Festival Designer Sought with Stage Setting & Handicraft Experience

About the position:
What Cheer Flower Farm, a nonprofit in Providence, RI is seeking an event designer who is great with stage, window or experiential event design and handicrafts to help us turn our plain white Flower Festival tents and booths into magical celebration of the love of flowers.

You will also set a cohesive overall look and feel for the Festival from the registration area to the refreshment stands and activity tents. To do so, you will coordinate with our floral design team - a dried flower designer, bouquet designer and a live plant designer – as well as helping manage a volunteer crafting crew who will help you decorate our tents with all sorts of materials ranging from tissue paper flowers to painted murals. (Note: We are open to everything except faux flowers and balloons.) You may also recruit volunteer artists or borrow pre-existing materials from other local organizations.

In total you will design and style two large tents (one for activities and shopping booths, and one for  refreshments) as well as four specialty areas (registration, bouquet raffle booth, bar, and bandstand), as well as an educational 'How we make bouquets' walk-through display in our existing barn. You will also inform the design of at-event signage. Lastly, you will give input into lighting and overall space design.  

The Festival takes place on Saturday August 27th, 9am-9pm. Prior to that, you'll work approximately 12 hours per week in June - early August and then move to full-time August 22-28.  

Your schedule will include:
1. Overarching design decisions and supply orders
2. Working on handicrafts and with volunteers creating materials for the decor over several weeks (For example, some volunteers could start making tissue paper flower garlands now, that we can hang later.)
3. Actual set up and breakdown (with lots of help) of the design at the Festival itself

Who you are:
We prefer someone who has designed for theatrical settings, large retail window displays, set design, or art direction and is great with their hands. You must be legally authorized to work in the US and be 18 years old or older. Those who have been historically marginalized from this kind of design work are strongly encouraged to apply, especially Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. You don’t need to be a floral specialist but you must love flowers.

Working conditions:
You must be willing and able to do hands-on design work. Experience managing others, particularly untrained but enthusiastic labor, is useful. The job will regularly involve: sitting, standing, walking on mixed terrain, bending, and the ability to lift 25 pounds. It will require some in-person meetings, and largely in-person event: planning, set-up, staffing and breakdown. However, some remote work will be available, too. The vast majority of the festival will be outdoors.

About the Festival:
Now in its second iteration, the Flower Festival will draw 1,500+ to experience flower farm fields with thousands of dahlias, floral activities, shopping and refreshments. The Festival takes place in Providence, on site at What Cheer Flower Farm which is one block from Olneyville Square.

Festival revenues go to support What Cheer Flower Farm's goal of growing, rescuing and giving away 100,000+ flowers each year to Rhode Islanders in difficult situations. Because everyone deserves a bouquet!

This is a temporary, mostly part-time, contract position that pays $4,000-$4,500 total, depending on experience plus a bucketload of gratitude!

To Apply:
Please apply below. Applications will be open until Sunday, June 19th at 11:59 pm. If you seem like a good fit, you will hear back from us to schedule an interview shortly. If you don't hear back by then, we will have decided to pursue other applicants.

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Your name *
Please enter the email and cell number you'd prefer to be contacted at about this position: *
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Can you provide a link to your resume, website, social media, or portfolio with examples of your work?
If you have one of the above,  please share it here. Not required, but it would be helpful to see. If you'd like to email us a pdf with any of the above instead of providing a link, please do so at operations@whatcheerfarm.org
Are you available to work part-time July-August 15 (approx 12 hours per week) and then ramp up to fulltime the week of August 21st? *
Are you able to commute easily to Providence, RI? *
This will be for the occasional meeting, volunteer handicraft gatherings, event set-up, duration and breakdown. This can be driving, carpooling, biking, using public transit, etc.
Lastly, can you briefly tell us why you are the person we should engage for this role? *
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