Boston’s Best Volunteer Opportunities For Art Lovers

May 12, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo credit: Artists For Humanity/Facebook)

No matter how well funded an art institution or program is, there is always a need for volunteers. Moreover, volunteering gives hopefuls in a variety of art fields the experience that they likely would not be able to get at a paying job unless they already have a degree or other experience in that field. Thankfully, Boston has a variety of opportunities for art lovers willing to donate their time. From large institutions to start-up programs, there are a number of places in the city that need help.
(Photo credit: Artists For Humanity/Facebook)

(Photo credit: Artists For Humanity/Facebook)

Artists For Humanity
100 W. 2nd St.
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-7620

Artists for Humanity is all about getting underprivileged kids to a point where they can find employment in artistic fields. There are plenty of ways to donate to the organization or work with teenagers who are involved with Artists for Humanity. Hopeful volunteers can take the first step toward working with Artists for Humanity by visiting its studio. There, they can learn what it takes to be an ambassador for the project or tutor students who are having a hard time maintaining the 2.0 grade point average required for participation.

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(Photo credit: The Society Of Arts And Crafts/Facebook)

(Photo credit: The Society Of Arts And Crafts/Facebook)

The Society Of Arts And Crafts
175 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-1810

The Society of Arts and Crafts is the organization behind the popular CraftBoston events. Volunteers are always needed to help make the shows successful. Helpers may do anything from collecting tickets to sitting in booths when needed. Everyone who volunteers will be trained at the shows and is able to decide when they want to work and what kind of work they want to do. Highly trained professionals in aspects of the art world, such as legal, can also look into the organization’s mentor program.

Photo credit: Facebook/Museum of Fine Arts

Photo credit: Facebook/Museum of Fine Arts

Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

The Museum of Fine Arts, like most major art institutions, runs primarily on the kindness of the community, volunteers and donors. As such, there are many ways to volunteer for the MFA, even for teenagers. There are internships and regular volunteer positions. Examples of jobs include dispersing information and being an usher for the museum. Teenagers who are older than 15 are also welcome to apply. However, the Museum of Fine Arts typically does not offer short-term volunteer positions, so students with long-term availability are more likely to get a place.

Community Arts Advocates
39 Robeson St.
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-3407

Community Arts Advocates is a diverse organization that not only plays host to a number of art initiatives, some that are international, but also provides robust volunteer and intern openings. Interns will find themselves making professional connections and friends all over the city. Volunteers will find themselves working alongside art professionals and interns to deliver community art programs to the youth and people of Boston. This is such an open organization that volunteers can even work with the directors to create projects of their own choosing.

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(Photo Credit: Institute of Contemporary Art Boston/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Institute of Contemporary Art Boston/Facebook)

Institute Of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 478-3100

The Institute of Contemporary Art has limited opportunities for volunteers. However, it is among the best places for internships and volunteers who are interested in modern art. Volunteer ushers are always welcome to apply. There are also opportunities for working with families and children in the community. These volunteers are expected to have experience working with children and be willing to participate in art-related programs four to six times annually, always on Saturdays.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at

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