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The Art Experience Volunteer assists Art Center staff with a variety of functions. Roles include greeting visitors, event support, and promotion.

There may be opportunities to assist with research, member appreciation, or clerical work. All Art Experience Volunteers make a one-year commitment. They must complete volunteer orientation and any related training.

Interested in volunteer opportunities with the Des Moines Art Center? Please complete our online volunteer application.

VOLUNTEER Application

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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.

Contact Manager of Membership and Volunteer Initiatives Julia Mason Gray for general inquiries. 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

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