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Calling all Street Managers!

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-by Joanie Fraver

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It’s not too early to start thinking about July (warmth!) and the Corn Hill Arts Festival. The 51st Corn Hill Arts Festival is scheduled for the weekend of July 13th and 14th and will be here before you know it!

Volunteers are needed again for the important festival job of Street Manager. Street managers are the first and sometimes the only Festival Official the artists meet. Artists rely on them to answer questions about Festival procedures, site location, where to eat, etc., to spot them for bathroom breaks and just for friendly conversation about the area and the neighborhood. Artists repeatedly cite our street managers as a feature that makes our Festival so welcoming and unique.

Sunshine Artist magazine has consistently rated the Corn Hill Arts Festival among the top 200 shows in the country, and we receive high marks from artists for the assistance our street managers provide.

Working in pairs, each street manager team is assigned to one street section of approximately 30-40 artists. The street managers’ job starts Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. (earlier Friday afternoon for those who are available) through about 7:00 p.m., when street managers greet the artists as they arrive, deliver important informational packets, help them locate their sites and answer any questions.

This effort continues Saturday morning beginning about 7:00 a.m., when the rest of the artists arrive. Periodically during the day, street managers check with their artists to see if they need any help, bathroom breaks, or have any questions or concerns. Street managers also act as the “eyes” and “ears” of the weekend, helping to keep the event fun and safe for everyone. When the Festival closes at 6:00 p.m., street managers help direct traffic and keep order on their street. This activity is usually concluded by 7:00 p.m.

The process repeats itself on Sunday, although since the booths are already set up, street managers are only needed in their assigned areas from 8:00 a.m. until about 9:30 a.m. Most volunteers continue to work the better part of the day because they enjoy it and derive real pleasure from the assistance they give. The Festival closes on Sunday at 5:00 p.m., and street managers again help keep order on their streets while the artists pack up.

Every street manager receives training, wears special “Street Manager” Festival shirts and carries a two-way radio for easy contact with any member of the Festival Management Team.

Previous street managers confirm what a unique opportunity this is to become an indispensable part of the weekend, get to know your neighbors, and meet the artists up close. You will be busy, but you will also have time to enjoy the Festival. I will be contacting past street managers soon but If you are interested in this opportunity to volunteer as an individual, a couple, or as part of a team, please contact Joanie Fraver at 943-1634, by email at [email protected] or call the CHNA office at 262-3412 to leave your name and number.

Don’t miss out on a great job that is part of a great weekend experience. Become a street manager!