Information for Volunteers
Greetings, Cultural Ambassadors
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the National Black Arts Festival. The National Black Arts Festival celebrates and promotes the art and culture of the African Diaspora through year-round programming and a summer festival in venues throughout Atlanta. Just as music, dance, film and literature are essential elements of art and culture, the time, talent, energy and enthusiasm of more than 200 volunteers are just as critical to the Festival’s success.
Volunteers are essential to every area of the Festival so whether you have a little or a lot of time to share, there is a place for your talents at the National Black Arts Festival. Flexible hours, evenings and weekends are available and we’ll help you tailor a volunteer opportunity to fit your schedule. Visit one of our orientation sessions to learn more.
General Volunteer Information
How to become a Volunteer
In order to volunteer for the NBAF you must attend an orientation. Orientations are held on Saturdays @ 2pm, beginning in May. There are no exceptions. Teenagers 16 and older may volunteer. Children under 16 must be accompanied by their parent or guardian to volunteer. Volunteers are encouraged to invite friends or family members to volunteer with them.
Volunteers are asked to wear solid white top and solid black bottom. If you are volunteering outside, hat and sunscreen is suggested. You may wear black shorts or skirts. Comfortable shoes are a must. No jeans, under shirts/tank tops, jean, flip flops, if you are unsure, please ask. If you are wearing inappropriate attire, you will not be able to volunteer.
All Volunteers must wear their festival ID badges at all times during their shift. Remove badge if you are not volunteering and attending an event. Badges will be distributed at the festival’s main venue.
No provisions are available to secure personal belongings.
Fanny packs are recommended.
Volunteer Positions Available but not limited to
Information Booth, Office Support, Ticket Handler, Usher, Production Assistance, Stage Security, Membership, Host/Hostess
9am-1pm, 1pm-5pm, 5pm-10pm (may vary due to assignment)
The festival does not pay for parking. Most venues are at free parking locations or deck parking. All venues are accessible to MARTA. www.itsmarta.com 404-848-5000
We have directions to each venue. We urge you to familiarize yourself with the transportation requirements and the venue set up long before your event. If you can’t go before your assigned date and time give yourself extra time to get there on the day of your shift.
Most of our main venues have been assigned a Volunteer Team Lead. This person will be your main contact for your assigned event. They will confirm your scheduled date and time with you for their venue location only. They will be the person on site who will explain your assignment.
Keith Hill, Volunteer Coordinator KeithKNOWS2003@yahoo.com
Herald Hollingshed, Associate Volunteer Coordinator Shed1@comcast.net