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The Delaware Art Museum has a strong and diverse volunteer group. These individuals provide a valuable service by offering their time and talent to support, strengthen and improve the Museum, which ultimately strengthens and improves our Community. Duties and time commitment vary according to Museum needs. The majority of volunteers work on an on-call basis. Details of current opportunities are listed below.

Seeking new Docents

Learn about art in an engaging and encouraging environment! The Delaware Art Museum is currently accepting applicants for its September Docent training program. If you are seeking a rewarding volunteer experience, enjoy learning and working with the public, and have an interest in art, we invite you to apply.

Museum Docents provide tours of the galleries for visitors of all ages and inform the community about the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. Candidates are not required to have a background in art to become a Docent, but must be willing to learn and have fun!

Volunteer Docents prepare for the role of educator through a weekly training program that encompasses art history, tour skills, and public speaking. We are looking for people with enthusiasm, flexibility, professionalism, imagination, and a willingness to learn about art. Experience in art, art history, public speaking, or education is helpful, but not required. The Delaware Art Museum Docents are an enthusiastic group who enjoy taking trips to other museums, meeting and discussing the museum’s collection and exhibits with its curators, and researching and learning about art together.

The new training class will begin in September 2015 and end June 2016. The program requires a weekly commitment (every Tuesday for 3 hours, excluding holidays). If you are interested, the Museum invites you to attend an Open House on May 7 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. to meet current Docents and learn more about this exciting, rewarding program.

If you cannot attend the Open House, you can still apply. For more information or to apply, contact Cynthia Smith at csmith@delart.org or call 302.351.8514.

Library Assistants

Library Assistants are needed to help with shelving books and other various projects. Shifts are flexible weekdays, Monday through Friday. The time commitment varies, but most shifts are approximately 1.5-2 hours per week. Computer skills are helpful but not required. This is a good opportunity if you enjoy books and people, are friendly, can think quickly, and have an eye for detail.

There are no Library Assistant volunteer opportunities at this time.

Education Volunteers

Education Volunteers are needed to assist with children’s art activities, family programs, and summer camp. These programs are offered throughout the year, and the time commitment varies with each program. This is a good opportunity if you enjoy working with children, are friendly, would like to meet new people, and enjoy big, fun events.

For more information, please contact Saralyn Rosenfield, Manager of Public Programs & Interpretation at 302.351.8504 or srosenfield@delart.org.

College Internships

College Internships are available throughout the year on a limited basis. Curatorial and Education Internships are available in the summer as well as during the school semester. Available internships are posted below:

Marketing Internship
Alfred Appel, Jr. Curatorial Fellowship
Alfred Appel, Jr. Education Internship
Pre-Raphaelite Fellowship

Please contact Cynthia deLeon at cdeleon@delart.org for more information on college internship opportunities.

Museum Council

The Delaware Art Museum Council is a volunteer women’s committee charged with fundraising for the Museum. Each year, they present the Holiday House Tour in December. They also sponsor the lovely flower arrangements that grace the Museum’s Front Desk, which change every Wednesday, and they have recently supported the Museum’s exhibitions, the Red Apple Fund, and conservation of art in the Museum’s collection.

For more information, please contact Flora Monck, Museum Council Membership Chair, at 302.764.3578 or fdmonck@msn.com.