VOLUNTEER

Volunteer OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are a vital part of Mount Dora Center for the Arts. If you have ever attended the annual Mount Dora Arts Festival in February, you may wonder how such a large scale event could looks so seamless and smooth. It takes hundreds of of volunteers to set up the infrastructure, coordinate vendors and monitor traffic.  Scroll down and take a look at some of the duties needed to be fulfilled during the festival weekend. Volunteers aren’t only needed for the Arts Festival. There is an ongoing need throughout the year for Instructor Assistants, Event and Gallery Reception hosts, docents, and even general beautification of our property if you like to paint or garden.    If you are interested in volunteering  please email us at info@mdca.org

Volunteer for FUN!

According to Psychology Today, the benefits of socializing through volunteering include better brain function and lower risk for depression and anxiety. You may also improve your immune system. Volunteers do a range of tasks from helping with set up Friday afternoon, vendor load in Sat 6-9AM or Sun 6AM-9AM & anytime during the event. Tasks may include monitoring parking lots, directing traffic, manning the INFO booth, booth sitting and other light tasks. Volunteers get event T shirts, get lunch from local restaurants during the event & are treated to a THANK YOU party after the event.

Volunteer Exchange for Space at the Mount Dora Arts Festival

If you have a Not For Profit, Charity group or School organization looking for ways to raise money or bring awareness to your cause at one of our events, there is a way to have a space without paying the booth fee.

To participate at no cost, you need to provide a minimum of 4 volunteers to help with one or more of the following shifts: Friday set up 3PM-dark, Sat 6-9AM; 4-6PM or Sun 6AM-9AM; 4-6PM. Tasks may include monitoring parking lots, directing traffic and or helping exhibitors unload/load to get them out of the event area faster. At least one person needs to attend the mandatory pre-event volunteer meeting.

Volunteer for Student or Community Hours

Some students are required to complete community service hours as part of a class requirement in order to graduate high school or become a member of certain organizations, such as the National Honor Society.

Community service hours can also be logged here if they are ordered by a judge as community restitution.

 

Be a Docent in our gallery

Docents are an integral part of Mount Dora Center for the Arts. They are dynamic, dedicated volunteers with diverse backgrounds who are on hand to educate people about Mount Dora Center for the Arts mission to inspire curiosity, support creativity, and enrich lives through art, exhibits, and education.  No previous teaching or art history experience is required as Docents are updated regularly on upcoming events, gallery exhibits, and new classes. If you are interested in becoming a docent in our gallery or at events, please email us at info@mdca.org

Volunteer Opportunities at the Mount Dora Arts Festival

Volunteer by DAY AVAILABLE

PRESTAGING 1-2 WEEKS BEFORE

  • STUFF ARTIST PACKETS
  • SORT PACKETS IN BOXES
  • GET FROM SHED OR GATHER- SIGNS, DONATION BOXES, TABLECLOTHS, CASH BOX, COOLER, POSTERS, MERCH

THURSDAY FEB 3, 2022

SIGNS

  • THURS AFTER 3PM PUT OUT DIRECTIONAL, PARKING LOT, SHUTTLE & CHECK IN SIGNS

FRIDAY FEB 4, 2022

CHECK IN (1ST METHODIST CHURCH)

  • FRI 1PM-7PM GET PACKETS FROM MDCA, SET UP, CHECK IN ARTISTS

MERCHANDISE TABLE (5TH Ave at MDCA)

  • FRI 5PM-6PM SET UP TENT, TABLES & CHAIRS

ARTIST ASSISTANCE

  • FRI 4:30PM- 7PM HELP ARTISTS UNLOAD, SET UP TENTS

 

