The Volunteer of the Year Award is given each year to a person deemed to have been the most helpful at that year’s festival.
The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts will once again host its annual juried fine arts festival in November. Each year since 1993 the festival has grown in quality, attendance, and prestige. Over the years our community volunteers, through their interest, commitment, energy, and civic pride, have played a major role in the success of a smooth running festival. This year we invite you to volunteer and make this yet another successful festival. Volunteers are vital to the festival and help in many areas including: VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP If you would like to volunteer for The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, please fill in the information on the Volunteer Sign-Up Form and one of our representatives will contact you. We take your preference into consideration when making assignments to meet the greater needs of the festival. Thank you for your interest in helping!
GENERAL FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER INFORMATION: EVENT: The festival occurs on a Saturday and Sunday. It is open to the public from 10am to 5pm on both days.
BOOTH SITTERS: Volunteer to spend 15-30 minutes in the artist booth while the artist takes a break-watch over items in booth but make no monetary transactions.
ARTIST OASIS: Volunteer to assist with the food service that is provided to artists in the early morning and at noontime.
INFORMATION BOOTH: Volunteer to provide general information, directions to an artist booth or an event location, sell t-shirts and posters.
VOLUNTEER CENTER: Volunteer to provide any needed assistance to staff, artists, etc. and work with the Volunteer Chair to see that festival needs are met.
The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts is a two day outdoor art festival held in downtown Deland. It is always hosted on the November weekend prior to Thanksgiving. Approximately 50,000 people attend the festival. Deland is located in Volusia County-Central Florida. It is a short driving distance from Orlando and Daytona Beach.
ART: This juried fine arts venue includes between 160 and 185 state, national and international artists. The artist’s works are reviewed by a jury of art professionals to determine the artist selection for the show. An effort is made to cover a wide range of artistic mediums which include painting, glass, sculpture, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, wood, ceramics and fiber. Over $25,000 in artist awards are made to the outstanding pieces in various categories.
MUSIC: The DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts also presents local, national and international live musical performances on both days. Visitors to the festival enjoy a broad range of music representing a variety of styles: blues, folk, rock, jazz and world music. The music is presented outdoors at the Pioneer Park Stage. There are also individual musical street performances presented throughout the festival area.
YOUTH ART EXHIBIT: The rotunda of the Thomas C. Kelly County Administration Building is the venue for an exhibition of student artists from public and private schools throughout Volusia County. This exhibition showcases more than 1,200 examples of student art. Certificates are given to each student participant and cash awards are presented to the best student artists.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES: Children’s art activities are made available on the grounds of the Thomas C. Kelly County Administration Building. Parents and children can explore a variety of hands-on-art media projects presented by a partnership of area museum personnel. Children’s learning opportunities are also made available. A variety of organizations offer an exhibit or activity that provides a variety of learning experiences – ecological, wildlife, public safety, etc. to young people.
YOUTH PERFORMANCE: The festival hosts a variety of performing arts experiences by and for children. These performances are presented on stage at the historic Athens Theatre. The youth presentations include dance, music, storytelling, improvisation and plays performed by individual organizations and schools.
SPECIAL EVENTS: The festival also presents Shakespearian performances, film presentations and a Poetry Slam event.
OTHER FEATURES: This event is a family event that provides art, live music, food trucks, youth activities, beer garden, restaurants, pubs, wine bars and more.