For the Love of Art? Episodic Volunteering at Cultural Events

Sophie E. Hersberger-Langloh*, Georg von Schnurbein, Chulhee Kang, Michal Almog-Bar, Jacqueline Butcher García-Colín, Marta Rey García

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Although episodic volunteering is a popular form of volunteering and has received increasing attention from researchers, the motives and characteristics of episodic volunteers in different industries or types of events remain underresearched, especially in the context of cultural events. This study is based on a sample of more than 2000 episodic volunteers and analyzes demographic characteristics, motives, and volunteer experience of cultural event volunteers by applying between and within analysis. The between analysis compares cultural and social event volunteers and finds that cultural event volunteers show higher time engagement but are more self-serving in their motives. The within analysis emphasizes intrinsic motives over extrinsic motives, leading to the conclusion that saturation of extrinsic motives reduces willingness for future engagements.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)428-442
Number of pages15
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2022

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  • Culture
  • Episodic volunteering
  • Motives
  • Volunteer retention


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