Every summer, GRTV broadcasts the Festival of the Arts live from downtown Grand Rapids on Comcast Cable Channel 24.  How do we do this?

With your help!

Over the course of one weekend, more than 30 volunteers run camera, audio, video graphics and direct.  And don't worry if you don't know how, we'll show you.

Available Shifts

If you'd like to volunteer for a shift you see below, please fill out the form on this page or contact GRTV at (616)459-4788.

  • Friday, June 3rd
    10:00am - 2:00pm Camera (3)        
      Audio/Graphics
      Director

     

    1:30pm - 5:00pm Camera (3)
      Audio/Graphics
      Director

     

    4:30pm - 8:00pm Camera (3)     
      Audio/Graphics
      Director

     

    7:30pm - 11:00pm Camera (3)
      Audio/Graphics
      Director
  • Saturday, June 4th
    8:30am - 1:00pm Camera (3)      
      Graphics/Audio
      Director

     

    12:30pm - 4:30pm Camera (3)      
      Audio/Graphics
      Director

     

    4:00pm - 7:30pm                           Camera (3)                          
      Audio/Graphics
      Director

     

    7:00pm - 11:00pm Camera (3)       
      Audio/Graphics
      Director
  • Sunday, June 5th
    8:30am - 1:00pm Camera (3)      
      Graphics/Audio
      Director

     

    12:30pm - 4:30pm Camera (3)      
      Audio/Graphics
      Director

     

    4:00pm - 8:00pm                            Camera (3)                             
      Audio/Graphics
      Director

Volunteer Positions Include

Your job as a camera person is to follow the action on stage with the camera, trying to keep your camera shot looking as good as possible.  Camera 1 and 3 are positioned to the left and right of the stage on 6 foot scaffolding.  Camera 2 will be located straight back on a scissor lift about 20ft in the air.  Camera 4 will be a roaming camera in front of the stage or getting behind the scenes footage.

  • Camera

    Your job as a camera person is to follow the action on stage with the camera, trying to keep your camera shot looking as good as possible.  Camera 1 and 3 are positioned to the left and right of the stage on 6 foot scaffolding.  Camera 2 will be located straight back on a scissor lift about 20ft in the air.  Camera 4 will be a roaming camera in front of the stage or getting behind the scenes footage.

  • Graphics/Audio

    The graphics/audio position will be right next to the director—seated inside the GRTV tent.  This position will be responsible for two main things.  First, monitoring the audio feed and bringing in the audience noise microphones at the beginning and end of a performance.  Secondly, they will be checking the graphics for errors or inconsistencies and then sending them to the director at the appropriate times.

  • Director

    The director will be coordinating with the camera volunteers and the graphics/audio volunteer to produce the best show possible.  They will be switching between camera shots, letting cameras know what shots he needs them to get, double checking graphics, and communicating between the GRTV staff person and volunteers to make sure everyone has enough water, snacks and coordinating breaks.

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Volunteer for FOTA

Photos From Festival