According to the most recent CNCS study, volunteering can help increase your odds of employment, specifically by 27%. Additionally, volunteering is a great way to make new friends, improve your communication skills, and grow your network with industry professionals. Whether you are striving to better your community or build up your resume, we compiled a list of five unique, art-inspired volunteer opportunities for students in Denver.
1. Museo de las Americas
Painted bright pink in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District, Museo de las Americas is a museum that isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd. Since opening in 1991, the nonprofit is now home to a robust set of rotating and traveling exhibitions each year. From 17th century artwork to ancient Latin artifacts, volunteers at Museo will be immersed in the rich history of Latin American art. Those who choose to volunteer at Museo will receive a tour of each exhibit, a dual membership to the museum, the opportunity to improve their spanish speaking skills, and an increased appreciation for the Latin American community.
2. Cherry Creek Arts Festival – July 1 – 3, 2023
With over 500 volunteers gathering for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival each year, it is a perfect opportunity for students looking to get involved within the mainstream art community. CCAF is a fun, eclectic arts festival that welcomes exhibitors from far and wide to participate in a three day creative extravaganza. Whether you volunteer for one dayor three, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and connect with like-minded individuals and artists. Volunteers are able to help with a wide variety of activities such as stage and booth setup, performing artist assistance, as well as maintaining the Creative Station.
3. First Friday Art Walk – First Fridays of the month, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
During the first Friday of each month, thousands gather along Santa Fe Drive in the Mile High City to experience the immersive history of more than 25 participating art galleries. From contemporary paintings to handmade sculptures, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the renowned Art District on Santa Fe. Additionally, having access to an abundance of galleries will help volunteers connect with museum owners and fellow artists. Perhaps one of the largest recurring community art events in Denver, volunteers are needed for a variety of different roles.
4. Month of Photography, Portfolio Reviews – March 17 – 18, 2023
Hosted at The Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver, up to 72 photographers from around the United States will gather to present their work to museum curators, directors, and other industry professionals. Volunteers for Month of Photography, Portfolio Reviews will have the opportunity to assist in videography, photography, social media, and general support for attendees. The MOP festival is a must-attend for students interested in growing their skills while also earning volunteer hours.
5. SPE Annual Conference – March 16 – 18, 2023
Last but certainly not least is the 2023 Society for Photographic Education conference. While tickets to the SPE Annual Conference can be expensive, volunteering is an excellent way to attend for free. Volunteers will gain behind-the-scenes access and opportunities to connect with industry professionals, which can lead to exhibition opportunities, artist recommendations, and lifelong friendships.
As you can see, there are plenty of art-inspired volunteer opportunities to get involved with outside of the classroom. Not able to volunteer just yet? Read The top six ways to get involved on the RMCAD campus.