As a Smithsonian Affiliate Institution, Irving Arts Center echoes the Smithsonian mission: “The increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Irving Arts Center aims to inspire artists, scientists, technologists and creative thinkers by providing opportunities for learning and engaging. For artists, we offer a wealth of information and resources. No matter your level of artistic ability, all those with a passion for the arts, should consider the Irving Arts Center’s members-only visual arts program. Art Connection offers exclusive opportunities, access and invitations; join today and see why it is Irving Arts Center’s best kept secret.
Volunteers – A Place for You
As a community arts facility, we are always happy to oblige when members of the community want to get involved. Everyone has a role to play.
Volunteers can work directly with Arts Center staff on projects and special events, assist in the office or serve as a gallery docent or we can connect you with one of our Resident Organizations. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who’s in Charge? You Could Be!
Our Eleven Resident Arts Organizations are all 501© (3) not-for-profits with independently elected Boards of Directors. If you have a passion for service AND the arts, consider serving as a board member.
Make Your Mark and A Difference in Your Community
Board service is an excellent way to have a substantial, and ongoing, impact in Irving. As a member of a dedicated team of concerned and engaged citizens, you can identify long-term goals, seek out diverse opportunities for collaboration, and brainstorm—as well as potentially implement—innovative strategies for lasting change.
It’s a great way to meet others, build new social ties and support the arts. Other great reasons to join a nonprofit board of directors?
- Learn and share expertise with such tasks as strategic planning, financial management, and grant writing
- Hone and actively demonstrating your leadership skills
- Get a behind-the-scenes look at internal organizational systems such as nonprofit management, human resources, fundraising and resource development, and volunteer resource management
Interested? Send an email inquiry to email@example.com and we will make a connection with your organization(s) of choice or feel free contact the organization directly.
So why might you want to consider serving on a nonprofit board? First and foremost, board service is an excellent way to have a substantial, and ongoing, impact in your community. As a member of a dedicated team of concerned and engaged citizens, you can identify long-term goals, seek out diverse opportunities for collaboration, and brainstorm—as well as potentially implement—innovative strategies for lasting change.
At the same time, serving on a board can be an invaluable way to meet others in the local nonprofit sector. Not only can these connections help you build new social ties but those you serve with will almost certainly share your passion for the organization’s particular cause and mission; if you’re seeking paid employment or exploring the idea of a new career, these contacts can be great sources for everything from alerts to who is hiring, letters of recommendation, personal introductions, or even just informally putting in a good word for you.
Other great reasons to join a nonprofit board of directors? Here are just a few:
- Learning more about the nuts and bolts of nonprofit governance as well as getting hands-on experience with such tasks as strategic planning, financial management, and grantwriting
- Honing and actively demonstrating your leadership skills (board service looks great on a resume or CV!)
- Getting a behind-the-scenes look at internal organizational systems such as nonprofit management, human resources, fundraising and resource development, and volunteer resource management
Want to put your skills to the test? The Arts Center employs several interns each summer to support the KidsArts summer camp program. Interns work closely with Arts Center staff and professional art educators to provide a fun and enriching experience for children and teens. Interns also organize, design and install the annual KidsArts/Kids’ Works art exhibition featuring campers’ creations.
QUALIFICATIONS - Current enrollment in college and returning as a full-time undergraduate for the fall semester following the summer of employment. Major in a visual or performing arts discipline, arts management, museum studies and/or education. Experience working with school-age children and/or in a museum setting is preferred.
DATES AND COMPENSATION - Second week of June through the middle of August (no camp the week of July 4) - 35 hours / week, Monday through Friday with some evenings / weekends - $3,375 stipend - Application details are available March 1