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Museum Teacher Program [Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum]

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is currently seeking a diverse group of individuals who share a love for teaching and art to join the Museum Teacher Program. A strong interest in open-ended teaching approaches, love of learning, desire to work with people of all ages and backgrounds, and strong communication skills are essential. Previous museum teaching experience or knowledge of art history is not necessary.

Museum Teachers are part of a dynamic community at the Gardner.  Trained by Education Department staff, Museum Teachers play a vital role in introducing the Gardner Museum and its collection to a wide variety of audiences through individualized, guided gallery experiences.  Using interactive teaching methods, they encourage close looking, facilitate discussion in the galleries, and help visitors make personally meaningful connections with the collection.

Interested applicants must attend a required information session on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 9:30-11:30 am. This is an opportunity to meet museum staff and current Museum Teachers, learn more about the program, and participate in small group gallery discussions.

Applications to the program are due Thursday, June 4, 2015. Follow up interviews with selected candidates will take place June 15-26. Beginning in October 2015, training classes will be held on Wednesday mornings.

Participation in a 10-month training program (starting in October 2015) is required, as is a 2-year commitment beyond the first training year.  The training includes learning about the collection from curators and other specialists, methods for object based teaching, strategies for facilitating inquiry and dialogue, and an introduction to theories of child and adult development. Once fully trained, museum teachers are asked to give five tours per month (or 60 tours per year), attend monthly meetings and continuing education trainings held throughout the year.

How To Apply:

To rsvp for the information session, receive an application, or request more information, please contact Leah Kandel at 617 278 5147 or via email at

Apply by:
June 04, 2015

About this Organization:
The Museum was the creation of Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) ‘for the education and enjoyment of the public forever.’ Since opening to the public in 1903, the Gardner has served as a center for ideas and life-long learning in its community – a tradition that is kept alive today through an array of interpretive, creative, educational, horticultural, artistic and scholarly programs.

Volunteer Docent (gallery educator) [Danforth Art]

Danforth Art Docents are dedicated volunteers who lead tours for Danforth Art visitors. Guided tours are interactive and docents help visitors make meaning of the artwork on view by facilitating discussions that encourage careful looking, critical thinking, and personal connections. By making the museum a comfortable and engaging environment for visitors young and old, Danforth Art Docents provide an invaluable service to Danforth Art and its community.

Accepted applicants are required to attend a New Docent Training Program beginning in the fall and meeting weekly on Wednesday afternoons through the spring.  Maintaining an active Danforth Art Membership is required of all Danforth Art Docents.  New Docents are asked to make at least a 2 year commitment to the program upon graduating the New Docent Training Program.  After graduation, Danforth Art Docents are expected to attend monthly training sessions and lead at least 10 tours annually.

How To Apply:
Visit for more information and application.  Applications are due by June 15.

Learn more by joining us for our Docent Open House!
Wednesday, May 13
1:00-2:00 p.m.

Meet Danforth Art Docents and staff, visit the museum galleries, and learn more about Danforth Art’s education programs

RSVP to or by calling 508-620-0050

Apply by:
June 15, 2015

Cambridge Arts Open Studios 2015 Call for Volunteers

Cambridge Arts is pleased to announce the 7th annual Cambridge Arts Open Studios, an event that showcases visual, performing and literary artists active in all neighborhoods of Cambridge. During one spectacular weekend in May 2015, more than 150 Cambridge based artists working in all media, will participate in this celebration of art at approximately 65 venues throughout the city.

Cambridge Arts is seeking volunteers to assist with operations during Cambridge Arts Open Studios, to take place Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th, 2015 between 12noon-6pm. Volunteers will serve as representatives of the Cambridge Arts Council and Cambridge Open Studios. Duties include common venue supervision, visitor directory, shuttle assistance, bike tours, and more.

Qualifications: Candidates must have an enthusiasm for community arts and engagement with the public. Ability to commit to one or two 3 hour shifts of volunteer time, two shifts preferred but not required.

Work Schedule: Saturday, May 9th and/or Sunday, May 10th between 12noon-3pm & 3pm- 6pm each day.  Shifts are 3 hours each, again volunteers are encouraged to work at least two shifts if possible.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with nonprofit and community events and to meet other artists.   Each volunteer will receive an invitation to our Volunteer Planning Pizza Party on Thursday, May 7th, where they will receive their assignments and also our culminating VIP Reception/Artist Meet & Greet for the Open Studios weekend on Thursday, May 14th.  

