Volunteer Program


The Center for the Arts relies on volunteers to help serve our community at the highest level. Volunteers help make art more accessible to our community and participate in events, workshops and other opportunities to be surrounded by amazing art and even more amazing people. 

Our volunteers support our teachers, help with annual community events, get involved with outreach and support and assist our exhibitions department. These are only a few of the exciting opportunities available at the Center for the Arts. 

We host events and programs year-round, many in the evenings and on weekends and we have a variety of behind-the-scenes positions and internships. Whatever your skills, interest or time availability, we can find a great volunteer opportunity that’s perfect for you here.

When you volunteer with us, not only will you gain valuable experience that you can take with you throughout your life, but you also make a difference, engage with the community, immerse yourself in art, make valuable connections and meet amazing people, 

Volunteer Program Info Session + Luncheon
September 27
/ 12pm-1:30pm

Join us and learn more about our newly-launched Volunteer Program. Click here to register.

Volunteer Positions and Qualifications

A gallery assistant will help the center’s staff prepare exhibits for display and de-install them at the end of their display period. Assistants usually work closely with staff on tasks such as condition reporting, art unpacking and packing, hanging artwork, patching and painting walls and label creation. Assistants will sometimes be asked to help with special installation practices and tasks some shows require and may also get the opportunity to work with visiting artists for installation of works. 

Supervisor: Visual Arts Coordinator 

Term of Service: Gallery assistants commit to two years of service. 

Time Commitment: Project-based and varies with each special event. 


Qualifications: Must be 18 or older and have an interest and passion for art. They must also have the ability to lift at least 30 pounds, use basic hand tools and calculate basic mathematical measurements. Assistants must be able to carefully handle and carry artworks of various media.  

Required Training: New assistants will be trained under the supervisor and other well-trained gallery assistants by attending exhibit installations and de-installations. Training is ongoing as each new exhibit can present new challenges. Dates and times for these will vary week to week and assistants can work with the supervisor to schedule training/work times. Training will include best practices for hanging artwork and basic art handling guidelines.  

Special events assistants help with installation and tear down of event equipment and other projects on an as-needed basis. 

Supervisor: Education/Volunteer Coordinator

Time Commitment: Project-based and varies with each special event. 


Qualifications:  A desire to benefit the arts center, the ability to work independently with little supervision and experience with event management and preparation. 

These are the first people visitors encounter when they enter the center and come to the main reception desk. Facility greeters answer visitor questions, give directions and provide information about the center’s programs, events and activities. They answer the telephone and direct calls to the correct staff contact. 

Supervisor: Box Office/Customer Service Technician 

Time Commitment: Facility greeters usually commit to two shifts of three-and-a-half hours per month, but it varies by volunteer. 


Qualifications: A desire to benefit the Center for the Arts, strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently with little supervision. A background in customer service is helpful, but not required. 

Art education volunteers work independently and in committees on special projects with the corresponding supervisor. These activities include organizing Family Days, developing new tours, researching new exhibits, developing art projects and activities, developing promotional materials and organizing the art studio. Volunteers engage school children, college students and the general public in discussions about the center’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions. Many gallery assistants also serve as art education volunteers. 

Supervisor: Visual Arts Coordinator 

Time Commitment: These projects are usually time-based and last about four months, however, volunteers commit to a year of service. 


Qualifications: An interest and passion for art, a desire to benefit the center, available on a weekly basis for the majority of the school year (September through June), strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently with little supervision. 

Required Training: New volunteers attend weekly training sessions for three months that orient them to the center and collection, practice giving tours and practice developing themes and transitions.  

Dance program assistants help backstage, with showcase installations and tear-downs, activity preparation for kids and other projects on an as-needed basis. 

Supervisor: Ballet Coordinator 

Time Commitment: The time commitment is project-based and varies with each specific showcase and/or performance. 


Qualifications: A desire to benefit the dance programs, the ability to work independently with little supervision and experience supervising of participants, ironing, costume alterations and showcase preparation. 

Theatre program assistants help with theatre production, installation and tear-down, prop preparation and other projects on an as-needed basis. 

Supervisor: Theatre Coordinator 

Time Commitment: The time commitment is project-based and varies with each specific production. 


Qualifications: A desire to benefit the theatrical program, the ability to work independently with little supervision and experience with theatre, show preparation and set designs. 

These volunteers are the first people visitors encounter when they enter the center for main stage events. Ushers answer visitor questions, give directions and provide information about the programs, events and activities of the Carrollton Center for the Arts.  

Supervisor: Box Office/Customer Service Technician 

Term of Service: Ushers usually commit to two shifts of three and a half hours per month, but it varies by volunteer. 


Qualifications: A desire to benefit the Center for the Arts, strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently with little supervision. A background in customer service is helpful but not required. 

Assist with theatre production, installation and tear down, set design, sound booth, organizing scene shop and other projects on an as-needed basis. 

Supervisor: Technical Coordinator 

Time Commitment: The time commitment is project-based and varies with each specific production. 


Qualifications: A desire to benefit the theatrical program, the ability to work independently with little supervision and experience with theatre, show preparation and set designs. 

Assist with maintaining costume inventory, theatre production, dance, musical showcases and other projects on an as-needed basis. 

Supervisor: Theatre Coordinator 


Qualifications: A desire to benefit the theatrical program, the ability to work independently with little supervision, experience with theatre, show preparation and costume designs. 

Volunteer Benefits 

25 volunteer hours gets you an Enthusiast Membership or one comp performance ticket.
40 volunteer hours gets you a Devotee Membership (in the following fiscal year). 
60 volunteer hours gets you a Connoisseur Membership (in the following fiscal year). Volunteer recognition through the Arts Commission’s Eat, Thank, Love luncheon. 

Annual Volunteer Recognition: Each year the Arts Commission hosts its annual luncheon and volunteers will be recognized at this time. 

Student Volunteers: Volunteers who qualify will receive letters of recommendation and can fulfill school or community service requirements. Our program allows volunteers and staff the option to collaborate on training, program development and special events. Volunteers build job skills in marketing, development, administration, event planning, education and more. Recognition pins will be presented at the annual luncheon.

Application Process

All current and potential volunteers are required to complete an application that asks for basic personal information (name, address, phone number, hours of availability, special skills and emergency contact person). This application will remain on file at the center. Falsification of information, including the omissions or misrepresentations, on the application or any other required document is immediate grounds for dismissal. 

Volunteer placement at the Center for the Arts is subject to an official position offer, space availability and completion of the orientation plus additional training on assignment. Application submission does not guarantee your acceptance as a volunteer. Parental permission is required for volunteers younger than 18. The City of Carrollton requires a background check for all applicants (full-time, part-time, seasonal, internship and volunteer).