Background:  Untitled  by Lucy and Tim Rechner, 2011

Background: Untitled by Lucy and Tim Rechner, 2011


TART (Training in ART) is a free educational program for developing skills in art interpretation and public art education, ultimately preparing participants to lead engaging public tours through the festival artwork. Training consists of approximately 8 hours of classroom workshop sessions and homework, and 3 hours of hands-on training at the festival site.

No experience necessary  

Though many TART participants have some educational background in the arts, we provide extra modules for participants desiring some information on art history and formal elements of art. The goal of The Works free public tours is not to dispatch dates, facts and history, but to foster dialogue and encourage visitors to have meaningful interactions with artists and artwork.

TART Volunteers have opportunities to:

  • Meet and work with festival artists through exclusive artists talks and some artist assistant positions

  • Lead patrons on tours around the festival site

  • Receive deeper art interpretation training to promote meaningful conversations about art with patrons

  • Provide suggestions for improvement and growth of the festival

To apply for a TART position, indicate your interest on the volunteer application form. 



Thank you to our 2017 volunteer supporters: