Volunteer at TAM
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Volunteer at TAM!
Tacoma Art Museum is on a mission to connect people through art. Come share your passion for the arts and community with us!
- Docent (Tour Guides)
- TAM Studio
- Community Events
- And more!
Join the Team!
- Must be age 16+
- Fill out an online application
- Attend an Interview
- Complete a Background Check
- Attend Orientation
- Sign up for shifts!
Now accepting applications! Training starts October 3
Docents lead conversation-based tours to inspire creative thinking and empower visitors to draw personal meaning from original works of art. Docents are critical in fulfilling the museum’s mission to connect people through art and serve the diverse communities of the Northwest. TAM’s docents participate in ongoing training related to exhibitions and educational best practices. Museum educators, curators, and scholars introduce docents to strategies for engaging visitors in robust conversation, close-looking, and creativity.
TAM Docents Are:
- Enthusiastic about connecting people through art
- Available to volunteer days, evenings and weekends for adult tours and gallery activities
- Willing to dedicate and contribute to TAM for a minimum of one year
- Able to attend monthly training (1st Wednesday, 1 – 3 p.m. or 1st Thursday, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.), participate in research and other learning opportunities
“After a very long time in the docent program, I still find it exciting and stimulating to add to my art history education and share our exhibitions with visitors. You are continually learning and supplementing your knowledge as a docent.” –Sue Stibbe, Docent
“I learn and see something new each time I go to TAM, not only from the training, but also from our visitors, each of whom has a unique perspective on the art they are experiencing.”
– Judi Keyser, Docent
TAM Studio Volunteer
Share your love of art in the new TAM Studio! TAM Studio is the museum’s free art-making space for visitors with children. TAM Studio volunteers also help maintain the supplies and tidy the workstations as needed. Successful TAM Studio volunteers 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.
Community Event Volunteer
Share in our success by helping with programs such as lectures, community festivals, and exhibition 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 needed.
Contribute valuable skills by assisting different departments at TAM. Depending on your interest, there is something for every volunteer. Including preparing mailings, behind the scenes event prep and delivering marketing materials to the community. Successful administrative volunteers are detail orientated, enjoy working behind the scenes and available to volunteer when needed.