TRAFFIC CONTROL – SET UP FRIDAY

PARKING LOT

  • 4PM -6PM LOT 1 & 2 (SUNTRUST) MONITOR LOT-NO ARTISTS/DIRECT TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 3 (MDCA @BAKER)/ 5PM-7PM (5TH & BAKER) DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 4 (FIESTA GRANDE @BAKER)/ 5PM-7PM (4TH & BAKER) DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 4A (4TH AVE: BAKER TO TREMAIN)/ 5PM-7PM (4TH & BAKER) DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 6 (DON & 3RD)/ 5PM-7PM (@DON: 3RD TO 4TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 6A (3RD AVE: DON TO BAKER) / 5PM-7PM DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 8 (UPPER GARAGE)/ 5PM-7PM DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 9 (LOWER GARAGE)/ 5PM-7PM (3RD & DONNELLY) TRAFFIC CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 7 (4TH & ALEX)/ 5PM-7PM (4TH & ALEX) TRAFFIC CONTROL
  • 4PM -7PM LOT 10 (EVANS PARK @CHARLES AVE) ONLY LET ARTISTS PARK HERE
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 14 (BEHIND CHAMBER)/ 5PM-7PM (3RD & ALEX) TRAFFIC CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 12 (6TH AVE: ALEX TO DON)/ 5PM-7PM TRAFFIC CONTROL (UPPER DON)
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 13 (6TH AVE: DON TO BAKER)/ 5PM-7PM TRAFFIC CONTROL (ENTRY D)
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 15(5TH AVE: MCDONALD TO ALEX)/ 5PM-7PM TRAFFIC CONTROL (5TH & ALEX)
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 18 (7TH AVE: ALEX TO DON)/ 5PM-7PM TRAFFIC CONTROL (ENTRY D)

INTERSECTIONS

  • 4PM -7PM ENTRY M & A (7TH & ALEX) TRAFFIC CONTROL
  • 4PM -7PM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (6TH & ALEX)
  • 4PM -7PM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (5TH & ALEX)
  • 4PM -7PM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (5TH & MCDONALD)
  • 4PM -7PM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (4TH & ALEX)

ROAMING

  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@DON: 4TH TO 5TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@DON: 5TH TO 6TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@DON: 6TH TO 7TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@ALEX: 3RD TO 5TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@4TH AVE: ALEX TO DON) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@4TH AVE: DON TO BAKER) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@5TH AVE: ALEX TO DON) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@5TH AVE: DON TO BAKER) ARTIST CONTROL

SATURDAY FEB 5, 2022

TRAFFIC CONTROL- SET UP SATURDAY

  • 6AM-8AM MONITOR BARRICADE/TRAFFIC CONTROL ENTRY D
  • 6AM-8AM MONITOR BARRICADE/TRAFFIC CONTROL ENTRY M & A
  • 6AM-8AM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (5TH & ALEX)
  • 6AM-8AM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (5TH & MCDONALD)
  • 6AM-8AM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (4TH & ALEX)
  • 6AM-8AM DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING (INTERSECTIONS)

CHECK IN (1ST METHODIST CHURCH)

  • SAT 6AM-8:30AM CHECK IN ARTISTS, BREAKDOWN, LOCK UP, RETURN ITEMS TO MDCA

INFO BOOTH (5th & Donnelly)

  • SAT 9AM-1PM SET UP TENT, TABLES & CHAIRS
  • SAT 1PM-5PM

MERCHANDISE TABLE (5TH Ave at MDCA)

  • SAT 9AM-1PM SET UP MERCH, SALES
  • SAT 1PM-5PM SALES
  • SUN 9AM-12PM SALES
  • SUN 1PM-4PM SALES, BREAKDOWN

BOOTH SITTERS (Roaming w/signs)

  • SAT 10AM-5PM

SHUTTLE PARKING LOT (Lincoln Ave)

  • SAT 10AM-5PM

ARTIST ASSISTANCE

  • SAT 7AM-8:30AM HELP ARTISTS UNLOAD, SET UP TENTS

 DONATION BOXES (7TH & DONNELLY)

  • SAT 9AM-11AM
  • SAT 11AM-1PM
  • SAT 1PM-3PM
  • SAT 3PM-5PM

DONATION BOXES (5TH & DONNELLY)

  • SAT 9AM-11AM
  • SAT 11AM-1PM
  • SAT 1PM-3PM
  • SAT 3PM-5PM

DONATION BOXES (5TH & BAKER)

  • SAT 9AM-11AM
  • SAT 11AM-1PM
  • SAT 1PM-3PM
  • SAT 3PM-5PM

JUDGES ASSISTANTS (WORK WITH GARY HOPCRAFT)

  • SAT 8:30AM-?

