The Focus on Book Arts Conference takes place during July of even numbered years. Virtual conferences occur in July of odd numbered years. The planning for the next conference begins as soon as one finishes. Volunteers are needed during the conference and throughout the year of planning for the next conference. With the exception of being on site during the conference in even-numbered years, you do not need to be in the Portland area to help. Many of our board and committee members are scattered around the United States.

Volunteer opportunities fall into a few different categories. You can learn more about the different types of volunteer opportunities. 

We currently have positions open at the board level and expect to have lots of committee jobs as conference planning gets underway. Watch this space for volunteer opportunities throughout the two year planning cycle for jobs that may be of interest to you.

Board positions

  • Outreach is a new team leader role that will ensure FOBA remains a fiscally stable organization. We envision this role might encompass many methods and ways of fundraising, including: finding sponsors for FOBA events and activities, defining and organizing fundraising events and activities, requesting grants, soliciting donations, and managing FOBA products.
  • The Activities Coordinator works hand in hand with the Events Coordinator to provide conference attendees with a full and engaging conference experience. This person will work with a team to define and manage the creative and fun activities that occur outside of the scheduled workshops. These activities include the Fellowship Raffle, Challenge Book project, and other activities that are creative and enhance learning.

If you are interested in one of the board positions, please contact the conference coordinator at

Committee positions

Teams are currently being formed in the following areas:

  • Events and Activities, we are looking for people to plan the different events and activities that happen during the conference. This may include finding and arranging for speakers, defining other evening events, organizing the Artists’ Fair and more.

If you are interested in being on one of these teams, please contact the volunteer coordinator at