Go van Gogh

Go van Gogh® summer outreach volunteers lead experiences in Dallas Public Libraries for children ages 5-12. Programs are one hour in length and include interactive conversations about artworks and opportunities for art making. Interested volunteers must attend three training sessions on Friday mornings in late May and early June. Volunteers are asked to commit to presenting two outreach programs a month during June, July, and August.

We are currently accepting applications for 2016 Go van Gogh® summer outreach volunteers. To apply, please fill out the Volunteer Application for Go van Gogh. If you have questions about volunteering with the Go van Gogh® program, contact Jennie Russell at jrussell@DMA.org.  


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 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.

We are currently seeking applicants for the 2016 Summer Program. To apply, complete the DMA Teen Ambassador Application. Please contact jthompson@DMA.org with any questions regarding the Teen Ambassador program.



To apply, download the Volunteer Application for 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 reminaing in the program for a minimum of one year. Bilingual speakers are preferred, but it is not required.

To be considered for this opportunity, please email a completed volunteer application for Public Programs to plopez@DMA.org.

Center for Creative Connections (C3)

The Center for Creative Connections (C3) is a dynamic experimental learning environment that provides interactive encounters with works of art and artists. C3 volunteers greet visitors, answer visitor questions, and provide information on the Museum's collection, programs, and activities. Volunteers also help with the general upkeep of C3 by organizing and maintaining gallery spaces and preparing program and activity supplies. In addition, volunteers facilitate interactive educational programs for visitors of all ages, which often include conversations with visitors about works of art and hands-on creative activities. 

We seek applicants who enjoy engaging with the public! 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 attend training sessions throughout the year. Volunteers 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. To be considered for this opportunity, please contact jfuentes@DMA.org to be placed on a list of interested applicants.

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.

To be considered for this opportunity, please email a completed volunteer application for Public Programs to chartley@DMA.org.