Top Volunteer Opportunities For Art Lovers In Houston

May 12, 2014 7:00 AM

Houston is full of wonderful museums, performing arts groups and other opportunities for its citizens to enjoy the arts. But what if you want to have a more hands-on experience with your favorite art medium or performance style? There are many opportunities for art lovers of all ages and skill levels to volunteer their time with arts organizations across the city. If you want to give your time to help support the arts in Houston, give one of these groups a call.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 639-7300

There are many ways to volunteer your time with Houston’s premiere fine arts museum. According to the museum’s website, more than 1,000 volunteers donate thousands of hours of their time to the museum each year. Adults and teenagers can both volunteer, and the opportunities do not only happen at the main campus. Volunteers can also help out at the MFAH’s other facilities, such as Bayou Bend and the gift shops. To volunteer, fill out the application on the website and attend an orientation session; volunteers are expected to give a minimum of 20 hours to the museum over the course of a year.

The Art Project Houston
1703 Gray St.
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 659-3237

The Art Project Houston is a subsidiary of Bread of Life, and is a program focused on using artistic expression to help the homeless, transitioning and hungry of the Houston area. The ultimate goal is to help those in need by allowing them a venue to express themselves and then help them support themselves through the sale of their craft. Volunteers are needed in many areas, including as art teachers, event promoters, photographers, assistants during classes and many more. To volunteer, please fill out the online form on the website.

Houston Arts Alliance
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 527-9330

The Houston Arts Alliance is dedicated to helping to promote arts and culture across the Houston metro area. It has a need for volunteers in three different areas. You can choose to volunteer for one of the special events, or sign up to be on the peer review panel for grant applications. Local businesspeople can also volunteer to help with consulting for a local arts nonprofit in need of business assistance through the Business Volunteers for the Arts programming.

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Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston
Houston, TX
(281) 724-8363

This local performing arts group has been all volunteer for more than 60 years. Established in 1952, the group has performed a theatrical production every summer since then, and now performs each July in the Wortham Theater Center. Volunteers can be used year round, assisting with administrative tasks and special projects in the off season, and assisting backstage, in the box office, at concessions or even as a performer onstage during the summer months. Volunteers should register by filling out the form on the Society’s website.

Houston Cinema Arts Society
4409 Montrose Blvd., Suite 150
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 429-0420

The Houston Cinema Arts Society is dedicated to promoting and featuring the best of the film arts. The organization has needs for volunteers year round to help with administrative and office tasks and to help at special events. In the summer, volunteers are used to help with the event JULYDOSCOPE, and the largest volunteer force is needed for the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November. In order to volunteer, visit the website and fill out the application.

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Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at