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About Us

The works International Visual Arts Society promotes the visual arts and design among the public by making art and design accessible. The Works Art & Design Festival is a free 13-day celebration that attracts artists, designers and patrons from around the world, showcasing cutting edge design and new media alongside traditional visual art mediums in alternative spaces throughout Edmonton. Year round, The Works Society operates through the Places program, which leaves permanent art and design in public locations.

Join The Works

  • Exhibit Crew: Supervise outdoor and indoor exhibits to ensure the safety of artwork and patrons. Welcome visitors to exhibits and encourage conversations.
  • Greeter: Be the first face patrons see on the Square! Greet the public, distribute festival guides, answer questions, and monitor donations.
  • Family Programs: Assist children and adults alike in creating their own art.
  • Art Market Crew: Circulate through The Works Art Market to assist vendors with their needs, such as giving breaks and fetching additional supplies.
  • Grounds Maintenance: Pick up litter, clean up tables, keep the festival site attractive. Keep greeter stations stocked with promotional material.
  • Works Patio Gate Crew: Monitor and count patrons and ensure adherence to Patio rules. Help to keep the Patio clean.
  • Works Patio Serving Tent: Meet AGLC requirements, ID patrons, sell and serve beer and wine.
  • Special Events Crew: Assist with set up and running receptions, artist talks, etc.

To apply, please download the application form at and email it to

Specialized Volunteer Opportunities

  • Photography Crew: Use your skills in photography to document the many events, exhibits and performances during The Works.
  • Production Support Crew: Help build the infrastructure necessary to withstand thousands of visitors. Great for volunteers with experience in construction, exhibit install, or theatre production!

Apply with a resume and cover letter to

Training in Art Program (TART)

The TART Program prepares you for a leadership role, offering training in art interpretation and patron services. No experience is necessary, only the keen desire to become more engaged with art and community.

TART Volunteers have opportunities to:

  • Receive free training in art history, art interpretation and guiding tours
  • Conduct public tours of the festival site and other nearby art exhibits
  • Share meaningful discussions about art with patrons and other volunteers and exhibit sites and special events

For more information on pre-festival opportunities and the TART Training Program, contact the Volunteer Department directly at

For more information on these opportunities, please visit: