To keep SVOS participation fees as low as possible and make this event a success, we rely on artist volunteers. We ask every participating artist to volunteer at least six hours to help make the event the best that it can be. Review the list below and let us know how you can help. This is an excellent way to meet other artists and volunteering with SVOS looks great on your resume.
To volunteer send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try your hand at writing short stories about art and artists that are targeted to the art buying public such as "Understanding Different Art Styles", or "How to Identify Quality Artwork" and other similar topics. These will appear on our web site, in our Facebook posts, in our newsletter to art lovers and maybe even in one of the local newspapers. This will include interviewing (via phone, e-mail, or in person) various artists and writing the "Profile of an Artist" monthly during the year. (More frequently during March and April). Other tasks may include writing ad copy and other content for promotional material. There is a lot of activity in this area so we’re looking for more than one volunteer.
Assist the registration team to help process artists' registration materials.
Working with our list of newspaper contacts, the Advertising coordinator will contact each of the publications chosen for display advertising to coordinate the placement of this year’s SVOS display ads. This position will require coordinating with the SVOS Marketing Manager and one or more of the volunteer graphic designers to ensure that the final, approved copy is delivered to the publication on time for publication and in the required format. Also, this requires coordination with the Executive Directory to insure that payment is made to the publications in advance of each insertion.
Be a part of the SVOS Marketing Team using your graphic design skills to produce print display ads for various local newspapers in the SVOS area. Working with the Marketing Manager, the advertising graphic designers will design the layout of each of the display ads for various newspapers in the SVOS region. Content for the ad will be developed in collaboration with the Marketing Manager.
Working with the Exhibit Manager (and sometimes, the exhibit Juror) coordinate one of the exhibits throughout the year. Many of the exhibits are in the winter or early spring but others are done throughout the year.
Be a part of the SV Talk Art video team.
Support SVOS in marketing their events throughout the year, with strategy and execution of relevant social media placements.
Be a part of the SVOS marketing team by helping execute an effective advertising program for the May Open Studios event.
Help the Marketing and Executive team understand the cost structure of other art related events in the area to ensure that SVOS fees are competitive to other venues.
This job requires several volunteers.
Directory proof readers will review the Artists Directory before the final submission to the printer. This will involve carefully reading the preliminary proof copy of the Artist Directory for accuracy, clarity, spelling, and usability of content by comparing each entry with the information for that artist on the SVOS web site.
In addition, the reviewer will examine images to insure color and clarity are of good quality. Make a list of all discrepancies for the designer and registration manager.
Other proofreaders will be part of the Map Review Team. This task is best done as a team effort to ensure that every open studios site is correctly displayed on the maps. This requires that the team meet for a few hours in early March.
Deliver Artist Directories and Yellow signs to the Artist Pick-up places.
Working from your own home computer using either an Excel Spreadsheet or Internet access, enter various types of information to help the marketing team communicate with art lovers.
This work can be done at your convenience during the period between November and March.
Provide a location in your neighborhood where nearby artists can come at various times (established by you) to collect the directories and yellow signs that they will need for their open studios site.