A very dedicated group of people helps with planning, organizing and managing the conference. If you’re interested in volunteering with FOBA, you can help from wherever you live.

We are very proud that we’ve been able to put on the Focus on Book Arts Conference every two years with an all-volunteer staff.

Every bit of your help makes a difference.

With the exception of at-conference volunteer needs, you do not need to be in the Portland, Oregon area to help. Many of our board and committee members are scattered around the United States.


Focus on Book Arts Conference planning and organizing continues during our off-conference years. Each FOBA board member has specific responsibilities related to the biennial conference. As we begin the planning for the 2024 conference, we have openings for some positions on the board. We’re seeking board members who will be responsible for specific aspects of the conference. Positions we are working to fill include events planner, facilities coordinator, volunteer coordinator, treasurer, and conference director.

Many of these board members rely on teams to help with the organizing of the conference. For instance, the Events Planner has volunteer(s) for each of the different events (i.e., trade show, faculty exhibit, speakers, etc.) and activities (i.e., raffle, challenge book, etc.). If you’re not yet ready to commit to joining the board, you may want to consider helping with a specific part of the conference and volunteering to join a team.

If you are interested in volunteering with FOBA as a board member or helping one of our teams, please contact the Jean Wyatt at info@focusonbookarts.org