ISAS Arts Festival

The ISAS Arts Festival is coming back to Holland Hall!

The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS) Arts Festival began in 1967 with an invitation from the Casady School Choir to the choirs of Wichita Collegiate and Holland Hall to participate in a collaborative program. Since then, the Festival has grown to be the nation’s premiere annual regional arts festival among independent schools. This will be Holland Hall’s seventh time to host the festival. (1969, 1973, 1984, 1994, 1999, 2005).

Please Volunteer for ISAS!

We are thrilled to announce that the Parent Volunteer SignUp Genius Link for ISAS Arts Festival 2020 is now live! We are calling on everyone from every part of the Holland Hall community to get involved, because we need you! It’s our chance to welcome to our campus and our community nearly 4,000 students and faculty from independent schools throughout the Southwest, an opportunity that comes to our campus only once every 15 years. We hope you consider volunteering in one of the many positions we have during the festival and encourage you to spread the word to all members of the Holland Hall community!

What is the ISAS Arts Festival?
The 53rd annual ISAS Arts Festival brings together more than 43 independent schools from five states for a celebration of the arts. The three-day agenda and nearly every corner of our campus will be packed with performances, exhibitions, workshops, and masterclasses in theater, dance, music, visual arts, filmmaking, and writing. Under the leadership of Steve Dyer and Jayme Ostroski, faculty and staff will be working around the clock Thursday, April 2 through Saturday, April 4 to create an extraordinary opportunity for students to share and learn from each other and receive guidance from master teachers and professionals in the arts. To understand how our campus and schedule will be affected by the festival, see our ISAS Calendar and FAQ Page.

Why should I volunteer?
In order to accommodate the thousands of visitors, the ISAS Arts Festival is a closed event. Only those participating or volunteering at the festival will be admitted onto campus. As a festival volunteer, you will have an opportunity to experience firsthand the fun and excitement of this amazing event. You’ll also receive a commemorative festival t-shirt and get to witness talented young people performing at a very high level.

What do I need to know about volunteering?
To volunteer at the ISAS Arts Festival (or in any other capacity at Holland Hall), you must have a KeepNTrack online background check on file. (If you have completed this in the past, you do not need another one). The online checks must be completed well ahead of the event to allow time for processing the results. We will not be able to admit any volunteers on campus that do not have KeepnTrack approval.

We are seeking parent volunteers in 5 hour shifts for the following days:

Thursday, April 27:30 am - 12:30 pm12:30 pm - 5:30 pm5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday, April 37:30 am - 12:30 pm12:30 pm - 5:30 pm5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday, April 47:30 am - 12:30 pm12:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Many shifts are planned so that two people can work together, and most often you will also be working with a Holland Hall fine arts faculty member assigned to the particular venue. The assignments are not difficult, but your knowledge of the campus and friendliness will help welcome our guests to Holland Hall. We will provide training sessions for all parent volunteers to ensure that you understand exactly what your assignment entails. Parking for volunteers will be provided on campus during their shift.

What will I do as a volunteer at the Festival?
With more than 18 venues and warmup spaces, our performance venues will require the majority of volunteers. Each venue will have a Holland Hall fine arts faculty venue coordinator that you will be paired with to understand the expectations of each venue space and performance type. Following is a guide to our volunteer assignments to help you decide in which area you want to volunteer. There is something for everyone and we need all types of people! When you’ve found something that suits you, go to our Parent Volunteer SignUp Genius Link. Please scroll all the way down and page through the entire list for all your choices!

Performance and Art Venue Monitors

  • Performance Venue Monitors – Direct audience members and performers, announce performances, keep performances on schedule, answer questions regarding schedule and locations of venues, provide information and instructions in case of inclement weather or emergencies, help with load-in/out of items.
  • Warmup Space Monitor – Keep performers on schedule, answer questions and direct/escort performers to their venues.
  • Dressing Room Host – Greet guests, answer questions and communicate any issues/requests.
  • 2D/3D Art Venue Monitor – Keep art critiques on schedule, answer questions and provide information.
  • Adjudicator Guide – Walk adjudicators to their assigned areas and show them where to find the Hospitality Room and restrooms.

Information and Support Services

  • Festival Office – Help with adjudicator, school, and volunteer check-in, distribute materials, answer questions, provide general assistance and information.
  • Bus Greeter – Welcome busses as they arrive on campus and direct school groups to their homerooms.
  • Homeroom Information – Stationed centrally in the Middle or Upper School to answer questions and help with weather events or emergencies.
  • Homeroom Host – Walk the halls of the Middle or Upper School and offer assistance or information as needed.
  • Workshop Support – Provide hands-on help to the Workshop Leader handing out supplies, cleaning up, and other duties as needed.

Hospitality and Food Service

  • Concession Stand Sales – Sell items to guests and restock supplies in the concession stand as needed.
  • Dining Tent Support – Greet guests, help keep tables cleared and wiped down, push in chairs, and direct people.
  • Faculty Hospitality Lounge Host – Monitor this space to keep it stocked and organized. Provide assistance and information to visiting faculty.

First Aid & Safety – These positions are open to licensed medical personnel only.

Setup & Breakdown – Prior to the Festival (Thursday morning shift, April 2): assist in setting up chairs and tables, prepare classrooms, hang signs. After the Festival (Saturday afternoon shift, April 4): clear items and reset spaces for the school week.

As Needed – Placed in areas of greatest need.

Festival Dates:
April 2-4, 2020

Daily Festival Schedule:
Thursday, April 2, 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Friday, April 3, 7:00 am–10:00 pm
Saturday, April 4, 7:00 am–12:30 pm

Festival Contact Info:
Festival Director — Steve Dyer

Assistant Festival Director — Jayme Ostroski


Parent Volunteer Coordinators:
Annatina Aaronson

Leigh Ann Moss Sherburn

Upper School
Jennifer Sharpe

Middle School
Heather May

Primary School
Morgan Johannsen