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Join the Creative Arts Team

Become a Volunteer or Demonstrator

Volunteer Form

Become Part of It!

The Creative Arts Department could not function without all its volunteers and demonstrators and we are always in need of more to make our fair a success. We have volunteer opportunities appropriate for people of all ability levels, before, during and after the fair. As a volunteer, you may earn one day tickets to The Big E fair, be invited to our annual volunteer trip, and potluck dinner. Join us to meet new people and learn something new!

The Creative Arts Ambassador

September 14-30. 4 hour shifts between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm

The volunteer Ambassadors are the friendly faces everyone sees when they enter the New England Center. Ambassadors greet fair visitors, answer questions about our wonderful exhibits and general fair questions. Ambassadors monitor exhibits during the Fair and make sure that no one touches the displays. Ambassadors volunteer for 4 hour shifts and receive a free entry ticket and free parking to the Fair for that day! We also offer a free meal at the Moses dormitory, snacks and beverages while you are volunteering and entry into a weekly raffle for prizes.

Pre and Post Fair volunteers

Volunteers who donate 6 or more hours of time before the Fair begins and after the Fair closes receive a one day tickets to The Big E for every 6 hours of volunteering. They also are entered into a raffle for prizes.

Pre & Post Fair Organizers

August—October 3

Assist with clean up and take down of displays. Sort paperwork.

Creative Arts Set up Assistant

August 29-31 (photography) and September 4-13 (all other departments)

Our Set-Up Assistants handle all the entries received for the Creative Arts after judging. They assist with the set up and placement of the over 1,000 entries for display.

Scribes and Presenters

September 6-7

Judging day is a busy day for the Creative Arts department. We have several divisions to be judged and each judge needs a scribe and often a presenter who lays out the items to be judged. The scribe writes all the placings and judge’s comments as each items is judged. They also review judging sheets for completeness. Presenters keep judges moving by keeping entries organized during the judging process and present judges with the next item to be judged. These two positions are often switched between individuals during the day, one person will act as the scribe for a couple hours and then switch with the presenter.

Receiving and Post Fair Pick Up Assistants

August 29-31 (photograph) September 3-4 (all other departments) and October 1-2 (all departments)

Assist exhibitors when they drop off their entries for judging and picking up their entries after the Fair. Assistants check each entry as received for overall condition and check that the entry is properly entered and tagged. After the Fair, assistants help exhibitors locate their entries, pick up their paperwork and check out.

Do you enjoy sharing your craft with others? Consider demonstrating your craft in the New England Center during the fair.

If you have any questions, please contact Creative Arts at Creativearts@TheBigE.com or call 413-205-5015.

Please consider becoming a Creative Arts Volunteer or Demonstrator and help make Creative Arts the Best!

This year, we have divided the volunteer form and the demonstration form. We want to ensure that your craft gets ample time and recognition and that we are able to schedule your time properly. Time is available in 4 hour blocks. Please select the proper form listed below.

Please read volunteer guidelines

Click here to print a volunteer form

Please read demonstration guidelines

Click here for a demonstration form

Click here for a group demonstration form

Have questions? Contact us at creativearts@thebige.com or (413) 205-5015.

2018 Creative Arts Community Service


Calling all knitters, crocheters and sewers

We know knitters, crocheters and sewers are very generous with making beautiful items for others, so we are asking for your help to keep our friends warm next winter with hats, scarves and/or mittens.

Please join us in our efforts to give back to the community with this endeavor.

The hats, mittens or scarves can be any size or color, as the need is great for all ages. If using wools, please attach a note saying what the content is, so we can keep them separate and make sure those with allergies to wool won’t be affected.

Bring your items to the New England Center office in the Brooks Administration Building beginning April 9 from 9am to 4pm, Monday-Friday,June 1 to September 13 from 10am to 4pm to the Brooks Building lobby or the New England Center office.Please call 413-205-5015 if bringing to the New England Center office as it is only staffed Monday, Thursday or Friday, until August. Please provide us with your name, address and phone number to be included in a drawing for 2 free tickets to return to The Big E September 14-30. We will be drawing 5 lucky winners!

We will collect items during the Fair as well in a box in the New England Center.

If you have any questions, please give us a call on 413-205-5015.

Thank you for your support,

Jane & Terri

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