We need you!
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art cannot fully serve the public without the strong support of our volunteers. UMOCA’s Volunteer Program is a great way to interact with the community and expand your knowledge of both the local and national contemporary art scenes, as well as the daily functions of an art museum. Schedules are flexible and there are no minimum monthly hours to fulfill. UMOCA provides parking during volunteer shifts and volunteers who assist 40 hours or more a year will receive a Minimalist level membership.
UMOCA Volunteer Position Descriptions
Gallery Attendant: If you enjoy interacting with the public and spending time among the exhibits, this is the position for you! Some of our exhibits are interactive and higher maintenance, and require an extra hand to patrol the galleries to answer guests’ questions, help interaction with the artwork, and ensure all pieces are functioning properly. Gallery attendants monitor the interactive art pieces, do regular walk-throughs to check each artwork in the galleries, and keep a watchful eye to ensure that guests do not touch the non-interactive artworks – you ensure the safety of the artwork! Between greeting patrons and answering questions about the exhibitions, volunteers are welcome to have a seat and read a book. No lifting required. Four to eight hour shifts, Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Special Events: Volunteers who work special events and exhibition openings assist with set up and tear down, act as crowd liaisons, provide information about the exhibitions to the public, and above all, have a great time working with the staff to make our events successful. Special events include: exhibition openings, art talks and lectures, films, and other special events and private party functions. These positions have flexible dates and hours, and no minimum monthly commitment is required.
Educational Programming: Volunteers with an enthusiasm for learning and teaching have the opportunity to assist educational programs for all ages. Programs include: – Family Art Saturday held the second Saturday of every month from 2-4 pm
– School and festival visits with our mobile gallery, the Art Truck
– UMOCA’s tent at the Utah Arts Festival Children’s Art Yard
– Aid with other programming such as lectures and panel discussions
These positions have flexible dates and hours, and no minimum monthly commitment is required. Experience with children and art a plus.
Gallery Preparation: Do you like more physical work such as patching and painting walls? As a gallery preparator your job is to assist with the installation of new exhibitions. These positions are available in between exhibitions, usually every two to three months, during the hours of 9 am and 6 pm. No minimum commitment is required. This is an ideal position for small groups. Wall painting or construction experience preferred.
Office/Administrative Assistance: This position is perfect for someone who is looking for a smaller commitment and enjoys getting out into the community. You will assist with mailings, flyer distribution, program research, and other tasks.
Locations: Most volunteer opportunities take place in the museum, but some are off-site, including the Utah Arts Festival at Library Square and Art Truck visits to various schools and festivals throughout the valley.