More than a thousand committed people volunteer to help the Cleveland Museum of Art serve our visitors and operate the campus each year. Volunteer contributions range from staffing the information desk and helping prepare special events to working at the annual Parade the Circle. They also include serving as docents for school groups and assisting with curatorial projects. These volunteers range from high school students to college interns, community leaders to retirees. The common thread is that they all share a commitment to this museum and the community, and bring their unique skills and talents to bear on both.
Please email volunteer [at] clevelandart.org for more information regarding the volunteer opportunities listed here. Thank you!
The place to be on the first Friday of every month is at a MIX at CMA event. These themed-based happy hour events feature nationally and internationally acclaimed musical performers and DJs, dancing, cocktails, and gallery tours. The evening begins at 5:00 p.m. and kicks off the weekend for thousands of Clevelanders each month! Volunteers are needed to greet and direct attendees.
If you enjoy world-class music, performance, and film, this opportunity might be something for you. A seasonal listing will be sent to you so you can sign up for what best fits your schedule. Volunteers are asked to offer their assistance for at least six programs per year. Free tickets are available for active ushers. Training provided.
If you would like to volunteer during our busy exhibition times, you might want to consider signing up as an Exhibition Volunteer. Duties include hosting at exhibition events and assisting with the audio tours and/or assisted listening devices. Active Exhibition Volunteers receive free exhibition tickets.
Outgoing individuals are needed in the Museum Store. A customer service or retail background is desirable. Volunteers are asked to assist on a weekly basis.
Your job would involve intercepting our Museum visitors for the purpose of conducting an interview or survey. This intercept gives visitors the opportunity to share their thoughts and experience while here at the Museum. Surveys and interviews are conducted frequently during special exhibitions.
Chalk Festival on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 2015
Individuals, families, schools, and neighborhood groups are all invited to participate at this Community Arts event. Featured chalk artists will demonstrate their creativity to a captive audience and the sounds of musical groups Moko Bovo and Gato’s Gullah Gumbo will be heard throughout the event. Volunteers are needed to assist check-in at our registration table, help direct participants to their squares, and sell t-shirts and posters. Guaranteed fun for everyone! Free parking provided in the museum garage.
Winter Lights Lantern Festival and Annual UCI Holiday Circle Fest
On Sunday, December 6, 2015 volunteers may take part in the fun and excitement of our annual Winter Lights Lantern Festival by helping visitors make lanterns in our family workshops, greet visitors in the lobby, assist as way finders, and help at the volunteer sign in table or the lantern ticket table. 60 volunteers are needed to help make this event a success.
Parade the Circle
For more than 25 years, on the second Saturday in June, the Cleveland Museum of Art has been bringing this FREE signature summer event to Greater Cleveland. University Circle comes alive with color, music, and art for all ages. International and national guest artists join Greater Cleveland artists, families, schools, and community groups in a spectacular display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt-dancers, handmade masks, and colorful floats. Circle Village, which includes activities, entertainment, and food, is presented by University Circle Inc. Approximately 100 volunteers are needed to help make this day a success!
School Tour Docent
Are you interested in working with children, learning about object-based teaching, and interacting with artworks at the CMA? School tour docents provide student-centered, interactive tours of CMA’s collection to K-12 students visiting the museum.
Apprentice docents are required to attend training sessions (held during the week day hours) scheduled from August 2017 through May 2018, followed by model teaching and shadowing experiences. Apprentice docents will be expected to begin giving in tours in Fall 2018. The total time commitment during the first year of training is approximately 8-10 hours a month.
Interested volunteers should complete a volunteer profile no later than June 1, 2017 and email it to volunteer [at] clevelandart.org ( volunteer [at] clevelandart.org). Selected candidates will be invited to the museum for a brief interview prior to beginning training.