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Volunteer with Tacoma Art Museum 

You love art, we love art. What a perfect match!
Get behind-the-scenes access to Tacoma Art Museum and share your love and enthusiasm for art with others. Volunteer at the museum and you can become part of our mission to connect people through art.

As a volunteer, you’ll explore new areas of interest, meet stimulating people, get involved with Tacoma's cultural community, attend social and educational events, and learn marketable skills. 

Volunteer hours are available on both a regular and on-call basis during weekdays and weekends. Most opportunities are during the day, but some evening hours are also available.

Current volunteers can log in to their volunteer account by clicking here.

What do you like to do?

School Tour Educator Intern position available here.
Marketing and Communications Intern position available here.


Complete an online application. For more information, contact 253.272.4258 ext 30 or volunteer@TacomaArtMuseum.org.

All Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative Volunteers
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of Tacoma Art Museum and learn professional skills along the way. Provide general clerical and administrative support to the staff. Assist with mailings, research projects, filing, data entry, and other office needs. Do you have special skills you’d like to share with us? Let us know.

Successful administrative volunteers are dedicated, reliable, and independent people who want to work closely with staff to successfully steward projects to completion. They are comfortable working in an office environment and are available during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Some volunteer opportunities may require good manual dexterity, computer literacy, and the ability to organize materials alphabetically and numerically. Projects can be on-call or on a set schedule, depending on your interests and strengths.

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Art Resource Center Attendant
Gain insider access to an extensive library of art publications and be an invaluable resource for visitor and staff research projects.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Art Resource Center (ARC) is Tacoma Art Museum's library devoted to all aspects of art. Welcome visitors to the ARC and help them find books, journals, and other reference materials, all catalogued according to the Library of Congress system. You will also help catalog reference materials and provide research assistance for requests from across the country and sometimes around the world!

Successful ARC volunteers have an appetite for knowledge and a high interest in assisting with research projects for both staff and visitors. These volunteers pay very close attention to detail and organization. They also communicate well with staff, other volunteers, and visitors. This position requires good manual dexterity, computer literacy, and the ability to organize materials alphabetically and numerically.

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Classroom Aide
Assist art instructors in classes and workshops for adults, children, and families. Be on hand to help the educator or guest artist present successful lessons. By teaching students, you’ll also learn new and creative skills.  

Successful classroom aides love to learn new things and are effective at sharing this knowledge with others. They are helpful and courteous to people of all ages and backgrounds and understand the different stages of development for various age groups. Prior art-making experience and/or a familiarity with various art media are helpful but not required.

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Docent (Tour Guide)
Being a docent is an art lover’s dream. Docents gain an insightful look into each of Tacoma Art Museum’s exhibitions through our extensive training program. Learn about every new show directly from the curators and access the museum's research library to find out even more. Spend time in the galleries, share your knowledge with adult tour groups, and answer visitor questions about the museum and exhibitions.

This program requires participation in the Docent Program, an additional application process, and specialized ongoing training. (Chihuly tour guides are also included in this program.)

Successful docents enjoy sharing their knowledge with individuals and groups of people. Docents enjoy working with adults from a variety of backgrounds and with various capabilities and treat all visitors with grace and flexibility. They are self-motivated to perform outside research and writing and are comfortable speaking in front of small groups. Prior knowledge of art history, art-making experience, and/or a familiarity with various art media are helpful but not required.

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Museum Store Specialist
Greet visitors and sell store merchandise and museum memberships. Answer questions about current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, and promote a positive museum experience for all visitors. Ensure that the store is clean, organized, and well-maintained.

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Open Art Studio Attendant
Share your love of art in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Open Art Studio, one of the most popular destinations in the museum. Guide visitors of all ages through hands-on art making activities. From the acrylics and watercolors in the art suitcases to the rotating art projects inspired by the current exhibitions, art projects in the Open Art Studio can help inspire children and adults to create something wonderful. And you can help! Open Art Studio volunteers also help maintain the supplies and tidy the workstations as needed. 

Successful Open Art Studio attendants want to share their enthusiasm for art with people of all ages. They understand the different stages of development for various age groups and can communicate effectively with visitors. These volunteers have an eye for detail and are self-motivated.

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School Tour Educator Intern
This appointment is for the academic school year or one school term, with a minimum of 4 hours per week. Applicants must have availability during school tour hours (Wednesday–Friday, 9:30 am–3 pm).

Lead scheduled school tour groups through gallery lessons intended to support student development in verbal and visual literacy, math, and other subject areas. Lead art-making lessons directly related to concepts covered in gallery tour portion. Become knowledgeable about school tour curricula and museum exhibitions and stay current with education best practices through a combination of self-study, observation of fellow educators, and participation in regular training sessions. Participate in the development and assessment of school tour curricula and assist in the evaluation and documentation of the program.

Successful School Tour Educator Interns enjoy learning about art and sharing their knowledge with groups of students, while striving to help make a difference in young lives. School Tour Educator Interns enjoy working with students from a variety of backgrounds and with various capabilities and treat all visitors with grace, kindness, and flexibility. They are self-motivated to attend regular training, perform outside research and writing, and are comfortable speaking in front of groups of up to 80 people. Prior knowledge of art history, art-making experience, and/or teaching experience are helpful but not required.  

For detailed information click here.

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Special Event Volunteer
Share in our success by helping with programs such as lectures, community festivals, and season-opening celebrations. Depending on your strengths and interests, there is a volunteer position for you. Assist in setup, serve refreshments and food, hand out materials, greet visitors, take tickets, and answer questions. Seating is available for some special-event volunteer opportunities.

Successful special-event volunteers share their positive energy with visitors to ensure that everyone has a great time. They are flexible, self-motivated and willing to lend a hand wherever it’s needed.

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Visitor Services Specialist
Assist Tacoma Art Museum visitors and orient them to the building. Answer questions about current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, and direct visitors to other area attractions. Preserve and protect art for future generations while spending time in the galleries and engaging with visitors.

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