Volunteer

TEACHING PROGRAMS

Go van Gogh

If you love working with children, have a passion for art, and want to give back to the community, Go van Gogh® is the volunteer program for you! Go van Gogh® school outreach volunteers lead experiences in Dallas elementary classrooms that encourage students to look closely at works of art in the Museum's collection and express their creativity with art-making activities. 

Interested volunteers must attend bi-monthly training sessions held Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are asked to teach two programs per month from early October to mid-May. Programs are scheduled Wednesday through Friday in the late morning.

Recruitment has ended for the 2016-2017 school year. If you have questions about the Go van Gogh®  volunteer program, e-mail aorkin@DMA.org.

Docents

DMA docents conduct weekly tours of the Museum’s collection and exhibitions for groups of visitors ranging from elementary school students to adult visitors. The knowledge and strategies for conducting tours are accumulated over a yearlong training program consisting of lectures, gallery talks, and workshops led by staff and outside experts.

We seek applicants who have a desire to communicate the power of art to others. A degree in art history is not required. We ask that all docents commit to remaining in the program for a minimum of two years. Docents attend weekly trainings every Monday, September-May.

Each docent is required to lead two one-hour tours per week, Tuesday-Friday, throughout the school year, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Docents have the option to continue touring in the summer.

We offer a new docent class every other year, and are not currently accepting applications for the Docent Program. Please check back in spring of 2017 for application information or contact Jennie Russell at jrussell@DMA.org to be placed on a list of interested applicants. 

Teen Ambassadors

Formerly the DMA Teen Docent program, the Teen Ambassador program provides opportunities for high school students to initiate and deepen their relationship with the DMA. Teen Ambassadors lead summer family programs and gallery activities for young visitors (ages 5–12). Family programs range from drop-in art-making activities in the Center for Creative Connections to Family Storytime in the galleries.

We seek teens who are comfortable talking about works of art and engaging young children. You must be at least 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade to be eligible for this opportunity.

Applications for the Teen Ambassador Program are currently closed. We will be seeking new volunteers in the Spring of 2017. Please contact Jessica Thompson at jthompson@DMA.org with any questions regarding the Teen Ambassador program.

Teen Advisory Council

The Teen Advisory Council, or TAC for short, is a group of highly motivated high school students who help shape the direction of how the Museum engages with youth audiences. Members of the council  develop innovative interdisciplinary programming for Museum visitors of all ages, and serve as ambassadors for the Museum to the community. Being a TAC member is an opportunity to develop leadership, project management, and hands-on facilitation skills, as well as work directly with museum professionals. Teen Advisory Council members commit to attending two planning meetings a month and volunteering at hosted events at least once a month from September 2016 to June 2017.

Ideal candidates are actively involved in their community and have previous experience working with children, teens, or adults in an educational setting. Although an interest in art is required, we seek applicants with diverse activities and interests. Applicants who are interested in other subjects, such as science, engineering, and technology, are also encouraged to apply. You must be at least 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade to be eligible for this opportunity.

We are not currently accepting applications for the DMA Teen Advisory Council. We will be seeking new volunteers in the summer of 2017. Please contact Jessica Thompson at jthompson@DMA.org with any questions regarding the DMA Teen Advisory Council.

 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Community Engagement

Community Engagement involves welcoming new audiences to the DMA and building awareness of Museum opportunities while at the Museum and out in the community.

Volunteers primarily represent the DMA at various off-site events in the community at organizations like Cathedral Guadalupe. Volunteers assist with set-up and breakdown of events, help children and families with art-making activities, hand out DMA brochures and flyers, and take photos during events.

There are also opportunities for Community Engagement volunteers during DMA Late Nights. These volunteers assist visitors registering for the DMA Friends program and answer general questions about the Museum.

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in any off-site events and at least 16 years of age to volunteer at the Museum during DMA Late Nights. We ask that you volunteer for a minimum of one shift per month and commit to remaining in the program for a minimum of one year. Bilingual speakers are preferred, but it is not required.

We are not currently accepting applications for Community Engagement volunteers. If you have questions about the Community Engagement volunteer program, email aorkin@DMA.org.

Center for Creative Connections (C3)

We seek applicants who enjoy engaging with the public! Volunteers with the Center for Creative Connections (C3) greet visitors, answer visitor questions, and provide information on the Museum's collection, programs, and activities. Volunteers also facilitate interactive educational experiences for visitors of all ages, which often include conversations with visitors about works of art and hands-on creative activities. In addition, volunteers help with the general upkeep of C3 by organizing and maintaining gallery spaces and preparing program and activity supplies.

You must be at least 16 years of age and we require all volunteers to commit to remaining in the program for a minimum of one year. In addition to a mandatory orientation, volunteers have the opportunity to attend training sessions throughout the year. Volunteers are expected to work two shifts per month. Shifts are available Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Thursday 6:00–9:00 p.m., and selected Fridays 6:00 p.m.–midnight. 

We are not currently accepting applications for C3 volunteers. Applications for the next group of C3 volunteers will open in mid-November. If you have any questions about the C3 volunteer program, email aorkin@DMA.org.

Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages that features award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. The series is recognized for its creative multidisciplinary programming—combining literature with visual arts, music, and film—and for commissioning new work from musicians, dancers, and poets, inspired by works of art in the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer for this program and able to stand for long periods of time. All Arts & Letters Live volunteers are required to sign up for a minimum of four programs and must work at least three book signings per season. All volunteers will receive complimentary parking in the DMA garage and free admission to selected programs.

Program dates and times vary and will occasionally be located offsite.

We are currently accepting applications for Arts & Letters Live volunteers for the 2017 season. To fill out an application, please click here. If you have questions about the Arts & Letters Live volunteer program, email aorkin@DMA.org.