Performing Arts Volunteer Opportunities

Performing arts volunteers help bring live cultural experiences to Springfield and the surrounding area. Volunteers are involved with various aspects of a non-profit arts organization and receive extensive training on customer service skills and event details.

Ushers greet patrons, seat them and ensure that events run smoothly from doors open to curtains down. These volunteers must be comfortable standing for extended periods of time and follow CPPAC policies and procedures.

Musicians

Many people who love to sing or play an instrument can benefit the community by volunteering their time at a performing arts organization. By volunteering, you can help raise funds for a charity or nonprofit that you are passionate about and use your performance skills to spread the word.

Art and music are a necessary part of a well-rounded education but in some areas, it is not a priority within the school system. As an arts and music volunteer, you can help to provide young students with the educational opportunities they need to develop their creative potential and grow as individuals.

You can also take your musical passion to new heights as a music therapy volunteer, helping to improve mental health in disadvantaged communities. Immerse yourself in the culture of Brazil as a Carnival volunteer, learn to drum or play xylophone with West African masters, or rediscover your musical talents as an intern with a foundation that offers music therapy and education to people with disabilities.

Actors

Besides working on productions, theatre companies need volunteers to help with many other areas of the theatre. This is a great way to further your theatre skills and get involved with the community while doing something you enjoy.

Lobby Greeter – Meet and greet patrons as they enter the theater during the hour prior to a performance. This is a great volunteer opportunity for those who love to talk to people and make them feel welcome.

Set Construction/Painting – Do you have woodworking or painting skills? This is a great opportunity to see your work come to life on stage! Volunteers in this area need to be available the entire run of a show and throughout tech week.

Lighting/Sound – This is a more hands on position that requires experience with lighting and sound equipment. This is a very time intensive job and you must be available for the entire run of a show as well as throughout tech week and rehearsals.

Educators

Educators with a passion for the arts can use their skills abroad to teach in community settings. For example, a volunteer who teaches dance at an after-school program can encourage children to explore their imaginations. Similarly, a volunteer who teaches music can help students develop their skills in subjects like math.

Many communities abroad lack instructors in the arts, particularly in fields like music. Volunteers who teach music can work in schools and with disadvantaged global populations, including disabled women who have trouble finding income for their families.

In addition to enhancing your own art skills, these experiences offer the opportunity to work with a new group of people and experience the world differently. Organizations that seek arts volunteers include the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum of Contemporary Art, and BRIC. Sculpture Center also welcomes volunteers to join the team and support their mission of promoting the work of local artists. Volunteer opportunities can include greeting museum visitors, providing office support and assisting with events and education programs.

Designers

Artists that love to design can volunteer for an art project abroad to express their skills in a different way. Volunteers may help prepare and hang exhibits for an arts festival or work with disabled students to coach drama groups.

Volunteers can get involved with the New York Neo-Futurists, a theater collective that creates “theater that is fusion of sport, poetry and living newspaper,” by working at the box office or as costumers, set builders or actors. Other performing arts volunteering opportunities include tour guides, program assistants and greeters at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens or at The Workhouse (training required).

Those who like to interact with people will enjoy helping out at special events such as public art exhibitions or festivals. Tour guides for an art festival also receive training in art interpretation to help them engage in discussions with the general public. Other responsibilities include assisting at special community projects or cleaning up local parks and schools.

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