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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 such as the Latino Cultural Center and 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 the event.

There are also opportunities for Community Engagement volunteers during DMA Late Nights. These volunteers assist visitors registering for the DMA Friends program.

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this opportunity, and we ask that you volunteer for a minimum of one shift per month. 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 an application and return it to rmartin@DMA.org.

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 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday 6:00-9:00 p.m., and selected Fridays 6:00 p.m.-midnight.

We are currently accepting applications for C3 volunteers. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age to participate. To be considered for this opportunity, please complete an application  and return it to rmartin@DMA.org. Applications are due Friday, January 10. Volunteers must attend a mandatory volunteer orientation on Saturday, January 25, from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

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 two 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.

Go van Gogh® school volunteers lead experiences in Dallas elementary 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. In addition, volunteers are asked to commit to presenting programs two mornings a month during the school year.

We are currently accepting applications for Go van Gogh® summer outreach volunteers. If you would like to be considered for our Go van Gogh® summer library program or the 2014-2015 Go van Gogh® school outreach volunteer opportunity, please complete an application and return it to rmartin@DMA.org.  Go van Gogh® summer outreach volunteer applications are due Friday, May 9.


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 year 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, but we ask that all docents commit to remaining in the program for a minimum of two years. Docents attend weekly trainings every Monday from 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. If you would like to be considered for the next docent class, please complete an application and return it to rmartin@dma.org.

Teen Docents

The DMA Teen Docent program provides opportunities for high school students to initiate and deepen their relationship with the Dallas Museum of Art. 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 summer tours and assist with Museum activities.

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. All teen docents are required to work one full day per week for a minimum of four weeks and up to seven weeks. Shifts are Tuesday-Friday 10:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m., June 16-August 8.

Applicants must be available for training Monday, June 9, and Tuesday, June 10, if selected.

To be considered for a 2014 teen docent opportunity, request an application from Rhiannon Martin rmartin@DMA.org and return the completed application no later than Friday, May 2, 2014.

Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages at the Dallas Museum of Art 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.

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer for this program. All Arts & Letters volunteers are required to sign-up for a minimum of four programs and must work at least two book signings.

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

If you are interested in being an Arts & Letters Live volunteer, please complete an application and return it to rmartin@dma.org.