Volunteer Form FAQ
Here are some Frequently Asked questions for volunteers.
+ Is Art All Night going to run for 24 hours this year?
Yes, Art All Night will take place at the same time and for the same duration as it always has, from 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, through 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16.
+ Is Art All Night at the same site?
Yes, Art All Night will be held in and around the Roebling Wire Works site as in past years.
+ After what happened last year, what will be different this year to ensure the event is safe?
Although the event is still free and open to all, the biggest change this year will be that the whole perimeter of the event, including all outdoor music, food truck and other activity areas, will be fenced off. Attendees must go through a security check at two entrances (off Dye Street and S. Clinton Avenue) including being wanded and having their bags checked. All drinks and liquids, illegal drugs, weapons or other dangerous items will not be allowed in.
+ Who will be staffing security at the two entrance points?
We are hiring a private security firm to handle security checks at the entrances. There will also be Trenton police stationed at each entrance.
+ Will volunteers need to go through security prior to our shifts?
Yes. Everyone, artists, musicians, food and other vendors, Artworks and Art All Night staff, and volunteers will need to go through a security check to enter the Art All Night site.
+ What else is being done to make the event safe?
We have been working with the City of Trenton since January to develop a security plan and a large law enforcement presence for the full 24 hours of Art All Night. This plan has been vetted and signed off on by independent risk management and security consultants, as well as by the city and Artworks. For peak hours on Saturday and overnight, there will be upwards of 40 law enforcement officers (uniformed and plainclothes) from the City of Trenton Police, State Police, County Prosecutor's Office, and other jurisdictions. There will also be a sizable Trenton Fire Department and Emergency Services (EMT) contingent at the event. Law enforcement will be closing Dye Street and S. Clinton Avenue adjacent to the Art All Night site, and patrolling the area outside the fenced perimeter of the event as well as the inside of the event.
+ Will volunteers get extra training because of the changes and security measures?
Yes, volunteer training will include a full briefing on the new measures, including emergency preparedness, and communication with law enforcement on site. City of Trenton police will be present at volunteer training this year to answer all questions.
+ Will volunteers be needed for all 24 hours of the event?
We will need volunteers for the duration of the event, as well as for art intake before the event, and clean up on Sunday after 3 p.m.
+ I see negative comments on social media, even some of my friends and family are saying they may not attend Art All Night this year. Are these concerns valid?
We know that some people will be vocal about these things, and we understand they have every right to voice their opinion, and choose not to attend Art All Night this year. Art All Night has always been about countering the negativity directed at Trenton, and showing how wonderful the city and its art scene is. Now more than ever, volunteering at and attending Art All Night is a statement that we will not let the bad guys or the fear mongers stop us from being a part of something so big and wonderful, so creative, and so important. Art All Night is safer this year than it's ever been. We hope you will show your solidarity with us and help us bring Art All Night back, better than ever.
+ I want to support the return of Art All Night but I'm still nervous about volunteering. What should I do?
Contact us, we will answer your questions promptly and honestly. Attend one of the in-person prospective volunteer info sessions at Artworks. Consider signing up to volunteer with some friends or colleagues, so you can all support Art All Night and each other during your shift. If you're still reticent, consider helping out another way, by supporting the event with a donation, submitting art, or just attending.