Volunteer

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Cranbrook Art Museum volunteers have the opportunity to advance the educational role of the Museum, learn about our collections and exhibitions, and contribute valuable support to a nonprofit institution. Qualified candidates should possess an appreciation of contemporary and twentieth–century art and design, a flexible attitude for dealing effectively with the public, and an understanding that reliability is critical.

Cranbrook Art Museum is currently accepting applications for Gallery Docents and Education Volunteers.

GALLERY DOCENTS

  • Connect with others who share an interest in art
  • Meet and interact with visitors from around the world
  • Continue education in art, craft, and design
  • Meet Cranbrook curators, artists, and scholars
  • Become a Cranbrook Gallery Docent!

Volunteer Gallery Docents lead guided weekend tours of the Museum’s exhibitions.  Requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with diverse visitors.  Physical requirements may include standing for extended periods and lifting up to 25 pounds.

Cranbrook Art Museum invites you to join our next Gallery Docent training program. New Gallery Docents must complete a six-month training course and serve six months as a Provisional Docent.  The new docent training course consists of twice monthly classes on Saturdays.  Classes provide the skills necessary to facilitate meaningful discussion of the Museum’s exhibitions through presentations of modern and contemporary art, selected readings, and in-gallery and in-vault training.

Commitment and Requirements

  • Successfully complete the docent training course
  • Serve a minimum of one weekend gallery shift per month
  • Commit to a minimum of two years as a docent
  • Attend 6 (of 10) continuing education sessions annually
  • Research artists and art movements as needed for new exhibitions
  • Criminal background check
  • Maintain e-mail and internet access

Qualifications

  • Strong communication and listening skills in individual and group interactions
  • Appreciation and respect for a wide variety of creative processes
  • A positive and flexible attitude
  • Enthusiasm for representing the Cranbrook community
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If you are interested in becoming a Cranbrook Art Museum docent, please apply using the link below. A CAM staff member will contact you to discuss the position in more detail. Docents are selected based on interest and experience as evidenced in the application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.Training program will be scheduled after sufficient enrollment is reached.

Apply to be a Gallery Docent

EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS (Training on June 15th and July 7th)

Cranbrook Art Museum invites you to join our Education team as a volunteer. Education Volunteers must attend volunteer orientation prior to service. Volunteer orientations are scheduled periodically.

Represent the Art Museum at Teen or Family Programs, outreach, or in-gallery education spaces. Answer questions, distribute materials, and assist with art-making activities. Requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors of all ages. Physical requirements may include standing for extended periods and lifting up to 25 pounds.

Commitment and Requirements

  • Successfully complete the education volunteer orientation
  • Service minimums dependent on program, select from:
    • Four Sunday programs per year
    • Three weeks of Summer Camps (30 hours/week)
    • Two days of Spring Break Art Days (8 hours/day)
  • Criminal background check
  • Maintain e-mail and Internet access

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to art education
  • Experience in studio art OR experience with children in a group setting is preferred
  • Willingness to support the Museum’s needs for education, from the fun to the mundane
  • Excellent communication and listening skills in individual and group interactions
  • Appreciation and respect for a wide variety of creative processes
  •  A positive and flexible attitude
  • Enthusiasm for representing the Cranbrook community

Apply to be an Education Volunteer

CONTACT US

For more information please contact the Assistant Curator of Education, Sarah Doty by email (SDoty@cranbrook.edu) or phone (248-645-3313). Please include your name, email address, and phone number with your message.