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Volunteering

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Volunteers support our programs in a range of ways, such as helping out at evening events, lending a hand to the education department on Family Days, ushering for the MCA Stage, or leading tours of exhibitions.

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Apply to Be a Volunteer

General MCA Volunteers

General volunteers assist museum staff by interacting with visitors and serving as welcoming representatives of the museum. Opportunities to usher at education lectures or accept membership cards at members’ openings come up on a regular basis.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and applications are kept on file. Selected candidates will be asked to participate in a volunteer training session. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age to volunteer at openings.

To qualify as active, volunteers must serve a minimum of four hours every four months. Additional information is provided during our volunteer training sessions, which occur in March, July, and November.

Each month, enrolled volunteers receive an email with the upcoming month’s opportunities. Volunteers sign up for dates that fit their schedules; spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on becoming a general MCA volunteer, please contact the Internship and Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

Family Programs Volunteers

In January 2009, a new program began for volunteers specifically interested in working with families and children in a contemporary art museum setting, such as Family Days and Summer Studios. These opportunities are available to family programs volunteers on a regular basis. Volunteers welcome and direct families upon their arrival to the museum, assist staff and teaching artists at creation stations, and may be asked to represent the MCA at off-site events. Individuals interested in interacting with families as well as students currently enrolled in art education and early childhood education programs are encouraged to apply.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and volunteer training takes place when positions become available. Please indicate your interest in family programs on the application form.

All family programs volunteers complete a background check before starting their hours.

To qualify as active, volunteers must serve a minimum of four hours every four months. Additional information is provided during our volunteer training sessions, which occur in March, July, and November.

For more information on becoming a family programs volunteer, please contact the Internship and Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

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A family programs volunteer assists two children through a maze during Family Day, Apr 2015 Photo: Joshua Longbrake © MCA Chicago

Performance Ushers

Performance ushers take tickets in the Edlis Neeson Theater, direct patrons to seats, escort disabled visitors, and provide other assistance.

For more information, please call the performance volunteer hotline at 312-397-4072 or email your inquiry to [email protected].

Docents

If you love learning about contemporary art and would like to share your knowledge with others, consider becoming a docent at the MCA. Docents give public tours of exhibitions to adult visitors and receive ongoing training from educators, curators, and artists. Docents commit to one or two days of leading tours per month (one or two tours per day), attendance at ongoing training sessions, and a minimum of two years of leading tours after initial training. For more information, please contact Grace Needlman at [email protected].

Current Volunteers

Access the volunteer portal to update your profile, check for available opportunities, and keep track of your hours.