Festival of the Arts

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 40 volunteers run camera, audio, video graphics and direct.  In addition to our main stage coverage, we also have a street team that captures the rest of Festival through interviews and exploring all that Festival has to offer.

This opportunity is open to the entire community, all ages 13+ welcome, with several positions available for people with mobility impairments as well.  No experience is necessary.  Staff will be available to offer support and training during your shift.

Available Shifts

Click on the days below to see available shifts and positions.  If you'd like to volunteer, visit our sign up page here.

  • Friday, June 7th
    11:00am - 2:30pm Camera (4)        
      Audio/Graphics
      Street Team (3)
      Director

     

    2:00pm - 5:00pm Camera (4)
      Audio/Graphics
      Street Team (3)
      Director

     

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

     

    7:00pm - 11:00pm Camera (4)
      Audio/Graphics
      Street Team (3)
      Director
  • Saturday, June 8th
    9:00am - 1:00pm Camera (4)      
      Graphics/Audio
      Street Team (3)
      Director

     

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

     

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

     

    7:30pm - 11:00pm Camera (4)       
      Audio/Graphics
      Street Team (3)
      Director
  • Sunday, June 9th
    9:00am - 12:30pm Camera (4)      
      Graphics/Audio
      Street Team (3)
      Director

     

    12:00pm - 3:30pm Camera (4)      
      Audio/Graphics
      Street Team (3)
      Director

     

    3:00pm - 7:00pm                            Camera (3)                             
      Audio/Graphics
      Street Team (3)
      Director

     

    7:00PM - 9:00PM Tear Down Crew (4)


     

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.

  • Street Team

    The GRTV street team will be going out with our handheld cameras and getting man-on-the-street interviews and event coverage beyond the main stage.  This team will be comprised of a camera person, interviewer, and editor.

  • 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 they need 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.

  • Audio Technician

    The audio technician 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.

Volunteer for FOTA

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Photos From Festival