-interest in community outreach
-interest in the arts
How To Apply:
Please send your statement of interest, along with your availability on the days coverage is neededto:

  by April 30th

Rachel Shank
Volunteer Coordinator
Cambridge Arts Council
344 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139



Apply by:
April 30, 2015
About this Organization:
The Cambridge Arts Council exists to ensure that the arts remain vital for people living, working and visiting Cambridge.

Maintenance Volunteers Wanted [Heritage Museums & Gardens]

This position includes people able to assist in the maintenance of heritage’s building and grounds. Willingness to work in all weather and stand for long periods of time. Assist maintenance staff with various routine day-to-day maintenance projects and special one-time projects which may include: painting facilities, carpentry, parking lot attending, minor horticultural assisting, exhibit building, cleaning, etc. These volunteers ensure that the 100 Acres of Heritage Museums which is home to 65 acres of Gardens,13,000 collections including 39 American Automobiles are kept in a clean, safe and secure facility.
Basic carpentry and repair skills a plus, ability to lift 50 lbs and valid MA driver’s license required. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in similar position.
How To Apply:
If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Davis at or 508.888.3300 ext 108 or visit for more information
Apply by:
April 13, 2015
About this Organization:
Heritage Museums & Gardens, a 42-year-old not for profit, is the largest public garden in Southern New England. It is located on 100 acres of gardens and nature trails on the banks of Shawme Pond in Historic Sandwich. In addition to the magnificent grounds, known for their encyclopedic collections of daylilies, hostas and hydrangeas, the estate holds a nationally significant collection of Dexter rhododendrons, specialty gardens, water features, and sculpture. Hidden Hollow, a new family-friendly feature, is a place for exploration of the natural world and learning about environmental stewardship. Heritage offers three buildings housing permanent exhibits of world-class automobiles, a working carousel, nationally significant American Folk Art, and changing special exhibits on aspects of American culture.

Volunteer Tour Guides [The Institute of Contemporary Art]

The ICA offers visiting groups a guided experience. We are now recruiting a new class of volunteer guides.


ICA Tour Guides are a dynamic community of volunteers and key members of the Education Department with a shared interest in the art of our time. We are fabulously diverse; everything from biologists to artists, and everything in between. In sparking lively conversations, we encourage people of all ages to appreciate and make meaning from contemporary art and culture – without the artspeak.


• Access to Education and Curatorial staff
• Invitations to VIP Openings
• Exclusive trainings, field trips, and other social events
• Discounts in the ICA Store and Water Café
• Discounts on ICA-produced programs
• Unlimited FREE admission to the Museum for you and up to two (2) guests



You are an enthusiastic, energetic museum-lover who enjoys conversing with people of all ages and backgrounds – and are passionate about art, creativity, and culture. You don’t need to have prior experience as a guide or educator, but you should be comfortable speaking in public.

We seek lifelong learners with a rich range of personal and professional experiences to engage the public in dynamic and out-of-the-box creative conversations about works on view.

All accepted applicants will participate in a Monday 10 am to 12 noon, semester-long (September – November) training course to learn more about contemporary art and culture, the history and architecture of the ICA, education and interpretive strategies, and touring techniques for diverse audiences. Please note that regular attendance to this course is required and participation in all discussions and group activities is expected.

After the initial training course, participants will be expected to shadow two (2) ICA tours, at least one private and public tour. Each participant will develop and conduct a one-hour long graduation tour in late November 2015. The tour will be followed by a discussion and evaluation session with Education Department staff.

Upon graduation, all Tour Guides are expected to lead a minimum of four (4) tours each month, attend requisite trainings for new exhibitions, and commit to the ICA Tour Program for a minimum of two (2) years. Guides are also responsible for conducting outside research via the Education Department’s Wiki and preparing for their tours.

How To Apply:


Please review and complete the ICA Guide Application Form by May 15, 2015:

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2015 for the training course that begins in September 2015. Interviews will be conducted in June 2015. Applicants will be notified shortly thereafter whether they have been accepted into the program.

Note: The ICA Tour Program does not accept applications from current high school or college students.

For more information, please email 
No phone calls please.

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