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February 03, 2016

Seeking Volunteers to Help with our Annual Showcase and Conference

ArtStarts Showcase and Conference 2016

ArtStarts in Schools is seeking enthusiastic, hard-working, community-minded individuals to assist with our annual Showcase Conference.

The ArtStarts Showcase and Conference is Western Canada's most important performing arts showcase and conference for arts programmers interested in booking performances for young audiences. Conceived over 20 years ago by a group of educators, the ArtStarts Showcase and Conference has evolved in response to the needs of young people's arts programming.

This year's event offers many opportunities to experience the arts, engage with delegates and artists, and explore how you can take action to activate learning for young people. Delegates can look forward to hearing an inspiring keynote address, watching sample performances by over 30 showcasing artists, and participating in a variety of activities.

Skills and Experience

  • Eager and motivated to learn and gain experience in event coordination
  • Organized and able to handle time-sensitive tasks
  • Comfortable working with large groups of people in a fast-paced environment
  • Enthusiastic and interested in being an active member of the arts in BC
  • Able to dedicate at least 4 hours/day between February 28 and March 1, 2015

Benefits and Recognition

  • All volunteers will be provided with a complimentary lunch during the loading day, lunch and snacks during the two conference days and will be invited to our wrap-up dinner on March 1st at ArtStarts in Schools.
  • We will also require a mandatory 1-hour orientation session on the week of February 22.
  • Volunteers' names will be included in our Annual Report.

Deliverables and Duties

  • Help with preparation of conference materials, packages and support on the set up of the different spaces (ArtStarts in Schools and Orpheum Annex).
  • Assist with multiple events: delegate registration table, catering, performances, student audiences, reception, contact room.
  • Provide support to Stage Manager and crew.
  • Provide support with Front of House in theatre.
  • Support with organization and in-take of delegates, artists and students.
  • Provide catering assistance with lunch and coffee service.

Other Requirements

  • Serving-it-Right certificate for some volunteer positions.

About ArtStarts in Schools

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. ArtStarts envisions a society where the arts are regarded as an essential part of educating young people and a catalyst for creating innovative, engaged and contributing members of society.

Apply Today!

For more information or to apply, please contact Juliana Bedoya 604-336-0626 ext 105 or

If you are interested, please download our Showcase 2016 Volunteer Application form. (Note: please download this PDF form, then fill it out digitally indicating your availability. Use the command "save as" to save the file with your name and submit it along with your resume to


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