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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 Performer for Roman Ondak’s, Good Feelings in Good Times (2003)

We are seeking volunteers to wait in line for one hour for nothing in particular to happen, with no particular purpose. In this participatory piece by Roman Ondak (Slovakia, b. 1966), an artificially created queue is formed. This may be in a spot where it would make sense for people to line up or it could be in an unexpected but not totally irrelevant location. At once light-hearted and Kafkaesque, Good Feelings in Good Times touches on a universal experience that evokes feelings of boredom, frustration, and camaraderie in the face of an anonymous bureaucracy. As the artist describes, “I became interested in the phenomenon of the queue because it is very unstable, but on the other hand it shows a very strong sense of participation…” Even if you are not queuing, you are participating as you are facing your memories of queues in the past.” Activations of this piece will periodically happen, unannounced (to visitors), throughout the show for one hour at a time.

Schedule: Per the artist’s instructions, audiences will encounter this piece by chance. The schedule for this performance will be April – July 2020.

Participant requirements: The first hour of the shift will be prep and instruction time. The second hour will be the performance time (activation time). There are no restrictions on who can participate in this work. Accessibility accommodations can be made for those unable to stand for the one-hour duration of the activation.

Photographs may be taken for internal documentation of the performances. By participating in either of these works, you are consenting to being photographed

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 volunteer@walkerart.org.

Volunteer Performer 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.

Schedule: 

The schedule for this performance will be April – July 2020.

Participant requirements: The first hour of the shift will be prep and instruction time. The remaining part of the shift will be the performance time (activation time). 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.

Photographs may be taken for internal documentation of the performances. By participating in either of these works, you are consenting to being photographed

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 volunteer@walkerart.org.

Volunteer for Rock the Garden 2020

Rock the Garden is our largest volunteer event of the year and we recruit nearly 500 volunteers for this spectacular one-day event! Volunteers help make Rock the Garden happen through filling shifts for the beverage tents, entrances, green team, ADA platforms attendant, and substitutes.

Recruitment for our general volunteers for Rock the Garden 2020 will begin on Tuesday, March 10th at 10:00 AM on our scheduling website, Shiftboard. To get started as a new volunteer, please fill out a Shiftboard application. Rock the Garden shifts tend get picked up very quickly once they are posted so we recommend filling out an application so we can process it before March 10th.

If you have any questions about volunteering for Rock the Garden 2020, just send an email to volunteerRTG@walkerart.org

YEAR ROUND OPPORTUNITIES

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 volunteer@walkerart.org or call 612.253.3559.