Volunteer for Paint Grand Traverse

Paint Grand Traverse is a new, week-long plein air (outdoor) painting festival and competition. During PGT, artists from across the country will paint at over a dozen beautiful locations throughout the Grand Traverse region, including Leelanau, Old Mission, Elk Rapids, and Traverse City. The week also features parties, activities for kids, live painting demonstrations, and more! Paint Grand Traverse is presented by Crooked Tree Arts Center - Traverse City.

We need a great team of volunteers to make the first annual Paint Grand Traverse event a huge success! A wide variety of jobs and shifts is available.

Please read below for descriptions of the various volunteer teams. (You are welcome to sign up for shifts with more than one team!)

The red buttons below will take you to SignUpGenius, which is where you can view and select shifts. Or, if you prefer, you can email your availability and interest(s) to megankelto@crookedtree.org


Ambassador Team

Paint Grand Traverse AMBASSADORS work out at the painting locations, and help direct artists and spectators. Shifts are 3-4 hours long, and the locations are beautiful! You will work in teams of 2-3 to staff the Paint Grand Traverse tent. Ambassadors are the friendly, smiling face of Paint Grand Traverse!

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Events Team

The Paint Grand Traverse EVENTS team will assist with setting up and cleaning up special events during the week. Jobs include event decor, hanging artwork, directing parking, setting up tables and chairs, and more.

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Photo / Social Media Team

The Paint Grand Traverse PHOTO/SOCIAL MEDIA team will document events throughout the week, and post images in real-time to Crooked Tree and Paint Grand Traverse social media account. A DSLR or modern mobile phone camera is required.

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Business Team

The Paint Grand Traverse BUSINESS team will assist CTAC staff will processing art sales during three events: VIP reception on 8/14; Quick Draw Competition on 8/15; and Paint Grand Traverse Gala on 8/18.

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Artist Welcome Team

The Paint Grand Traverse WELCOME team will assist the artist orientation and check-in event on Sunday, August 12. We are hosting 44 artists, most of whom are not from Michigan! Help us give them a warm welcome and learn the lay of the land as they get ready to start painting the following day.

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