SUNDAY FEB 6, 2022

MERCHANDISE TABLE (5TH Ave at MDCA)

  • SUN 9AM-12PM SALES
  • SUN 1PM-4PM SALES, BREAKDOWN

SIGNS

  • SUN AFTER 1OAM PICKUP DIRECTIONAL, PARKING LOT, & CHECK IN SIGNS
  • SUN AFTER 4PM PICKUP SHUTTLE SIGNS

INFO BOOTH (5th & Donnelly)

  • SUN 9AM-12PM
  • SUN 1PM-4PM BREAKDOWN TENT, TABLES & CHAIRS

BOOTH SITTERS (Roaming w/signs)

  • SUN 10AM-4PM

SHUTTLE PARKING LOT (Lincoln Ave)

  • SUN 10AM-4PM
  • SUN 1PM-4PM

ARTIST ASSISTANCE

  • SUN 4PM-7PM HELP ARTISTS BREAKDOWN, LOAD VEHICLES

DONATION BOXES (7TH & DONNELLY)

  • SUN 9AM-11AM
  • SUN 11AM-1PM
  • SUN 1PM-3PM
  • SUN 3PM-4PM TAKE TO MDCA

DONATION BOXES (5TH & DONNELLY)

  • SUN 9AM-11AM
  • SUN 11AM-1PM
  • SUN 1PM-3PM
  • SUN 3PM-4PM TAKE TO MDCA

DONATION BOXES (5TH & BAKER)

  • SUN 9AM-11AM
  • SUN 11AM-1PM
  • SUN 1PM-3PM
  • SUN 3PM-4PM TAKE TO MDCA

JUDGES ASSISTANTS (WORK WITH GARY HOPCRAFT)

  • SUN 9AM-?

AWARD CEREMONY

  • SUN 8AM GET RIBBONS, CHECKS, ARTIST AND JUDGES PHOTOS, STATEMENTS, W-9’S

ITEM COLLECTION (WORK WITH LYNN JONES)

  • SUN 1PM GATHER ARTIST DONATIONS IN WAGONS

BREAKDOWN SUNDAY

  • 3PM GIVE BREAKDOWN INSTRUCTIONS TO ARTSTS
  • 4PM- ALL CLEAR: MONITOR ENTRY POINTS/ PARKING LOTS

Volunteer by DUTY

PRESTAGING 1-2 WEEKS BEFORE

  • STUFF ARTIST PACKETS
  • SORT PACKETS IN BOXES
  • GET FROM SHED OR GATHER- SIGNS, DONATION BOXES, TABLECLOTHS, CASH BOX, COOLER, POSTERS, MERCH

SIGNS

  • THURS AFTER 3PM PUT OUT DIRECTIONAL, PARKING LOT, SHUTTLE & CHECK IN SIGNS
  • SUN AFTER 1OAM PICKUP DIRECTIONAL, PARKING LOT, & CHECK IN SIGNS
  • SUN AFTER 4PM PICKUP SHUTTLE SIGNS

CHECK IN (1ST METHODIST CHURCH)

  • FRI 1PM-7PM GET PACKETS FROM MDCA, SET UP, CHECK IN ARTISTS
  • SAT 6AM-8:30AM CHECK IN ARTISTS, BREAKDOWN, LOCK UP, RETURN ITEMS TO MDCA

INFO BOOTH (5th & Donnelly)

  • SAT 9AM-1PM SET UP TENT, TABLES & CHAIRS
  • SAT 1PM-5PM
  • SUN 9AM-12PM
  • SUN 1PM-4PM BREAKDOWN TENT, TABLES & CHAIRS

MERCHANDISE TABLE (5TH Ave at MDCA)

  • FRI 5PM-6PM SET UP TENT, TABLES & CHAIRS
  • SAT 9AM-1PM SET UP MERCH, SALES
  • SAT 1PM-5PM SALES
  • SUN 9AM-12PM SALES
  • SUN 1PM-4PM SALES, BREAKDOWN

BOOTH SITTERS (Roaming w/signs)

  • SAT 10AM-5PM
  • SUN 10AM-4PM

SHUTTLE PARKING LOT (Lincoln Ave)

  • SAT 10AM-5PM
  • SUN 10AM-4PM
  • SUN 1PM-4PM

ARTIST ASSISTANCE

  • FRI 4:30PM- 7PM HELP ARTISTS UNLOAD, SET UP TENTS
  • SAT 7AM-8:30AM HELP ARTISTS UNLOAD, SET UP TENTS
  • SUN 4PM-7PM HELP ARTISTS BREAKDOWN, LOAD VEHICLES

 

DONATION BOXES (7TH & DONNELLY)

  • SAT 9AM-11AM
  • SAT 11AM-1PM
  • SAT 1PM-3PM
  • SAT 3PM-5PM
  • SUN 9AM-11AM
  • SUN 11AM-1PM
  • SUN 1PM-3PM
  • SUN 3PM-4PM TAKE TO MDCA

DONATION BOXES (5TH & DONNELLY)

