Volunteer

Volunteering at MAC provides the opportunity to meet new people while serving the community, advancing the mission of MAC, learning about the arts, and having fun. Mystic Arts Center volunteers help with the programs and services of Mystic’s creative community. Volunteers are part of an active team working with the staff in the galleries, classrooms, administrative offices, and on the grounds and special events. A wide variety of opportunities are available to match you to the best position and schedule.

To apply to volunteer, complete a volunteer application and return it to Dawn Salerno at the MAC or by email and we’ll be in touch: education@mysticarts.org

Download Volunteer Application
Download Youth Volunteer Application (under 18)


Street Team

Department: PR/Marketing
Supervisor: Marketing Coordinator

Description: Promote the activities of the Arts Center by posting flyers and doing occasional ‘man-on-the-street’ surveys

Purpose: To strengthen the Mystic Arts Center’s capacity to serve the community and increase community participation through exhibition of local and regional artists; to provide understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage to build a broad audience.

Duties:

  • Post posters in approved locations
  • Bring hand flyers to approved locations
  • Speak with staff at off-site locations to approve flyer posting
  • Conduct “on-street” surveys of passersby, occasionally (optional)
  • Arrange to pick up and deliver marketing supplies

Skills/Background Recommended:

  • Must have own transportation or ability to travel (15 mile radius)
  • Outgoing, friendly disposition
  • Knowledge of towns in region preferred
  • Interest in working with a diversity of people
  • Some knowledge of administering surveys and exit interviews helpful

Schedule: 5 hours, as needed, monthly; scheduled at convenience of volunteer


Special Event Assistant

Department: Events
Supervisor: Events Coordinator

Description: Work with Events Coordinator and other staff to assist in set-up, facilitation, and clean-up of special events.

Purpose: To strengthen the Mystic Arts Center’s capacity to serve the community and increase community participation through fundraising and cultural events; to provide understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage.

Duties:

  • Set up and break down furniture (tables, chairs, etc) as directed
  • Prepare, wash, and store dishware
  • Plate food
  • Greet and receive guests
  • Serve food
  • Other duties as requested by Special Events coordinator

Skills/Background Recommended:

  • Customer service experience
  • Ability to lift and move heavier objects and to stand for longer periods (2-3 hours)
  • Food service
  • Special events

Schedule: 2- 5 hours, on call for events, daytime, evening, weekday and weekend


Reception

Department: PR/Marketing
Supervisor: Events Coordinator

Description: Create a warm, welcoming environment by serving as the main point of contact and information for all visitors.

Purpose: To strengthen the Mystic Arts Center’s capacity to serve the community and increase community participation through exhibition of local and regional artists; to provide understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage to build a broad audience.

Duties: 

  • Staff front reception desk
  • Greet and orient all visitors to gallery
  • Greet and direct all business appointments
  • Help visitors adhere to security and visitor guidelines
  • Process sales of art and register individuals for programs
  • Maintain Reception Desk Manual
  • Answer and direct occasional phone calls, internal and external
  • Help artists to locate and pick up artworks during “pick-up” times
  • General administrative tasks as requested by various staff

Skills/Background Recommended:

  • Customer service experience
  • Organized, methodical, ability to multi-task
  • Comfort with multiple-line phone systems
  • Retail experience
  • Knowledge of Wordperfect, Excel
  • Knowledge of internet research

Schedule: 3-4 hour shifts, weekly; Monday through Friday.


Office Assistant

Department: Administration
Supervisor: Various Staff

Description: Assist in all areas of administration with basic office tasks and computer data entry.

Purpose: To strengthen the Mystic Arts Center’s capacity to serve the community and increase community participation through exhibition of local and regional artists; to provide understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage to build a broad audience.

Duties:

  • Data base entry and reports
  • Mailing preparation
  • On-line research
  • Document preparation
  • Copying & filing
  • Greet and direct all business appointments
  • Answer and direct occasional phone calls, internal and external
  • Help artists to locate and pick up artworks during “pick-up” times
  • Other administrative tasks as requested by various staff

Skills/Background Recommended:

  • Organized, methodical, ability to multi-task
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Wordperfect, Excel, Access
  • Experience working in a professional office
  • Comfort with multiple-line phone systems
  • Customer service experience

Schedule: 3-5 hour shifts, weekly; Monday through Friday.


