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Artist Assistant

Artist Assistants work directly with artists during the market, and have the opportunity to learn more about their respective cultures and their art work, while playing an integral role in having a successful Market experience.  Artist Assistants work closely with the artists, providing the broadest cultural experience. Work as an AA may be very busy, in a crowded booth, with numerous demands. Ideal Artist Assistants are able to manage noisy conditions, a busy pace, keep shopper purchases organized, and follow the specific instructions necessary to write sales slips. Legible handwriting is required, as the tasks involved in this position require writing sales slips that cashiers will use to enter sales. *Mandatory training is required for all Artist Assistants and is available in person or as video.

Artist Assistants

Booth Set-Up

Booth Set-Up takes place on Friday morning before the Market opens. Help the artists set up their booths, price their products, hang displays, and generally get ready for the shopping later that evening. Booth set-up is not artist-specific. Rather, you are assigned to a Block – a group of booths – and the Block Captain will direct you to the artists who need help. Booth set-up is open to people with all abilities, as some artists will need help applying price tags, for those who can’t lift, while others will need help moving and unpacking boxes.

Booth Set-Up

Cashiers

Cashiers are one of the most important volunteer roles at the Market. Friendly cashiers will use laptop computers to check out  market shoppers from the booths using sales receipts and collect IFAM donations as part of the check-out process. Team Notes: We welcome volunteers to this team who are comfortable handling money, working with electronic point-of-sale systems, and managing a large volume of transactions. *Mandatory in-person training is required for all Cashiers.

Cashiers

Interpreters

Interpreters provide language interpretation for artists during midweek training, International Folk Art Market panel discussions and demonstrations, and during the Market in their booth, all to help the artists tell their story and share information about their work and their culture.

Event Support

ABQ Airport Greeters

Albuquerque Airport Greeters welcome artists at the Albuquerque Sunport in early July. They help collect luggage,  ensure that the artists have encountered no problems, then assist them in getting to the correct shuttle to Santa Fe.
Schedule Notes: Artists begin arriving into Albuquerque up to two weeks before the Market, with the bulk of arrivals happening on the Monday and Tuesday of Market Week. We ask you to indicate your availability on those dates, in 4-hour shifts, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at midnight. Once we have flight information for all arriving artists, we will do our best to match your stated availability with artist flights. Please note that flights may be delayed or changed, so please be flexible. Because shifts are completed prior to the beginning of Market, you may opt to volunteer an additional shift during Market, or just attend the event as a guest.Team Notes: All shifts for this team take place at the ABQ Sunport. Volunteers will need to provide their own transportation to the Sunport. IFAM will endeavor to secure free parking nearby for volunteers.

Airport Greeters

Ambiance Decor

Ambiance Décor volunteers turn Museum Hill into a colorful, bustling global marketplace starting 2-3 weeks before Market. Schedule Notes: Shifts for this team begin in April/May, but the bulk of the work takes place in late June and early July and extends a few days past Market with décor teardown and storage. There are a few limited shifts during the Market, which allows team members to volunteer in other areas or to attend Market events. Signing up for multiple days and for full-day shifts is extremely helpful because of the training involved, but shorter shifts and commitments are also available. Team Notes: This team works outdoors a great deal, and décor tasks may involve lifting up to 10 pounds, using a stepladder, and bending down and /or reaching overhead.

Ambiance Decor

Artist Lunches

Artist Lunches – These volunteers deliver lunches to artists during set-up on Friday and during Market on Saturday and Sunday. Team Notes: Tasks for this team may include maneuvering through busy crowds to reach artists and deliver their box lunches.

Artist Lunches

Bike Valet

Bike Valet volunteers check in and watch over bicycles belonging to guests who have pedaled to the event, returning the bike when the owner comes to pick it up. Scheduling note: This team volunteers on Saturday and Sunday only.

Bike Valet

Booth Supplies

Booth Supplies volunteers provide critical assistance to the Market by packing and distributing supplies that are used by artists and artist assistants to properly display and sell art at the Market. Schedule Notes: This team works a few shifts in May and June, preparing for the Market, then begin return shifts on Thursday – Monday.

Booth Supplies

Children’s Passport Project

Children’s Passport Project volunteers prepare the children for their journey around the world! We help them fill out their passports and explain how to read the maps included in their passport and on display in the booth. We encourage them to visit as many booths as possible where they will receive flag stickers from all the countries represented by the artisans at the Market. The children also receive a list of how to say “Hello” in the languages of the over 150 artists from more than 50 different countries. We invite the children to return to our booth at the end of their trip where they’ll share their knowledge and receive a token of appreciation. The journey taps into a child’s natural curiosity about the world and the people who share it. It’s an experience they’ll never forget!

Children’s Passport

Green Team

Green Team volunteers meet artists on Friday and Keep the Market Green by promoting and supporting recycling of shipping and storage containers. They are the friendly faces the artists meet as they are setting up and packing away their booths.

Green Team

Handypersons

Handyperson volunteers help make the artists’ booths retail-ready by hanging mirrors and delivering garment racks that these volunteers also help assemble. Duties might include attaching screws so artists can hang their work, moving tables and lifting boxes. Schedule Notes: This team has volunteer shifts from Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12. Team Notes: We ask these team members to bring a set of basic tools along for their shifts.

Handypersons

Market Hosts

Market Host volunteers make sure that attendees make their way into and out of the market as seamlessly and comfortably as possible.  As such, volunteers should have outgoing personalities and be physically able to move between positions in order to assist patrons, ensure their safety and solve any problems.  Market Host volunteers need to be willing to spend time ahead of the market training either in person or by phone to ensure they are knowledgeable about how patrons enter the market and how they exit to avoid confusion.

Market Hosts

Market Signs

Market Signs volunteers work before the Market to assemble and install signs, and after the Market to take down and inventory signs. The pre- and post-Market schedule means that nearly all of the Market signs volunteers will be able to shop or to volunteer for other positions during the Market. Many volunteers will be needed only during dedicated pre-Market weekend workdays. This team needs volunteers who are somewhat agile and relatively fit. Activity includes moving from station to station, climbing a step-ladder to attach signs (and later detach then), performing basic handiwork – tying knots, inserting signs into holders, etc. Minimal lifting. Most shifts will be inside a tent or under a roof; a few tasks may be done outdoors in the sun.

Market Signs

Water Team

Water Team volunteers help keep both artists and Market visitors hydrated by providing water at the Market’s five free water kiosks. This is a great position for energetic and friendly people who like to work with others, and pride themselves on providing excellent customer service.

Water Team

Community Celebration

Volunteering as a Sign Carrier is an exciting way to welcome IFAM artists to Santa Fe and meet people from around the world. Volunteers for this team accompany artists and carry their country signs during the Artist Procession portion of the Community Celebration.  Upon arrival, students will check in to receive their country and sign assignment. If they have not already done so, they will receive their volunteer shirt and name badge, and are asked to wear both during the procession.  As a volunteer, students receive free admission on Market Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, students receive 2 free tickets to Sunday Market to attend the event with family. Schedule Notes: This team volunteers for 1 day only – Thursday, July 9.

Community Celebration