There are many ways to volunteer at the Des Moines Art Center throughout the year. General roles include greeting visitors, event support, and promotion.

If you are interested in volunteering and would like to receive information on upcoming volunteer opportunities, please fill out the volunteer form below.



Join a Member Group

Advisory Committee

The Art Center has three member groups: Art Noir, Print Club, and Salon 4700. Event programming for each group is designed by dedicated volunteers. They are known as Advisory Committee members. They are selected to share knowledge and deepen the membership experience for others. Visit the member group pages for current opportunities.

Member group Advisory Committees volunteers must be current members of the Art Center. They must also be an active member of the group they wish to serve. Appointees typically make one- to two-year commitments.

Des Moines Art Center docents are a group of dedicated volunteers who welcome and guide more than 19,000 visitors annually.

A “docent” is a knowledgeable guide. The term often refers to someone who volunteers at a museum. Our docents lead tours at the museum and the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The Docent Program requires two years of training. Additionally, there is a commitment to attend weekly classes led by art experts.

Become A Docent