Go van Gogh
Go van Gogh® Summer Outreach Program
If you love working with children, have a passion for art, and want to give back to the community, Go van Gogh® is the volunteer program for you! Go van Gogh summer outreach volunteers lead experiences in Dallas-area public libraries, recreation centers, and boys & girls clubs that encourage students to look closely at works of art and express their creativity through art-making activities.
Summer programs are one hour in length and consist of an interactive presentation featuring images from the Museum's collection followed by a hands-on art activity. Programs are scheduled Monday–Friday at either 10:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. at sites across Dallas. Summer outreach volunteers are expected to team teach two programs per month from June to mid-August. Supply pick-up and drop-off will be coordinated in advance of each program. Volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from program sites. Bilingual language skills are a plus, but are not required to participate; however, volunteers should be prepared to use some Spanish vocabulary words as part of the lesson plan. Previous experience teaching or working with children ages 6 to 12 strongly recommended.
Interested volunteers must attend two mandatory training sessions on Friday, June 1, and Friday, June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in order to participate. A one-hour lunch break is included. All Go van Gogh volunteers must undergo a two-part screening process including free DISD volunteer registration and a $17 self-paid background check through Verified Volunteers.
Please click here to apply. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 18. If you have questions about the Go van Gogh volunteer program, please email volunteers@DMA.org. Recruitment for the 2018–2019 school year will begin in late May.
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. We will begin accepting applications for the next New Docent class in April 2019. Please contact Lindsay O'Connor at loconnor@DMA.org if you have any questions.
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 with young children. You must be at least 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade or equivalent to be eligible for this opportunity.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 Teen Ambassador Program until April 29. You may apply online here. If you have any questions regarding the Teen Ambassador Program, please email teens@DMA.org.
Teen Advisory Council
The Teen Advisory Council, or TAC for short, is a group of highly motivated high school students who help shape the direction of how the Museum engages with youth audiences. Members of the council develop innovative interdisciplinary programming for Museum visitors of all ages, and serve as ambassadors for the Museum to the community. Being a TAC member is an opportunity to develop leadership, project management, and hands-on facilitation skills, as well as work directly with museum professionals. Teen Advisory Council members commit to attending two Thursday evening planning meetings a month and volunteering at hosted events at least once a month from September 2016 to June 2017.
We are not accepting applications at this time. If you have any questions regarding the Teen Advisory Council, please email teens@DMA.org.
DMA Ambassadors have a passion for the Dallas Museum of Art and their community. These volunteers welcome new audiences to the DMA and build awareness of Museum opportunities, programs, and initiatives while at the Museum and out in the community. Ideally, DMA Ambassadors will have an interest in programming for all ages, including adults and families.
Primary responsibilities of this opportunity include serving as a representative of the DMA at off-site events, helping Visitor Services and Membership teams at monthly Late Night events, and assisting with special projects such as exhibition preview days and Kids Club events.
You must be at least 18 years of age to participate as a DMA Ambassador and be able to commit to volunteering for a period of one year. Bilingual language skills are a plus but not required.
We are not currently accepting applications for DMA Ambassadors. If you have any questions about the DMA Ambassador program, email volunteers@DMA.org.
Center for Creative Connections (C3)
We seek applicants who enjoy engaging with the public! Volunteers with the Center for Creative Connections (C3) greet visitors, answer visitor questions, and provide information on the Museum's collection, programs, and activities. Volunteers also facilitate interactive educational experiences for visitors of all ages, which often include conversations with visitors about works of art and hands-on creative activities. In addition, volunteers help with the general upkeep of C3 by organizing and maintaining gallery spaces and preparing program and activity supplies.
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 have the opportunity to attend training sessions throughout the year. Volunteers are expected to 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. Volunteers with weekday morning and afternoon availability are preferred.
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 this opportunity. If you have questions about the Arts & Letters Live volunteer program or would like more information, email volunteers@DMA.org.