Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with the Walker Art Center. When you donate your time and your talents to the Walker, you’re not only making an important contribution to the arts community but also learning new skills and making new friends in the arts.
Current Recruitment Opportunities
Volunteer Performers for Franz Erhard Walther’s Definierter Ort, beweglich Ziele (Defined Place, Mobile Targets) (1984):
For this piece, we are seeking volunteers to stand within the sculpture against a wall. Throughout his artistic career, Franz Erhard Walther (German, b. 1939) has explored topics related to the body, sculpture, architecture, and the concept of action. Walther understands the artwork as an act of communication, a “sculptural action in space.” As such, time, body, language, and memory become the building blocks of his sculptural actions. This piece is activated by a live performer who stands within the sculpture against the wall.
The schedule for this performance will be May-August 2021.
The first half hour of the shift will be prep and instruction time. The remaining part of the shift will be the performance time (activation time) of one hour. All volunteers must be able to wear a mask for the full duration of your shift, no exceptions. There are no restrictions on who can participate in this piece. Accessibility accommodations can be made for those unable to stand for the duration of the activation.
These shifts are all eligible for our Volunteer Rewards program. Plus, as an added perk, all volunteers get a free gallery admission on the day of their shift.
Eben Kowler is the project manager for these performances. If you have any questions feel free to email Eben at Eben.Kowler@walkerart.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs may be taken for internal documentation of the performances. By participating in this volunteer opportunity, you are consenting to being photographed.
If you are interested in participating in this opportunity and are a new volunteer, please fill out a Shiftboard application to get started.
YEAR ROUND OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteer ushers are utilized to help support our Performing Arts, Moving Image, Design, and Education events. Volunteer tasks include distributing programs, scanning tickets, directing and seating patrons, and performing light cleaning of the theater after screenings.
The Walker Art Center seeks volunteers to contribute to Walker programming by greeting patrons, providing program information and way-finding through the building, monitoring attendees for safety and accessibility concerns and providing exceptional customer service.
Assist with the Walker Art Center’s bi-annual exhibition-opening preview parties. Volunteers contribute to this event in a number of capacities including welcoming event attendees while scanning tickets and handing out programs, assisting with coat check, and helping to facilitate an art making activity.
ROCK THE GARDEN
Become one of more than 500 volunteers that make this zero waste sell-out rock show (co-presented with 89.3 The Current) a success. Volunteers can assist in a variety of ways including support at entrance gates, beverage tents, with the recycling green team, and more.
Volunteer Information Guides create a friendly, welcoming environment and assist in creating a unique and customized visitor experience for each person they engage. Duties include greeting visitors and providing them with information regarding exhibitions, programs, and events; directing visitors to amenities; presenting visitors with general overview of the architecture of the Walker Art Center. This volunteer position hires seasonally and is interview based.
FREE FIRST SATURDAY
The Walker Art Center utilizes volunteers to assist with this free family event every first Saturday of the month from 10 am–3 pm. Responsibilities include greeting visitors, handing out programs, providing directions, assisting with the art-making activities, keeping art supplies well-stocked, and assisting with clean-up or tear down of workshop spaces. Volunteers must enjoy working with children (ages 4–10) and be able to stand for 2–3 hour periods. This opportunity recruits volunteers on an as needed basis. We are not currently recruiting at this time.
SENSORY FRIENDLY SUNDAY
Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event at the Walker for kids, teens and adults with sensory processing differences or Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Volunteers will have a myriad of tasks, including greeting visitors, distributing fidgets, assisting with art making projects, surveying, and floating. This opportunity recruits volunteers on an as needed basis. We are not currently recruiting at this time.
How to apply
All scheduling for Walker volunteer shifts is done through a scheduling website called Shiftboard. To get started as a new volunteer, please fill out a Shiftboard application to create a new account.
Once your Shiftboard application is received you’ll receive an email that will detail the next steps for an online orientation. Your Shiftboard account will be activated once you have completed the online orientation and quiz.
For more information please send an email to the Walker’s Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or call 612.253.3559.