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Calling all Street Managers!

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-by Joanie Fraver

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The 52nd Corn Hill Arts Festival is scheduled for the weekend of July 11th and 12th and will be here before you know it! This is a call for some additional Festival street managers for the festival weekend.

The first volunteering my husband and I did when we moved into the neighborhood was as Festival street managers. We fully embraced our duties and had a ball, meeting the most amazing people and acting as the “face” of the Festival to our visiting artists and the thousands of people we helped with directions and information. My husband Pete even created his own unique spin on the street manager position and has served as the “map guy” at the corner of South Fitzhugh and Adams Street ever since! I‘ve been involved in many Festival responsibilities, but I still feel that being a street manager is the best job of the weekend.

Street managers are the first Festival officials the artists meet. Artists rely on them to answer questions about Festival procedures, site location, places to eat, and just for friendly conversation about the area and neighborhood. Artists repeatedly cite our street managers as what makes our Festival so 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.

Each street manager team is assigned to one street section of approximately 30-40 artists. The job starts Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. (earlier for those available) through 7:00 p.m., as street managers greet arriving artists, deliver informational packets, help with site location and answer any questions.

This effort continues Saturday morning beginning about 7:00 a.m., as the rest of the artists arrive. Periodically, street managers check with their artists to see if any help or bathroom breaks may be needed. 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 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 drive in, pack up and leave.

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.

This is a unique opportunity to become an indispensable part of the weekend, get to know your neighbors, and meet the artists up close. It is well worth the required effort. You will be busy, but you will also have time to enjoy the Festival. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Joanie Fraver at 943-1634, via email at [email protected] or call the CHNA office at 262-3412 to leave your name and contact information.