More than a thousand committed people volunteer to help the Cleveland Museum of Art serve our visitors and operate the campus each and every year. Volunteer contributions range from staffing the information desk and helping prepare special events to working at the annual Parade the Circle, serving as docents for school groups, and assisting in curatorial projects. These volunteers include high school students to college interns, community leaders to retirees. The common thread is that they all share a commitment to this museum and community and bring their unique skills and talents to bear on both.
Please email volunteer [at] clevelandart [dot] 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.
Street Team—Engaging the community
The Communications & Marketing Department is looking for gregarious volunteers to represent the museum at various events around town. Your task would be to engage event attendees at off-site venues while offering information regarding museum programs and events. If you are enthusiastic about the museum and want to tell people about it, this opportunity is likely a good fit! We are looking for self-motivated individuals who would enjoy assisting at a variety of venues around town. Training provided.
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 13 and Sunday, September 14, 2014
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 7, 2014 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!
Gallery One offers an important and meaningful introduction to the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art. Gallery Hosts working in Gallery One have the responsibility of interacting with and encouraging visitors to explore the fusion of art and technology, while also supporting education staff who maintain the Studio Play area. The most important role of the Gallery Host is to help create a comfortable and welcoming environment for visitors.
In the Main Gallery, hosts greet visitors and help them to navigate through the space and its various interactive elements. Hosts are trained to facilitate casual conversations with visitors about the art.
Gallery Host training will take place October 22nd and 29th from 6–8 p.m. Applicants must conduct an on-site interview. If interested please contact Liz Pim at lpim [at] clevelandart [dot] org or (216) 707-2593 by October 15th. Active Gallery Hosts volunteer four hours each month.
John Luther Adams—Veils and Vesper Volunteer Host
Presented by the Cleveland Museum of Art at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ohio City, Veils and Vesper is an ongoing immersive sound installation. Volunteer hosts greet visitors and disseminate information about the installation and the venue. Hosts will fill two-hour shifts over the course of the installation. If interested please contact Michael McKay at mmckay [at] clevelandart [dot] org or (216) 707-2284.
See schedule of available shifts here