Volunteer

Teaching Programs 

Go van Gogh

Go van Gogh® school outreach volunteers lead experiences in Dallas elementary school classrooms that encourage students to look closely at works of art in the Museum's collection and make a creative expression. Mandatory training sessions take place from September through February on selected Friday mornings. In addition, volunteers must be 18 years of age and are asked to commit to presenting programs two mornings a month during the school year.

We are not currently accepting applications for Go van Gogh® volunteers. Please check back in spring 2015 for application information or contact acopeland@DMA.org to be placed on a list of interested applicants. 

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 are not currently accepting applications for the Docent Program. Please check back in spring of 2015 for application information or contact jrose@DMA.org to be placed on a list of interested applicants. 

Teen Docents

The DMA Teen Docent Program provides opportunities for high school students to initiate and deepen their relationship with the DMA. Teen docents conduct summer tours for young visitors (ages 5-12) and assist with DMA family programs. Qualified students are invited to train as teen docents and eventually facilitate tours and assist with Museum activities during the summer. Teen docents also have the opportunity to assist with DMA Late Nights and various programs for family audiences throughout the year.

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 not currently accepting applications for the Teen Docent Program. Please check back in spring of 2015 for application information or contact jrose@DMA.org to be placed on a list of interested applicants.

 

Public Programs

 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.

We are currently accepting applications for Community Engagement volunteers. To be considered for this opportunity, please complete a volunteer application for Public Programs and return it to rmartin@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 not currently accepting applications for Arts & Letters Live volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for our 2016 season, please contact rmartin@DMA.org to be placed on a list of interested applicants.

Center for Creative Connections (C3) 

The Center for Creative Connections (C3) is an experimental, dynamic learning environment that provides interactive encounters with works of art and artists. C3 volunteers greet visitors entering the space, answer questions, and help personalize their Museum experience by providing information on the Museum’s collection, programs, and activities. In addition, volunteers manage the C3 space by organizing and maintaining the area and observing visitor flow. Volunteers also lead activities in the galleries and assist with special events.

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. Three-hour shifts are available Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., and select Fridays 6:00 p.m.-midnight.

We are not currently accepting applications for C3 volunteers. Please check back in January 2015 for application information or contact rmartin@DMA.org to be placed on a list of interested applicants.