Join us at the Abbe Museum Indian Market!

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After this last storm, we bet you’re just as excited for spring as we are. And although there are a plethora of symbols to declare the arrival of warmer weather (from May flowers to baby animals), we would like to throw another into the mix: The Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM). This May the Abbe Museum is taking over Bar Harbor’s Village Green for a 3-day long celebration of Native art and artists! It's sure to be an exciting event, unlike anything else this area has seen before - and we could use your help!

As a volunteer you will get an inside look at this brand new initiative for the Museum, experiencing it in a way the average visitor will not. You'll meet cool people, be inspired by amazing artists, and learn about different Indigenous cultures from all over North America. All this while also supporting a great cause and giving back to your community.

Volunteer opportunities are listed below and we ask that interested volunteers commit to a half day of work on either Saturday or Sunday (with the exception being Set Up & Breakdown Volunteers and Models who will have a different schedule). If something catches your eye let our Associate Director of Advancement, Jill Sawyer, know by emailing or calling 207-288-3519. Thank you in advance for your support, we are excited to work with you!

Half/Full Day Opportunities


Stationed at an entrance to the Village Green, Greeters will be responsible for orienting visitors to the event and will take turns doing walkthroughs to make sure visitors are having a great time. It’s a fun and easy way to help out, all while meeting new people and enjoying the beautiful May weather. 


Like Greeters, volunteers stationed at the Abbe Booth will be on hand to address visitor needs. This involves answering questions, chatting about other Abbe Museum initiatives, or selling t-shirts. If you get excited about giving directions or have a lot of opinions on where to get the best food in town, this may be a good fit for you!


This category will be assigned to different parts of the event as the day progresses. From assisting with the set up of the Fashion Show to troubleshooting tech for performances, you will get an in-depth look at the ins and outs of making an event of this magnitude happen. 


Assigned to a specific section of the event, this role will be responsible for making sure that the artists attending the Market are taken care of. This encompasses anything from handing out snacks, giving them breaks, or just chatting with them about their experience - a little bit of your time will have a big impact.

Specific Time Commitment 


Volunteers assisting with Set Up and Breakdown will be on hand to transform the Village Green into the Abbe Museum Indian Market...and back again. Kind of like a fairy godmother, but with tools instead of a magic wand! Set up will be taking place on Saturday morning, with breakdown occurring on Sunday afternoon. For more information or to learn more about the schedule please reach out to Jill ( or 207-288-3519.)


Strut your stuff in some fabulous Native designed clothing and accessories! Models are needed for 2 events, both listed below. If you would like to participate, please reach out to Jill ( or 207-288-3519) for more information about the schedule and model requirements. 

Kick Off Event Models: Put on your best all-black outfit and come work the crowd in some beautiful Native made accessories at our Market Kick-Off Event, Friday, May 18th from 5 to 7 pm. 

Fashion Show Models: The AMIM Fashion Show will highlight Native fashion representing both couture and contemporary looks. Models will need to be available on May 19th from 11 am to 3 pm, with the show running from 1 to 2 pm.

*Please note that not all models being invited to participate in the show may get to walk the runway. 

Jill Sawyer is the Abbe Museum's Associate Director of Advancement. She provides advancement support for the income generating activities and daily operations of the Abbe Museum and is also responsible for building and strengthening relationships with Native artists. In 2013 she spent 3 months in Manila, Philippines, evaluating the Museo Pambata’s Mobile Library Program. This experience became the foundation for her master’s thesis, which discusses the importance of advocacy and community outreach in museums.