Get involved – Art Connection

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.  Current opportunities include volunteering as a grant panelist (Irving resident) or as a docent.

Irving Resident Opportunity: Become a Grant Panelist!
Nominations for  2017-19 Advisory Grant Review Panelists are now closed. The next round of panelists will be selected in August of 2018 with applications available in June 2018.

Anyone Opportunity:  Become a Docent
Volunteers can also serve as a gallery docent (no residency requirement).  Our docents are trained to provide educational and informative tours of the Arts Center’s exhibitions.  Being a docent is a great way to connect with others in the art community while helping to promote the arts and supporting visual artists who exhibit their works in Irving Arts Center’s four gallery spaces.  There’s always a new exhibition on the horizon so this job never gets old!  To apply, simply fill out a volunteer application and send an email regarding your interest to Cindy Perreira at  cperreira@cityofirving.org.

Volunteer (Docent) Application
Annual Volunteer Opportunities

Other Opportunities/Questions
Please let us know how you’d like to help, and we can certainly find some way for you to get involved.  If we don’t have exactly what you are looking for, we can even connect you with one of our Resident Organizations for additional volunteer opportunities.  Questions?  Please contact Irving Arts Center’s volunteer coordinator, Cindy Perreira at  (972) 252-7558 ext. 1246 or by email at cperreira@cityofirving.org.

Board Service!

Councilman Allan Meagher, Harold Closter (Smithsonian Affiliations), Richard Huff (Executive Director Irving Arts Center), Gus Tramp (Chair, Irving Arts Board) and Aaron Glavas (Smithsonian Affiliations) recognize the Irving Arts Center during the 2007 Transportation Summit.

Councilman Allan Meagher, Harold Closter (Smithsonian Affiliations), Richard Huff (Former Executive Director Irving Arts Center), Gus Tramp (Chair, Irving Arts Board) and Aaron Glavas (Smithsonian Affiliations) recognize the Irving Arts Center during the 2007 Transportation Summit.

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 boxoffice@irvingartscenter.org and we will make a connection with your organization(s) of choice or feel free to contact the organization directly.

Why Serve?

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

 

Summer Internships

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

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Irving Arts Board

Arts Board members are appointed by City Council annually and must complete an application available through the City Secretary’s office.

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