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The 2023 Whyte Avenue Art Walk will take place July 7-9, 2023 and we can’t wait!

We’re hoping that most of our volunteers are ready to participate in our outdoor extravaganza once again. More specific information about volunteering will be posted closer to the event. In the meantime, here are some of the opportunities from 2022.

Volunteer Opportunities

7-10 am setup shifts: Volunteers will help direct traffic as artists park and unload, provide parking information if required, and help set up street signage. Artists set up between 7 am and 10 am, we want to help make this run as smoothly as possible, while keeping everyone safe. You are not required to help artists unload, as most will bring their own help. There might be circumstances where you see an artist struggling and it is appropriate to help. Many artists will unload and leave to park their vehicle, so we do our best to keep an eye on their gear.

9 am – 1 pm shifts: Volunteers on this shift might help with putting out signage, but the primary focus will be on the promenade. Volunteers are assigned to a zone for the duration of the shift and stroll the zone, sit for artists who need a washroom break or make a run for food. You will not sell art, rather, you’ll let patrons know when to expect the artist to return, perhaps offer them an artist card. Artists will either flag you down, or text me to request help. I’ll text you to ask if you’re free to sit for an artist and share the location.

1 pm – 5:15 pm shifts: The primary focus will be on the promenade. The responsibilities are similar to the morning shift. Volunteers on this shift might be asked to help bring street signage back to volunteer central.

Pre-festival: Art Walk engages with Whyte Avenue businesses prior to the festival, and just before the festival we put up posters throughout the neighbourhood. We are required to drop event notices off at affected businesses as a reminder of Art Walk, as well as to inform new businesses. We do this in the month before the festival and again in the week before. I always partake in this activity and we do it together, usually hopscotching businesses as a team. I schedule these days for agreeable weather and work with volunteers to schedule a time that works for everyone.

Questions? You can email me at: yeg.artwalk@gmail.com

For those of you who didn’t participate last year, we are using the Better Impact system for signup. This interface is used by many of Edmonton’s major festivals, so some of you will be familiar with it and already have an account. It gives volunteers more flexibility to choose, add, or change shifts. Let’s not kid ourselves; it also makes scheduling communication, and volunteer management more fluid and efficient. The system requires you to create a personal account at myImpactPage, and once you are registered and approved you will receive a message letting you know to return to your dashboard and choose your shifts. It’s that simple!

To learn more about shift duties, cancellation policy and to apply to volunteer: CLICK HERE 

Got Questions? Please Email our Volunteer Coordinator 

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 VOLUNTEER PROGRAM SPONSORS