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ArtFest Fort Myers

County: Lee
Categories Computer/Technology
Marketing/PR/Event Planning
Details: ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts and cultural organization whose mission is the creation of pubic access to a broad array of visual art; nurturing the development and understanding of diverse art forms; supporting arts in education and encouraging the appreciation of the arts in Southwest Florida. Producing the annual Fort Myers art festival, centered around a Juried Fine Art Show, is our core activity. ArtFest Fort Myers is 9 years old, takes place the first weekend in February each year, is free to the public, brought 50,000 attendees to downtown Fort Myers in 2008, featuring 208 exhibiting artists, performing arts, interactive art activities, a showcase for other art organizations, a high school art exhibit/competition with cash/scholarship awards, sends festival artists to middle schools to teach for a day, and provides grant opportunities for elementary school art teachers.
Job Description: ArtFest Fort Myers has several options for interns and volunteers. Internships can accommodate a flexible 4 - 12 hours per week, beginning in the fall, with a festival weekend (Feb. 6, 7, & 8, 2009) 8 hour days preferred. Opportunities are also available for students interested in earning 30 hours, or less, over festival weekend. Please contact our office for detailed information/position descriptions for the following:

Communications Intern
The Communications Intern is responsible for a variety of day-to-day Public Relations duties in the ArtFest Fort Myers festival office. She/he will work closely with the Assistant Festival Director and Festival Director to insure that all information related to art festival activities is disbursed to the media in a highly professional manner. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, updating/distribution of Press Releases and assisting in the creation of "Public Events", creating our on line image, soliciting in-kind donations, and development and updating of festival publications/materials.

Event Team Intern
The Event Team Intern joins an exciting group that is responsible for working together to create Fort Myers largest two-day outdoor festival. Team members will work closely with the Assistant Festival Director and Festival Director to insure that all pre-event information related to art festival activities is prepared and disseminated in a highly professional manner, and be very involved in the behind the scenes logistics of this event. Duties and responsibilities include organizing and collating all necessary materials for Artists, Steering Committee and Volunteers, Sponsor Service coordination, Vendor/City Support coordination and Block Captain team support.

Festival Weekend Volunteers
Opportunities are varied and hours can range from a 4 hour shift to a full 40 hour week. Duties vary from behind the scenes operations to supporting one of our many on site weekend activities and can often be tailored to the students interests/studies.
Times of Work: Weekdays daytime, Weekends daytime
Primary Contact: Ms. Jeanne Seehaver
2443 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Fax: 239-332-0883
Phone: 239-768-3602
Secondary Contact: Sharon McAllister
Phone: 239-768-3602
Worker's Comp for Volunteers?: N
Benefits Offered: Hands-on experience in event production, opportunities to meet other industry professionals, opportunities to meet artists from around the country and the world, complimentary commemorative festival t-shirt, and complimentary water and soda over festival weekend
Additional Information: The opportunities to volunteer at ArtFest Fort Myers are varied and on site training is always provided. Our volunteer''s contributions of time and talent to this community event help us to raise money to support arts in education and literacy. We thank our volunteers for making art a priority!

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