Volunteering at KWAG is a great way to learn, enhance your skills and meet new people. You'll have an opportunity to work with Gallery staff to deliver programs, assist with events and connect with others through outreach initiatives. Explore your creative side and meet people who share your passion for the arts. With a number of opportunities to choose from and a flexible schedule to work with, there is a role for everyone!
Gain Professional Experience in an Art Gallery Setting
Volunteering at KWAG is great way to valuable experience in the arts and culture sector and to reap the benefits of "art-world" networking opportunities. The volunteer roles at KWAG provide valuable training and an inside look at what happens behind the scenes. You will also build your resume and acquire references, attain access to contemporary and historical Canadian and International Art, build upon your current skills, and all the while, benefit the greater community!
Meet New People
One of the best ways to meet others with common interests is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to connect with like-minded people, become an active participant in your community and broaden your support network. Volunteers also receive complimentary newsletters and special invites to openings and events.
Make a Difference
Mission-driven organizations like KWAG are successful only if they maintain a strong volunteer base. Our current volunteers put in over 2,000 hours annually! KWAG is committed to connecting the community through art. As the oldest and largest public gallery in Waterloo Region we play a vital educational role in the community, offering a full spectrum of artistic experience for adults, children and families alike. By volunteering with us, you help meet the needs of people from all walks of life!
How Much Time Should You Give?
KWAG's volunteer program is flexible to fit your needs. For more information about time commitments and roles, please contact Julie Burdett, Visitor Services & Volunteer Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org | 519-579-5860 ext, 100.
Volunteer Roles at KWAG include:
Do you enjoy walking the downtown beat or taking in a weekday drive? We often need volunteers to deliver marketing materials throughout Waterloo Region and Guelph.
Art Activity Assistants
Are you an energetic, hands-on people-person? KWAG often hosts classes, camps and events where participants work on art projects. Help is needed to control art materials, share ideas and encourage creativity in children and adults alike.
Photographers and Videographers
KWAG is always looking for volunteer photographers to document public programs, events, classes and workshops.
Art Material Preparation
Are you an artist or aspiring artist? If so, art material prep may be for you! This can be a great opportunity to gain experience handling a wide variety of art materials to prep for workshops, school programs and classes.
Family Sunday Assistant
This popular program for children and their families is a mainstay here at the Gallery! Guests are free to drop in to make art, listen to stories, participate in drama activities and games, and enjoy the exhibitions. Volunteers are needed for assisting the public with art activities in the galleries and studios, registration desk, photography, gallery security, and clean-up.
Are you currently a high school student? Join the Youth Council! This dedicated group consists of volunteers aged 13-17, who meet every other week throughout the school year to develop and work on new gallery programs.
Special Events Assistant
KWAG holds many special events throughout the year, each with its own distinct identity and purpose. These can include anything from Exhibition Openings and Artist Talks to fundraising galas and partner events. Volunteers provide hospitality services, public relations, and general event organization. Smart Serve is an asset for this role.
Are you a natural leader? Several of our projects and initiatives are run by committees of staff and volunteers. Examples of these committees include the Black & Gold Gala Committee, the Acquisitions Committee and our Board of Directors.
Often the works in KWAG's exhibitions can be very fragile and easily accessible to the public. In cases like this, we call upon volunteers to oversee Gallery security and discourage inappropriate behaviour with the gallery spaces.
Multi-Lingual Tour Guide
This exciting new program is for all volunteers who can speak more than one language and are comfortable leading exhibition tours. We are current recruiting volunteers for: French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, and Arabic.
If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, please contact Julie Burdett, Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator - email@example.com or 519.579.5860 x100.
"It's an enjoyable experience to volunteer at KWAG ... one of the most remarkable experiences I have had during university. Meeting and sharing the ideas of art work with different people and having opportunities to listen to artists' talks makes the value of this position much more than a couple of lines on the resume. Love those amazing art works and people at KWAG."
- Lily Zhang, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2016 - Multilingual Tour Guide
"Thank you for the experience of acting as facilitator in the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery during Pandora's Box. Most visitors were very curious and impressed with the works, how they related to each other, and the variety of mediums used. Many were also familiar with the high-profile female contemporary artists in the exhibition, and happy to see such an important show in Kitchener. I very much enjoyed my time in the Gallery and being surrounded by artists' work that I had studied at UW. The Gallery staff is lovely to work with as well. Thank you very much for this volunteer experience."
- Sherry Czekus, UW Fine Arts MA Student, 2010