  • SAT 9AM-11AM
  • SAT 11AM-1PM
  • SAT 1PM-3PM
  • SAT 3PM-5PM
  • SUN 9AM-11AM
  • SUN 11AM-1PM
  • SUN 1PM-3PM
  • SUN 3PM-4PM TAKE TO MDCA

DONATION BOXES (5TH & BAKER)

  • SAT 9AM-11AM
  • SAT 11AM-1PM
  • SAT 1PM-3PM
  • SAT 3PM-5PM
  • SUN 9AM-11AM
  • SUN 11AM-1PM
  • SUN 1PM-3PM
  • SUN 3PM-4PM TAKE TO MDCA

JUDGES ASSISTANTS (WORK WITH GARY HOPCRAFT)

  • SAT 8:30AM-?
  • SUN 9AM-?

AWARD CEREMONY

  • SUN 8AM GET RIBBONS, CHECKS, ARTIST AND JUDGES PHOTOS, STATEMENTS, W-9’S

ITEM COLLECTION (WORK WITH LYNN JONES)

  • SUN 1PM GATHER ARTIST DONATIONS IN WAGONS

BREAKDOWN SUNDAY

  • 3PM GIVE BREAKDOWN INSTRUCTIONS TO ARTSTS
  • 4PM- ALL CLEAR: MONITOR ENTRY POINTS/ PARKING LOTS

 

TRAFFIC CONTROL – SET UP FRIDAY

PARKING LOT

  • 4PM -6PM LOT 1 & 2 (SUNTRUST) MONITOR LOT-NO ARTISTS/DIRECT TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 3 (MDCA @BAKER)/ 5PM-7PM (5TH & BAKER) DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 4 (FIESTA GRANDE @BAKER)/ 5PM-7PM (4TH & BAKER) DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 4A (4TH AVE: BAKER TO TREMAIN)/ 5PM-7PM (4TH & BAKER) DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 6 (DON & 3RD)/ 5PM-7PM (@DON: 3RD TO 4TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 6A (3RD AVE: DON TO BAKER) / 5PM-7PM DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 8 (UPPER GARAGE)/ 5PM-7PM DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 9 (LOWER GARAGE)/ 5PM-7PM (3RD & DONNELLY) TRAFFIC CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 7 (4TH & ALEX)/ 5PM-7PM (4TH & ALEX) TRAFFIC CONTROL
  • 4PM -7PM LOT 10 (EVANS PARK @CHARLES AVE) ONLY LET ARTISTS PARK HERE
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 14 (BEHIND CHAMBER)/ 5PM-7PM (3RD & ALEX) TRAFFIC CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 12 (6TH AVE: ALEX TO DON)/ 5PM-7PM TRAFFIC CONTROL (UPPER DON)
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 13 (6TH AVE: DON TO BAKER)/ 5PM-7PM TRAFFIC CONTROL (ENTRY D)
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 15(5TH AVE: MCDONALD TO ALEX)/ 5PM-7PM TRAFFIC CONTROL (5TH & ALEX)
  • 4PM -5PM LOT 18 (7TH AVE: ALEX TO DON)/ 5PM-7PM TRAFFIC CONTROL (ENTRY D)

INTERSECTIONS

  • 4PM -7PM ENTRY M & A (7TH & ALEX) TRAFFIC CONTROL
  • 4PM -7PM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (6TH & ALEX)
  • 4PM -7PM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (5TH & ALEX)
  • 4PM -7PM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (5TH & MCDONALD)
  • 4PM -7PM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (4TH & ALEX)

ROAMING

  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@DON: 4TH TO 5TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@DON: 5TH TO 6TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@DON: 6TH TO 7TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@ALEX: 3RD TO 5TH) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@4TH AVE: ALEX TO DON) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@4TH AVE: DON TO BAKER) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@5TH AVE: ALEX TO DON) ARTIST CONTROL
  • 4PM -5PM VEHICLE REMOVAL / 5PM-7PM (@5TH AVE: DON TO BAKER) ARTIST CONTROL

 

TRAFFIC CONTROL- SET UP SATURDAY

  • 6AM-8AM MONITOR BARRICADE/TRAFFIC CONTROL ENTRY D
  • 6AM-8AM MONITOR BARRICADE/TRAFFIC CONTROL ENTRY M & A
  • 6AM-8AM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (5TH & ALEX)
  • 6AM-8AM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (5TH & MCDONALD)
  • 6AM-8AM GENERAL TRAFFIC CONTROL/ DIRECT ARTISTS (4TH & ALEX)
  • 6AM-8AM DIRECT ARTISTS TO PARKING (INTERSECTIONS)

 

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