Welcome and thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Arkansas Arts Center! As a volunteer, you can support the Arkansas Arts Center mission of ensuring that learning, inspiration and creative expression in the arts flourish throughout Arkansas for people of all ages and background. Join our growing corps of passionate volunteers who provide invaluable assistance in departments all over the Arts Center!
Our volunteers range in age, background, and experience, but all have at least one thing in common- a great love of the arts. Volunteers earn free tickets to exhibitions and Children’s Theatre performances, discounts on merchandise and food, memberships, special recognition and continuing education in the arts! You do not need an art background to be involved- we will train you! All we required is that you are willing to learn, flexible and enthusiastic!
To become an AAC volunteer, submit the volunteer application and attend a volunteer orientation meeting. These meetings are held regularly throughout the year.
- Annual recognition events
- A complimentary ticket for you when you volunteer for exhibitions, lectures, Children’s Theatre, or special events
- Discounts in the Museum Shop and Best Impressions Restaurant
- Free museum membership after 60 volunteer hours
- Working with an exciting, diverse team who loves the arts
- Students can get volunteer hours verified for honor societies and school credit
The Arts Center depends on volunteers to support a variety of departments and activities, from providing information and assisting visitors, working as ushers during Children’s Theatre performances, assisting in administrative offices, to giving state of the art education tours as docents. Here are a few of the ways you can assist:
As an Administrative Volunteer, you assist the Arts Center staff with daily operational tasks and office support. Some volunteer tasks include data entry, stuffing envelopes, copying and scanning, assembling binders and other related tasks depending on department placement. Administrative volunteers work intimately with Arts Center staff and personnel.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE USHER
Donate your time by ushering or selling concessions at a Children’s Theatre performance and see the show for free! Volunteers receive one complimentary ticket to the performance they usher if that performance is not sold out. Parent/student teams are welcome and encouraged! During weekday shifts, ushers help corral and seat large school groups. Friday evening and weekend ushers assist in taking tickets and distributing playbills during public performances.
Our docents are trained in delivering state-of-the-art educational tours. Successful applicants to the docent program agree to a two year minimum commitment, exhibit strong interpersonal skills, and participate in continuing education. To apply to this program, contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly at 501-372-4000 or email email@example.com
Discover your inner host or bartender while assisting during Arts Center special receptions and preview events. Event support volunteers play an essential role at AAC events. This opportunity is perfect for those available primarily on evenings and weekends.
During exhibitions, volunteers serve as Arts Center ambassadors. Their duties include assisting visitors, answering questions, giving directions and taking tickets. Exhibition ushers work with Visitor Services and Arts Center staff to promote the Arts Center and its programs.
Museum Shop Volunteers help the Museum Shop staff with unpacking, stocking and displaying merchandise, pricing of items, greeting customers, wrapping merchandise and assists customers in any way needed. Museum Shop volunteers helps maintain an orderly and clean work environment and are knowledgeable about shop products.
Got a photographer’s eye and a mind for service? Volunteer as a photographer during special events and for our Children’s Theatre. Anyone from hobbyists looking for a fun way to put their skills to good use to budding professionals looking to expand their resume with event photography experience are welcome to submit samples of their work for consideration. Our volunteer photographers use their own equipment (Digital SLR cameras preferred) and retain rights to their images. Please send samples firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
DON’T SEE WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR? SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
Create an opportunity! Sometimes volunteers are looking for an opportunity to use their own skills to serve the AAC in a unique way we haven’t advertised. Submit a project proposal (can this be a downloadable .doc so applicants can type?) if you would like to volunteer with us, but can’t quite find what you’re looking for. It may not be possible for us to create a project that utilizes your special skill, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!
Sinovia Mayfield, Volunteer Coordinator
Complete an application online and get started today!