Requirements: Volunteers who are enthusiastic about their role and willing to pitch in. We’ll make sure that everyone has a great time! ONLY with the help of our volunteers can the “Salute” continue presenting one of the premier art events in the country. Volunteers make the Midwest Salute to the Arts the wonderful event it is!
Note: Many volunteer activities are eligible for community service recognition required by some school and scout programs.
Set Up and Decorations: Thursday, 8/24 starting at 4pm, help to unload items from Grand Rental and set up tables and chairs where they belong. Friday, 8/25 starting at 8:00am, continue with decorations, place tablecloths, flowers, etc.
Artist Assist: AA’s distribute drinks as needed and snacks at pre-assigned times as noted in Hospitality tent. The AA’s also watch Artists’ booths if the artist needs to step away for a few minutes or simply needs a break. This is a fun and interesting job! Shifts are 3 hours each available Saturday and Sunday.
Children’s Creation Station: The Creation Station is an interactive art area for kids. Volunteers work with Children by helping with specified arts/crafts projects. Volunteers also help clean stations in between projects and keep things in order. This is a high energy area with entertainment nearby for your listening pleasure. Shifts are 3 hours each available Saturday and Sunday.
Children’s Gallery: Upon entry to the show, each artists is required to donate 2 pieces of art to the Children’s Gallery. The Gallery is then opened for Kids-only shopping! The Children’s Gallery is designed to foster an interest in art at an early age. Children 5-13 enter the gallery and choose a piece of art, free from parental influence. After the child has selected their piece, they are encouraged to visit the artist who created it. Cost is $10. Volunteers help set up the art in the gallery. Since no parents are allowed, volunteers also assist children in the gallery if needed while shopping. It’s fun to see what each child selects. Shifts are 2-3 hours each available Saturday and Sunday. We also need two people to help on Friday when artists check in to obtain their donations and track accordingly.
Tear-down and Clean-up: All good things must come to an end! Starting at 5pm on Sunday, August 27th, the clean up begins. Volunteers should bring gloves and be ready to work! Email if interested so we have your name. There is always a fun ending to the evening!
Hazel Baker was a volunteer at the Midwest Salute to the Arts from the very beginning. She, along with the members of the Fairview Heights Women’s Club, were dedicated to supporting and improving our city of Fairview Heights. Hazel loved the art festival. She especially enjoyed greeting patrons as they came through the entrance and handing out programs. It seemed that she knew everyone! Her favorite thing about the Midwest Salute to the Arts was the Children’s Gallery. She encouraged many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to choose a piece of art from the gallery and add it to their collections annually. Hazel left a legacy of service that was passed on to her family. Each year, there have been family members from 4 generations involved in volunteering for the Midwest Salute to the Arts. This year, there will be 3 generations of Hazel’s family volunteering at the art festival. We lost Hazel in late December. Also, this past year, we lost 3 other long-time volunteers from the Fairview Heights Women’s Club that loved working at the entrance to the festival. They were Marion Hinkle, Ruth Ogles and Jake Heimann. Their smiles, energy and unwavering dedication to service will be missed.
Since 1947, nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization CIEE has been bringing the world together, advancing peace by building bridges of mutual understanding between different people, different countries, and different cultures.
This year CIEE is celebrating 75 years of helping people develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world through people-to-people exchange programs. We change lives, our alumni change the world.
We strive to bring intercultural relationships to the community. We have volunteer families host our students for a high school year and in exchange, the students do community volunteer hours. Many of our students have helped at the Salute to the Arts, Belleville Humane Society, SAVE, Treetop, and many other community organizations. We encourage and support the students to give back to the community.
Our nonprofit organization, is looking for host families and to encourage the help of the community by offering $1000 referral to anyone that refers a family, and they host. The family must put on the application, the person that referred them, in order for the $1000 to be paid. Local Coordinators, Kimberly and John Henrichs, have been working with the Highschool Exchange Program since 2016. They not only help place students, but have hosted 15 students themselves. To apply to be host family or learn more about CIEE go to www.CIEE.ORG/HOST.