Art Lovers: The DIA Needs You

Volunteer paradise for art lovers in the Metro Detroit area is now taking applications for volunteers to lend a helping hand at one of Detroit’s historic gems- the Detroit Institute of Arts. With one of the top art collections in the U.S. made up of creative and classic pieces from a diverse group of artists from all over the world, the DIA gives volunteers the chance of a lifetime to shape and influence visitor experiences.

Unlike some volunteering programs, this one requires commitment, training and is quite intensive. Responsibilities and duties depend on which of the 6 committees you choose to join, but each requires a level of dedication, enthusiasm, and a love for art considering the intensity of the positions. Below are the six committees that make up the Volunteer Council:

Gallery Service: Interact with visitors right in the midst of the art galleries as a gallery service volunteer offering assistance and a warm welcome.

Gallery Information: As the sources of museum information, gallery information volunteers answer visitor questions, inquiries, and make sure to point them in the right direction.

Museum Shop: If you love retail in addition to art, the museum shop is the perfect place for you to dedicate your DIA volunteer time. You will have the opportunity to help visitors purchase the right keepsakes that will best capture their experience at the museum. 

DFT Ushers: Fridays thru Sundays ushers of the Detroit Film Theater host guests in the DIA auditorium seating and greeting them, and making sure they are comfortable and have assistance if needed.

Staff Aides: If you are more interested in the administrative aspect of volunteering this is the perfect position. From making copies to assembling visitor packets, as a staff aid volunteer you’re able to enjoy the creative and artistic environment of the DIA while making a modest contribution to the flow of the museum.

Interpretive Programs Volunteer (IPV): Help visitors navigate through the museum by being their tour guide directing them through the galleries. Also in this position, you get a chance to participate in outreach programs in the community on behalf of the DIA.  Recruitment for this program is currently underway and applications will be accepted through August 1, 2015.

For more information about the volunteering opportunities at the DIA feel free to visit their website, or contact the Volunteer Services Department at 313-494-5221 Tuesday – Sunday.