Volunteers, Let Us Answer Your Questions

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I am traveling from out of town. Where should I stay? 
There is a wonderful variety of hotels, B&Bs, inns and other accommodations in Santa Fe, which you can find through any online travel website. You can also view the IFAM Preferred Lodging and Dining Partners at Where to Stay and Eat.

Specifically for IFAM volunteers, we have partnered with the Inn at Santa Fe to offer volunteers a great discount of $119/night for a Queen room. Microwave, refrigerator, flat screen television, full breakfast, and high speed internet access are all included. Rates apply to reservations July 10-15, 2019. Offer ends June 12, 2019.

Click here to book your reservation: Inn at Santa Fe Volunteer Rate

What types of volunteer opportunities exist?
We have over 60 teams of volunteers that contribute to the success of the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe during the second full weekend of July each year, so there are many opportunities to find your best volunteer fit. By far, the largest number of opportunities (approximately 1800 shifts) are for Artist Assistants who work in the booths with the artists to assist with the sales process. Volunteer job descriptions are available here: 2019 Volunteer Position Descriptions.
How do I sign up?

Click here for VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

I am multi-lingual. How can I help?
IFAM | Santa Fe hosts a team of over 130 interpreters. The languages needed for 2019 are French, Hindi, Russian and Spanish.

If you are fluent in other languages, please register as an Artist Assistant, indicate your language skills in the registration form, and you may select an artist from a country where that language is spoken. If future IFAM artists require an interpreter of that language, we will certainly contact you.

For more details about how to be a volunteer interpreter or translator, click here: Volunteer Interpreters

What if I want to volunteer on multiple teams?
You can volunteer for multiple team as long as your shift times do not conflict. Please register for one team, then email us at volunteer@folkartmarket.org so we can add you to additional teams.
Can I volunteer with my friend?
Yes. You can sign up with a friend or partner by finding a shift with two available slots. You and your partner must each register for one of the available shifts using your own  accounts.
PLEASE NOTE: We have staggered Artist Assistant shifts on Sunday to accommodate the busy schedule. If you would like to work the same shift with a friend or relative, email us at volunteer@folkartmarket.org and we will assign you together.
Can I choose the artist I work with?
Some artists may bring their own assistants or request specific volunteers ahead of time. If, after you have registered, the artist’s name does not appear on the “My Schedule” tab in the Volunteer Information Center, this may be the reason. As we get closer to the market and shifts begin to fill, an artist’s name will only appear if they have open shifts. Otherwise, all artists with open shifts appear on the “My Schedule” page and you can sign up for open shifts.

Depending on the number of shifts that remain open as of July 1, we may opt to close self-selection and our staff will assign you to a particular artist. This will be posted on the registration page.

What should I bring with me to my volunteer shift?
Average temperatures in Santa Fe in July range in the mid-80s. July is also the “monsoon” season for northern New Mexico, during which afternoon rains are common. We recommend bringing a backpack with a reusable water bottle, adequate food for the amount of time you’ll be away from home, chapstick, sun protection such as a hat and sunblock, and a poncho or umbrella.

If you are volunteering on Friday night, you should also bring a flashlight. Your shift will end after dark outside, and parking lots may have inadequate lighting.

If you want to shop at the market, bring cash, checks or credit card. There is an ATM on site. Wear comfortable shoes.

And come prepared to have fun and make new friends!

Should I bring food with me?
The Market provides snacks for the volunteers.

The volunteer hospitality tent (in the lower lot where the shuttle drops off volunteers) offers snacks (healthy and sweet) and coffee. The Volunteer Hospitality Team will also deliver snacks to volunteers in public Market areas twice each day in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Food will be provided for volunteers in the volunteer hospitality tent prior to the Friday night shift between 4-5 p.m.

Meals can be purchased at the International Food Bazaar or Museum Café before or after your shift. We recommend that volunteers with special dietary needs or food sensitivities bring their own food.

Where can I store my personal belongings?
There is no secure storage for personal items such as handbags, so please keep this in mind as you decide what to bring with you. The best solution for storing your water bottle, sunblock, and other personal items is a fanny pack or a backpack.
Are there volunteer benefits?
We are extremely grateful for your help producing the largest folk art market of its kind!

Volunteers receive:

  • A commemorative Market t-shirt and folk art thank-you gift
  • Free admission to the Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • A dedicated volunteer shuttle to bring you to and from Museum Hill
  • A volunteer hospitality tent with snacks, refreshment & relaxation

On top of all that, it’s an unparalleled and unique volunteer experience where the world comes to Santa Fe! Hear some of our past volunteers describe their experience – Volunteering at the International Folk Art Market

Can I shop?
Volunteers have free admission during general admission hours on Saturday (10:00am-5:30pm) and Sunday (9:00am-5:00pm). We hope you will shop, but expect that you will respect a few simple rules:

  • If you are scheduled to work the Friday Market Opening Party or the Saturday Early Bird Market, please understand that these are paid shopping experiences, and you may not purchase items before or during your shift.
  • You may not shop during your shift. We are depending on you to stay at your station for your entire shift. Please allow yourself time before or after your shift for shopping.
  • Do not ask an artist to sell items directly to you with cash, to sell you items before the Market begins on Friday evening, or to “hold” any items for you.

We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you sign up for Express Pay in advance. This will expedite your shopping experience. Sign up here: EXPRESS PAY

Who can tell me about my specific volunteer responsibilities?
You can click here for 2019 Volunteer Position Descriptions Additionally, the team leader/volunteer chair for your area can provide you with more information about your duties, required skills, training, and shift schedule. If you don’t know who your volunteer chair is email volunteer@folkartmarket.org
I’m registered, how do I know my shift?
You can view, edit or cancel shifts by logging into the VOLUNTEER INFORMATION CENTER

Need instructions? How to Use the Volunteer Information Center (VicNet)

You will also receive email reminders 48 hours prior to each scheduled shift. If you are an Artist Assistant those reminder emails will contain your booth number and artist name.

How do I get my volunteer t-shirt and name badge?
Information about volunteer shirt and badge pick-up will be posted here in mid-May.

You can also get your t-shirt and badge when you arrive on Museum Hill at the volunteer tent beginning Friday morning, July 12. In order to pick up your badge on Museum Hill, you must arrive via the volunteer Shuttle, as you will not be able to get in through the main market entrance without your badge. You DO NOT need your badge or t-shirt to ride the volunteer shuttle. Please plan to ARRIVE on the Hill 30 minutes prior to the start of your shift to pick up your badge at the volunteer tent, allow time for a bag check by security and to get to your volunteer location on time. This means being in the volunteer shuttle lot at the Montoya Building (in front of the clinic) at the intersection of St. Francis & Cordova 60 mins prior to your shift.

Can I be reimbursed for my expenses?
We cannot pay for or reimburse volunteer travel expenses.

Some volunteer expenses can be itemized as tax deductions. (Consult your tax professional for details.) If you require a letter of service as proof of performance, email us at volunteer@folkartmarket.org

I’m a volunteer, how do I get to Museum Hill? Where do I park? What if I need ADA access to the Hill?
There are free parking lots for volunteer parking Thursday – Sunday during the event. Click here for maps and directions.

A dedicated volunteer shuttle brings you to and from volunteer check-in area on Museum Hill. We aspire for a 20 minute turnaround from parking lots to Market it doesn’t always happen during shift transition times. Please allow 30-60 minutes prior to the start of your volunteer shift for parking, taking the shuttle, security check, and badge pick-up.  For Parking questions, particularly those related to ADA access to the Market email parking@folkartmarket.org.


Volunteer questions can be emailed to volunteer@folkartmarket.org