrize Offices, 41 Sheldon Blvd SE

Join Wordwell Global and ArtPrize staff to explore the basics of understanding cultural competency and learn how we can all improve the way we serve the local community through our work.

DisArt: DisTopia Podcast

A special edition of DisArt’s DisTopia podcast created specifically for ArtPrize Volunteers. Transcripts coming soon.

Eligibility

Anyone can volunteer for Project 1! All you have to do is apply online and sign up for shifts here. Volunteers under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.

How to Prepare

We want to make sure you can make the most out of your volunteer experience. Below is more information on how you can prepare for your volunteer shifts and what you can expect throughout your volunteer experience.

What do I need to know?

Be sure to attend a volunteer training session and read through the whole Project 1 website, paying close attention to the exhibition and learn tabs at the top of the page. This volunteer page is also a must-read! Exploring these pages will provide you more insight into the Project 1 theme, artists, site locations, events, and educational programming.

Where should I check in?

When you signed up for your shift on volunteer hub, the event details contained information about where to check-in. We like to make it simple! You will also receive a reminder email 3 days before your shift with more information about where to check-in. 

What should I bring with me?

Be sure to dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring your Project 1 volunteer t-shirt, which you can pick up at your orientation session. We will have a volunteer badge for you when you check in for your shift. We ask that you wear your volunteer t-shirt and volunteer badge during all volunteer shifts. 

Bringing a snack and a refillable water bottle is also a great idea! We will have a place for you to store all of your personal items at our volunteer hospitality spaces located at the back of each visitor kiosk.

Volunteer Perks

You’ve shared your time and enthusiasm with us, so we’d like to give back to you too. Below are some of the perks of being an ArtPrize volunteer.

Free Metro Pass

The ArtPrize Volunteer Program is happy to provide a free bus pass to volunteers by request. Please email Katherine at katherine@artprize.org by Friday, August 23 to request a pass.

Project 1 Volunteer Shirts

Everyone who volunteers during project 1 will get a volunteer exclusive t-shirt to wear during their volunteer shifts. These can be picked up at an orientation session or prior to your volunteer shift at a Visitor Kiosk.

5th + 10th Shift Gifts

The more you volunteer, the sweeter the perks! Volunteer 5, 10 or more shifts and score some swag from Pantone.

Special Events

The Skywalk Strolling Happy Hour

Join us on September 12 from 5-7 pm at the JW Marriott for an exclusive strolling happy hour celebrating Project 1 by ArtPrize. Explore the colorfully wrapped skywalks by artist Amanda Browder. This badge is your ticket to enjoy signature cocktails and hors d’œuvres.

Project 1 by ArtPrize Volunteer Appreciation Party

More Info TBD

Exclusive perks for Project 1 Circle and Honda Hopper Volunteers

Volunteer with either of these groups and get a special Project 1 lapel pin.

10 % OFF purchase of Project 1 Merchandise

Coming Soon

Special Discounts at participating local resturants

Reserve
20% off discount. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or special promotions (e.g. it will not be valid for happy hour.) 20% gratuity added to the bill prior to discount.

San Chez Bistro
Buy one get one breakfast Monday-Friday. 50% off a bottle of wine Friday-Sunday.

Roam
Buy one get one breakfast Monday-Friday. 50% off a bottle of wine Friday-Sunday.

Grain Sandwich Shop
20% off meal. In-house only. 1 discount per person, per day. Not valid with any other specials or offers, see store for full details.

Hall Street Bakery
“Buy One Get One” on any made-to-order breakfast, lunch, or dinner item of equal or lesser value. Dine-in only. Excludes beverages and alcohol.

ArtPrize Volunteer Scholarship

The ArtPrize Volunteer Program, along with Lake Michigan Credit Union, is offering two $500 scholarships to a high school or college student volunteering during Project 1.

Applicants must be current ArtPrize volunteers and enrolled or planning to enroll in college or university within 24 months. The winning applicants will be selected by the ArtPrize staff and a committee of volunteers. Selection criteria will be based on application question responses as well as the number of hours volunteered

The winning applicant will be announced at the Project 1 by ArtPrize Volunteer Appreciation Party. Date and time TBD.