Volunteers

Learn and grow with ArtiCulture!

We are committed to creating meaningful experiences for volunteers. If there is something you are interested in doing that is not listed here, don’t hesitate to let us know. We can work together to create an opportunity that will make sense for all of us.

Click here to fill out a volunteer application.

Depending on the time of year and what’s going on, we may respond right away, or we may wait until the next need you’re interested in helping out with arises to reach out.

Questions? Contact Deb, our Administrative Coordinator, at: deborah@articulture.org!

(Psst! Depending on the job… We like to thank volunteers in various ways ranging from snacks, to access to art supplies, to free classes.)

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Special Current Needs:

  • Flier distributers are always needed and SO IMPORTANT. They bring our class schedules to the public schools – this is our most effective means of advertisting. If you have a car, daytime availability, and wanna make a big difference, the next delivery round is mid April. Pickup in the morning typically. (updated2/9/16)
  • Teaching Assistants are a huge help to our instructors during the school year when schools are out and we have art themed day camps. This gig requires experience with kids and making art, and if you haven’t done this with us before, applying is a two step process. After you fill our the regular volunteer application, we need to do an interview. The school release dates are listed on our class schedule. We ask volunteers to either do 8:30am-1:30pm, or 11:30am-4:30pm. Usually it’s more fun if you can work two+ days. (posted 9/29/15)
  • Our board needs a new member – a CPA and ideally someone experienced with nonprofit organizations – who could fill the specific role of Treasurer, work with our volunteer bookkeeper, and act in a financial advisory capacity to the Executive Director. Responsibilities include overseeing: organization and program budgeting, monthly cash reconciliation, financial reporting including monthly generation and analysis of Profit/Loss and Balance Sheet, annual filing for Form 990, income and sales tax payments. The time commitment is 10-12 hours per month plus monthly board meetings. (updated 9/29/15)
  • We happily trade classes for assistance keeping the space tidy. Cleaning volunteers come in for 2-3 hours on the weekend, twice a month to: dust, mop, vacum, take out trash, etc. It helps a lot! (updated 9/29/15)
  • Social media and digital communications gurus. We have over 900 followers on Facebook, and over 1,300 on Twitter. Also a small Instagram following. If you like social media, we’ll be fun to work with – plenty of room to contribute your own ideas and experiment. We also send out monthly emails, and use a volunteer to write the first draft based on a template. Volunteers should enjoy social media, have experience with art, have a sense of humor, and be excellent and self-organizing. All in all it’s about four hours a month, on your own time, whever you wish to work. (updated 9/29/15)

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Ongoing Needs:

Teaching Assistants

Throughout the year, ArtiCulture builds School Release Days into our calendar. School Release Days are special days where school age kids can come and make art when school in Minneapolis and St. Paul is out. Each day is filled with different activities tied to a theme. We’ve done Myths & Magic School Release Days, for example, where kids make spell books, magic wands, potions and read stories about magical creatures. We also offer week long camps for Winter and Spring break, and End of School camps to cap off the school year with a bang. This is a great opportunity for artists who are interested in learning how to teach can gain some experience while assisting our teachers. Since this is a special volunteer position, an interview will be required. Anyone interested in our summer internship program is especially encouraged to apply! You can also indicate on the volunteer application if you would like to receive notice mid-winter when we open up the internshipapplicaiton process.

Data Entry Volunteer

Four times a year we do big updates to our database based on the previous quarters’ registrations. To get started, we ask volunteers to come in for an hour of training. After that, this is a job that can be done from the comfort of your home! We use CiviCRM (which is very user friendly) and it usually is 2-4 hours of work. This is a great opportunity for anyone who’d like to add “data entry” to their resume!

Flier Distributer

Four times a year, we distribute class fliers to the grade schools of South Minneapolis and businesses around the Twin Cities. It’s our biggest, most effective means of advertising our programming. We need people to do this in early Setpember, mid-November, late February, and mid-April. If you’re interested, this job requires a car. It would be a great job to invite a friend to help you with (so someone can run inside, while the other person waits out front and maps out the route to the next school). This is a good activity for pairs and/or groups of people.

Summer Festival Volunteer

Summer Festival Volunteers are needed over summer during select weekends in June, July, and August. Festival volunteers can function as an assistant to a teacher and welome people to our activities table. Projects range from things like finger puppets to amulets to book making! No arts experience necessary for an assistant. Outgoing personality is a must, as volunteers will help promote ArtiCulture and arts education, and (of course) encourage creativity. This is a good activity for groups of people.

Handy (wo)men & weekend cleaning crew

There’s always something that needs to be fixed or cleaned around here and our tiny staff often relies on kind volunteer assistance for small projects as well as ongoing ones. If you have an interest in helping us in an ongoing capacity, or just want to be put on a “call list” when something pops up, let us know and we’ll be forever grateful!

Fundraiser Volunteers

We usually have one or two fundraising events each year. Volunteers can help with planning, or assist the day of, depending on your interests, skills, and availability.

Retail Inventory

How are you with counting? Our retail committee does quarterly inventory around the end of March/June/Sept./Dec. and always appreciates an extra hand. Time commitment is four hours on a Saturday or Sunday, usually around Noon-4pm. We put on music and coffee. Pretty fun, actually. Interested in being on a call list? Note it on our volunteer application!

Board Members

ArtiCulture is seeking volunteer board members to serve on our Board of Directors. We are looking for people with professional experience in the following:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Legal Affairs
  • Resource Development/Grantwriting
  • Fundraising/Event Planning
  • IT/Web Development

Board members serve in an advisory capacity as well as assist with organizational management in these areas. Board members are expected to contribute their time, talent, and treasure to the organization. Previous non-profit organization experience is ideal. The time commitment is between 10-12 hours per month including monthly board meeting, monthly committee meetings, and volunteer assistance.

Committee Members

We have several volunteer committees, led by board members, that are responsible for creating and implementing plans that are crucial to the organization’s operations. ArtiCulture committees function only by volunteers’ expertise, ideas, and creative energy. See below for a list of committees.

  • Marketing Committee The Marketing Committee is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and tactics to market ArtiCulture’s programs and retail space. This includes the use of creative, low cost, and grassroots efforts to engage the community. Members of the committee help showcase ArtiCulture’s programs in order to build community awareness of the organization, increase program/class registrations and generate retail sales income. Someone without much marketing experience, but a lot of big ideas, is welcome! The time commitment is 5-10 hours per month including monthly meetings and additional volunteering.
  • Development Committee This committee supports the organization through research and application for community, regional, and corporate grant applications to support targeted programming and general operations. Members give input on grant opportunities, review and update application materials in order to tailor them for the specific opportunity, and keep records of applications for annual comparison. The time commitment is 5-10 hours per month including monthly meetings and additional volunteering.
  • Fundraising Committee The Fundraising Committee creates and implements individual campaigns and events as a means to raise money for the organization. The time commitment is 5-10 hours per month including monthly meetings and additional volunteering.
  • Finance Committee This committee serves in a financial advisory capacity to the Executive Director, as well as assists with organizational financial management. The time commitment is 5-10 hours per month including monthly meetings and additional volunteering.