VOLUNTEER

As a small nonprofit arts space, volunteers make a big difference in our ability to support local artists and audiences. We need people who are passionate about keeping the arts in the East Bay to help at every level — from gallery sitting and installing exhibitions, to providing extra office support and working on committees. For those who can give both time and a significant annual financial contribution, we also have opportunities to join our board of directors.

At a time when many arts organizations are struggling to stay open, it’s critical for the artists and visitors of Berkeley Art Center to ensure that we can thrive and grow. Your time and expertise are invaluable to our operations.

Check out the roles we have available below. For more information and to receive your volunteer application, please email our administrative manager Amanda Compton-Gordon at amanda@berkeleyartcenter.org or give us a call at 510.644.6893.

We look forward to meeting you!

Front Desk Assistant

Purpose: Berkeley Art Center presents free exhibitions to the public. The Front Desk Assistant serves as a receptionist supporting Berkeley Art Center’s mission of serving artists and thinkers to create compelling exhibitions and programs that explore the social and political concerns of our diverse community. The Front Desk Assistant represents BAC to gallery visitors and other members of the public.

Location: Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Key Responsibilities:

  • - Answer phone and take messages.

  • - Greet guests and answer general questions about the gallery, exhibition and programs.

  • - Open and distribute mail.

  • - Enter donations and other records in the database.

  • - Proofread copy when time allows.

  • - Aid in the preparation of bulk mailings.

  • - Prepare correspondence as needed.

  • - Other duties as assigned.

Time Commitment: One day per week (Wednesday–Friday) for three hours (11am–2pm or 2pm–5pm), for a minimum of three months.

Qualifications: Basic knowledge of computer and data entry. Pleasant manner, patience, problem-solving ability, dependability.

Support: Training for this position will be provided. The Administrative Manager will be available for questions and assistance.

Age Requirement: None

Installation Assistant

Purpose: Berkeley Art Center presents free exhibitions to the public. The Installation Assistant serves as an assistant to the preparators during installation and de-installation. This is our most popular volunteer role. It is a good fit for people who love to be hands on, solve problems, and enjoy tangible results. Should be comfortable using hand tools and climbing a ladder. Attention to detail appreciated.

Location: Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Key Responsibilities:

  • - Work with curator and staff to prepare and disassemble exhibitions.

  • - Prep and paint gallery before installations.  

  • - Responsible for organizing contracts between artist and gallery.

  • - Handle artwork, including packing and storing works of various mediums.

  • - Prepare labels for display.

Time Commitment: Shifts every 4–8 weeks when exhibitions change; approx Wednesday–Friday, 11am–5pm

Qualifications: Organized and detail-oriented; prior experience handling art helpful.

Support: Training for this position will be provided. Also, the Administrative Manager will be available for questions and assistance.

Age Requirement: None

Event Assistant

Purpose: The Event Assistant serves as a key staff member at Berkeley Art Center events. This is a fun way to meet artists, gallerists, collectors, and curators. This is good fit for social, detail-oriented individuals who love to work at a quick pace.

Location: Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley

Key Responsibilities:

  • - Assist with event set up and break down.

  • - Check in attendees.

  • - Set up and serve food and drinks; refresh supplies and clean up.

Time Commitment: Days vary, year round

Qualifications: Some experience working events; comfortable working with a high volume of people; friendly and outgoing.

Support: Training for this position will be provided. Also, the Administrative Manager will be available for questions and assistance.

Age Requirement: None

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