The Creative Arts Department could not function without all its volunteers and demonstrators and we are always welcoming 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 following Creative Arts information is from our 2019 Big E Fair.
Look for updated 2020 information by the end of April, 2020. If you have suggestions for 2020, please email CreativeArts@thebige.com
Thank you and we hope you will join us in 2020!
The Creative Arts Ambassador
September 13-29. 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 8 or more hours of time before the Fair begins and after the Fair closes receive a one day ticket to The Big E for every 8 hours of volunteering. They also are entered into a raffle for prizes.
Pre & Post Fair Organizers
Assist with clean up and take down of displays. Sort paperwork.
Creative Arts Set up Assistant
August 29 (photography) and September 4-12 (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
August 30 (Fine Arts), September 4-5 (Dept. 1-15, 30-42)
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 item 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
RECEIVING: August 29 (Photography & Fine Arts)) September 3 (all other departments)
PICK UP: September 30 and October 1 (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.
Volunteer Form (to print)Demonstrators
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.
Demonstrator Forms (to print)
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.
Have questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 205-5015.