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Volunteer

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. 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!  

 Click Here to Submit a Volunteer Application

BENEFITS

  • A complimentary ticket for you when you volunteer for exhibitions, lectures, Children’s Theatre, or special events
  • Free museum membership after 60 volunteer hours
  • Discounts in the Museum Shop and Canvas restaurant
  • Students can get volunteer hours verified for honor societies and school credit
  • Annual recognition events
  • Working with an exciting, diverse team who loves the arts

OPPORTUNITIES

The Arts Center depends on volunteers to support a variety of departments and activities, from 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 help:

ADMINISTRATIVE/LIBRARY VOLUNTEER


As an Administrative Volunteer, you assist the Arts Center staff with daily operational tasks and office support. Some volunteer tasks include office work and other related tasks depending on department placement. Administrative volunteers work intimately with Arts Center staff and personnel. Library Volunteers are needed to work shifts on a regular basis. Must be at least 16-years-old to apply. 

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 selling concessions, taking tickets and distributing playbills during public performances. Must at least 14-years-old to apply. Younger students may be approved for service if accompanied by an adult. Additional complimentary tickets can be earned with minimum volunteer hours during a run of one show. 

DOCENT PROGRAM


Our docents are trained in delivering state-of-the-art educational tours. Successful applicants to the docent program commit to give tours to groups, exhibit strong interpersonal skills, and participate in continuing education. To apply to this program, contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly at 501-396-0376 or email volunteers@arkansasartscenter.org. Must be at least 18-years-old to apply. 

EVENT SUPPORT


Discover your inner host or bartender while assisting during Arts Center special receptions and preview events. Event support volunteers play an essential role and must have positive customer service skills. This opportunity is perfect for those available primarily on evenings and weekends. Must be at least 16-years-old to apply. Must be 21 or older to serve alcohol. 

EXHIBITIONS 


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. Must have positive customer service skills. Must be at least 14-years-old to apply. 

MUSEUM SCHOOL

Do you love making art and helping others? We have teaching assistant opportunities in the Museum School for camps, family art activities and special events. Must be at least 16-years-old to apply. Must be 18 or older to volunteer in camps and kids classes.

MUSEUM SHOP

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. Must have positive customer service skills. Must be at least 16-years-old to apply. 

PHOTOGRAPHY VOLUNTEER


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 to volunteers@arkansasartscenter.org for consideration. Must be at least 16-years-old to apply.

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 thought of yet. Submit a project proposal 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!

CONTACT US

Deanna Ahern, Volunteer and Education Coordinator

Office: 501-396-0376

Email Deanna Ahern

Complete an application online and get started today!

Hours: Tues - Sat 10 AM - 5 PM | Sun 11 AM - 5 PM      Address: 9th & Commerce / MacArthur Park, P.O. Box 2137, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-2137      Phone: 501.372.4000

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