Participate as volunteer, vendor or sponsor
The American Indian Festival is the Mid-America All-Indian Center’s biggest event of the year, and the museum is giving the community and business owners plenty of ways to get involved. The festival, which takes place July 14-15 at Century II Expo Hall, includes a contest powwow, Indian Fine Art Market, youth art show, hands-on youth activities, a health and wellness fair and vendor booths. Food vendors will also be on site, and Indian tacos will be served. More than 4,000 people attended the 2011 American Indian Festival, and that number is expected to grow this year.
The Indian Center is currently looking for:
- Volunteers to fill four-hour shifts both days of the festival. Families, community groups and corporate/school organizations are encouraged to participate. Volunteers receive free admission on the day they work. Volunteer training sessions will be held June 27 and 30 at the Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. The sessions are not mandatory, but pre-registration is required. Contact Indian Center Education Coordinator Crystal Flannery-Bachicha at 316-350-3345 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
- Corporate and individual sponsors. Sponsorship levels begin at $500 and include many benefits, including recognition on promotional materials and tickets to the invitation-only July 13 Preview Party and Artist Reception.
- Booth vendors. Last year’s American Indian Festival included Indian fine art and jewelry vendors from around the country as well as booths staffed by local businesses and health/wellness organizations. Booth space for the 2012 event is $250; discounts are available to nonprofit organizations.
For more information about the sponsor program, vendor opportunities or the festival in general, go to TheIndianCenter.org and click on “American Indian Festival.” You may also contact Indian Center Director April Scott at 316-350-3341 or by e-mail at email@example.com.