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FESTIVAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS are volunteer leaders who support event planning and operations. Committee membership requires a more significant time commitment throughout the year to help shape decisions and selections for the Festival. They also receive special perks identifying and celebrating them as committed Festival committee members. To join a committee, please email sah@salina.org with the committee you are interested in, and we will put you in touch with the appropriate staff member.

Desired traits for all committee members include:

All Festival volunteers and committee members must be 12 years and older and 16 and older to operate a golf cart. Volunteers need to purchase admission to get into the park. If a volunteer cannot afford admission, generous underwriters have provided admission through the Festival Families First program. https://www.riverfestival.com/attend/#admission

If you are interested in joining a Festival Committee, please email sah@salina.org or call 785-309-5770.


Craft Demonstration Committee

Craft demonstration committee memebers provide assistance and hospitality to demonstration artists.

Estimated Time Committment: approx. 15 hours
Throughout the year: N/A
During Festival weekend: 12-16 hours

Desired traits: enthusiasm, attentive, detail-oriented with good supervision and task management skills, ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs; accommodations can be made as needed

Committee members have the opportunity to:


Art Patron & Art Show East Committee  

Art patron & art show east committee members plan and execute the art patron
program and PREMIERE party + breakfast and provide assistance and hospitality to approximately 70 artists.

Estimated time commitment: approx. 16 hours
Throughout the year: 2-4 hours
During Festival weekend: 12 hours

Desired traits: enthusiasm, attentive, detail-oriented with good supervision and task management skills, ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs; accommodations can be made as needed

Committee members have the opportunity to:


Art Show West Committee

Art Show West Committee members provide assistance and hospitality to approximately 50 artists.         

Estimated time commitment: approx. 12 hours
Throughout the year:  N/A
During Festival weekend: 9-12 hours

Desired traits: enthusiasm, attentive, detail-oriented with good supervision and task management skills, ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs; accommodations can be made as needed

Committee members have the opportunity to:


Ambassadors Committee

Arts Ambassadors provide hospitality services to artists.

Estimated time commitment: approx. 9 hours
Throughout the year:  3-5 hours in April and July
During Festival weekend: 4 – 5 hours

Desired traits: supervision and task management skills, enthusiasm, organization skills, ability to carry drink thermos, cups, and drink condiments

Committee members have the opportunity to:


Entertainment Committee

The entertainment committee reviews entertainment options for the Festival’s four live stages and roving performers. They assist and review selected performers at the Festival and report back to the coordinator.

Estimated time commitment: approx. 13 hours
Throughout the year:  4-7 hours
During Festival weekend: 5-6 hours

Desired traits: social and cultural awareness and attention to entertainment that is representative of the community’s interest

Committee members have the opportunity to:


Food Committee

Food committee members select food vendor options for the Festival. They assist onsite vendors, review performance/product, and report to the coordinator.

Estimated time commitment: approx. 20 – 27 hours
Throughout the year:  5-7 hours
During Festival weekend: 3-4 hours per day, starting Wednesday

Desired traits: love of food, good communication skills, a people person, a fast thinker for problem-solving

Committee Members have the opportunity to:


Hospitality Committee

Hospitality provides a place for artists, vendors, and entertainers to relax in an air-conditioned trailer with snacks and drinks. It also serves as the Festival Headquarters for staff and volunteers.

Estimated time commitment: approx. 12 hours
Throughout the year:  3-6 hours
During Festival weekend: 3-6 hours

Desired traits: enthusiasm, good listening and communication skills, ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs; accommodations can be made as needed

Committee members have the opportunity to:


Artyopolis Committee

Artyopolis provides a place for children to be creative, and volunteers are needed to refill supplies and assist children with craft projects and playing free games.

Estimated time commitment: approx. 15 hours
Throughout the year:  2-3 hours
During Festival weekend: 9-12 hours total Friday – Sunday.

Desired traits: enjoy working with children, planning activities

Committee members have the opportunity to: