Performing Arts Volunteer Opportunities
Performing arts volunteer opportunities offer individuals a unique and exciting way to support their favorite arts organizations. These organizations are always looking for determined volunteers with enthusiasm and dedication to the arts.
Ushers welcome audiences and ensure events run smoothly from doors open to curtain down. Ushers are trained in customer service skills and safety and security measures.
If you have organizational skills, enjoy working with people and are a good troubleshooter, you might consider a role in a theatre’s box office or house management team. These teams are responsible for calculating ticket sales to balance the books after each performance, reserving “house seats” set aside for cast members and other staff, assisting patrons in finding their tickets or providing ADA accommodations, and handling emergencies. At larger theatres, house management and box office workers may be paid employees or part-time contractors.
The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens preserves the home of jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Volunteers are vital to the museum’s mission and help with tours, program assistance, and as greeters. Art21 is an international nonprofit organization that inspires people to take action in the world of contemporary art and culture. Volunteers help make its video library accessible in their native language and assist with festivals, one-day opportunities and other events.
Some volunteer roles may require a bit more in-depth training before volunteers are fully prepared to start their work. Depending on the role, training may be provided during an online orientation or in-person sessions at the organization. Training may cover topics such as how to check people in to an event, the logistics of an organizational calendar, or responsibility-specific how-tos.
It is important for training to be aligned with the responsibilities of the role. This way, it is easy for volunteers to understand what they need to know before they take on the task. Training should also provide a strong sense of what the goal is for their work, and how it fits into the larger mission of the organization.
All of these benefits make volunteer training a worthwhile endeavor for both the organization and the volunteer. Then, once the training has taken place, it is important to give volunteers a clear understanding of their new responsibilities and to celebrate their work. Providing a simple thank you can go a long way toward building trust and encouraging future volunteerism. Consider physical, personalized thank yous like a $10 gift card or even a personal phone call from the volunteer trainer. It shows that the organization is invested in its volunteers and their success.