Join our Volunteer team!
“I never thought volunteering at the Portland Winter Light Festival would be so much fun. Not only did I get to see the beautiful displays and meet new friends, but I also got to work alongside them to set everything up. From climbing ladders to hanging lights to organizing the food tent, we all worked together and had a blast. The best part was seeing the joy on everyone’s faces as they walked through the festival. It was an experience I’ll never forget.” ~volunteer Phil G.
“I started volunteering in 2017 when I spent two nights in front of a crashed flying saucer, tending to the burning fire inside it. After that, I was hooked. I’ve helped out every year since and explored all the different ways jobs a volunteer can do during the festival. I’ve tended fires, fundraised all night, and counted how many people were in attendance. I’ve sold merchandise, given people directions, asked survey questions, danced under a giant disco ball in the middle of Pioneer Courthouse Square- and maybe best of all, made new glowing outfits to wear each year!” ~volunteer Katerina M.
Thank you so much for your interest in helping with this volunteer-powered tradition!
The 2023 festival needs volunteers for our three locations at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, World Trade Center, and the Electric Blocks building at SE 2nd and Clay.
We have the following positions open:
- Merchandise Sales
- Merchandise Leads
- Information Booth
- Crowd Counters
- Art setup/strike
- Crowd direction & Wayfinding
- Donations Team
Group shifts are available! Does your organization want to sign up as a team? Email [email protected] to coordinate or with any other questions.
View the complete information packet here!
Lumens Giving Circle
It takes many lumens to light up Portland. We invite community-minded individuals to join the Lumens Giving Circle and help the Portland Winter Light Festival shine!
Do you value art, technology, and equitable access to art for all?
The Lumens Giving Circle is for you.
Members of the Lumens Giving Circle will:
- Receive an invitation to attend the VIP party to kick off the Portland Winter Light Festival with a guest (if you sign up before January 16th!)
- Recognition on the PDXWLF sponsorship page; up to 100k views
- Know that they are coming together with other like-minded individuals who support, enjoy, and want to see the arts in Portland glow brightly at the annual Portland Winter Light Festival
Individuals are encouraged to become a member of the Lumens Giving Circle. Make an annual one-time gift of $500 or more. Or make an ongoing monthly donation of $42 to support the Portland Winter Light Festival.
Join the Lumens Giving Circle and make your gift today!
Join us in creating community and providing accessible art to everyone FREE of charge. For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alisha Sullivan- Executive Director, at [email protected].
Sponsorship of the Portland Winter Light Festival allows us to produce a world-class light festival right here, invigorating Portland in the winter.
Light festivals are proven cultural and economic drivers for the host cities. Now in its eighth year, the Portland Winter Light Festival has seen unprecedented growth, with an attendance of 189,000 in 2022.
The Festival takes place over two weekends in February and features pop-up art throughout Portland with dynamic anchor sites in the central city. The event can stimulate community engagement downtown and in neighborhood business districts, driving tourism and exploration throughout Portland. The Festival encourages businesses, organizations, and communities to get involved, providing equitable access to free art for families and visitors.
Join us in creating community and providing accessible art to everyone FREE of charge. For more information, please contact Executive Director Alisha Sullivan at [email protected].