Maintenance

Department: Buildings and Grounds
Supervisor: Executive Director

Description: Assist in the upkeep of the facility and equipment.

Purpose:To strengthen the Mystic Arts Center’s capacity to serve the community and increase community participation through exhibition of local and regional artists and educational and cultural programming; to provide understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage.

Duties:

  • Mount MAC road signs
  • Make minor repairs as needed
  • Maintain contact with Building and Grounds committee chair as needed

Skills/Background Recommended:

  • Mechanically inclined with experience in basic repairs
  • Physically capable to stand, kneel and climb ladders comfortably

Schedule: On-call, estimated 3-5 hours monthly, weekdays


Grounds Keeper

Department: Buildings and Grounds
Supervisor: Executive Director
Description: Assist in the upkeep of MAC grounds and landscaping
Purpose: To strengthen the Mystic Arts Center’s capacity to serve the community and increase community participation through exhibition of local and regional artists and educational and cultural programming; to provide understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage.

Duties:

  • Clear garden refuse
  • Weeding beds as needed
  • Prune and trim shrubs and trees
  • Work with Director on making changes to existing plantings

Skills/Background Recommended:

  • Physical ability to bend, kneel and remove garden refuse
  • Basic knowledge of plants and care of plants
  • Comfortable working in a team

Schedule: Seasonal, 2 – 5 hour shifts weekly/monthly based on need and availability


Exhibitions Chair/Co-Chair

Department: Exhibitions
Supervisor: Executive Director

Description: To organize the process of and volunteer support for receiving and awards for a given exhibition.

Purpose: To strengthen the Mystic Arts Center’s capacity to serve the community and increase community participation through exhibition of local and regional artists; to provide understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage.

Duties:

  • Recruit volunteers for receiving days (3-5 per shift)
  • Set up and break down furniture (tables, chairs, etc)
  • Set out snacks and coffee for volunteers during receiving
  • Help artists to complete paperwork & with questions
  • Receive, track and place artworks
  • Be present at opening reception; assist with awards program

Skills/Background Recommended:

  • Customer service experience
  • Team-oriented
  • Ability to delegate and give clear direction to volunteers
  • Organized, detail oriented
  • Experience handling artworks in 2 and 3 dimensions
  • Experience working with volunteers

Schedule:

  • 6 – 8 hours prior to receiving, at own schedule
  • 10:30 – 5 Sundays and/ Monday of receiving days
  • 5 – 8 pm opening reception

Exhibitions Receiving

Department: Exhibitions
Supervisor: Executive Director

Description: Work with exhibitions co-chairs and other volunteers to receive and deliver artworks for yearly exhibitions

Purpose: To strengthen the Mystic Arts Center’s capacity to serve the community and increase community participation through exhibition of local and regional artists; to provide understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage

Duties:

  • Set up and break down furniture (tables, chairs, etc) as directed
  • Check membership status of artists
  • Sign up artists for memberships, as needed
  • Help artists to complete registration and payments
  • Place artworks
  • Other duties as requested by exhibition co-chairs

Skills/Background Recommended:

  • Customer service experience
  • Organized, methodical
  • Experience handling artworks in 2 and 3 dimensions

Schedule: 10:30-2 or 2-5 Sundays and/or Mondays; according to schedule of exhibitions (every two months)


Class Assistant

Department: Education
Supervisor: Assistant Educator for Studio Programs

Description: Work with Studio Faculty to assist in set-up, facilitation, and break-down of art classes for adults and children

Purpose: To strengthen the Mystic Arts Center’s capacity to serve the community and increase community participation through educational and cultural programming; to provide understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage.

Duties:

  • Set up studio furniture (easels, chairs, etc) as directed
  • Set up still-lifes as directed
  • Set out supplies at tables and easels (children’s classes only)
  • Prepare coffee/tea for students (adult classes only)
  • Assist studio teacher during class, as requested (children’s classes only)
  • Clean up and store supplies after class
  • Break-down any still-lifes or store them
  • Other duties as requested by the Studio Faculty and Studio Assistant Educator

Skills/Background Recommended:

  • Studio art experience
  • Customer service experience
  • Very organized

Schedule: 3-4 hour blocks in morning, afternoon or evening, according to seasonal class schedule


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