Volunteer

Anyone can be an MMoCA Volunteer! Enthusiastic volunteers are vital to the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; they complement, support, and expand our successful, wide-ranging programs and events. Tell your friends, family, and co-workers and get in on the fun together today.

Through its volunteer programs, MMoCA has an opportunity for every interest. The museum regularly seeks volunteers for a variety of positions related to special event staffing and planning, office support, and library support. Volunteers greet guests at MMoCA Openings, grill brats and hot dogs at Art Fair on the Square in July, work admissions at the winter MMoCA Art & Gift Fair, assist with mailings, and provide invaluable support for countless other tasks throughout the year.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

November 16 & 17: MMoCA Art & Gift Fair

Each year, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art relies on some 225 volunteers to help run one of its largest annual fundraisers, the MMoCA Art & Gift Fair. Now in its 49th year, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Overture Center for the Arts spaces will transform into a magical winter wonderland filled with handmade art, crafts, and gourmet goodies — all available for sale to the public! Grab a friend, sign-up together using the links below, and enjoy fun, short shifts while helping the museum.

Volunteers receive 2 free admission passes to the fair upon arrival for their shift ($12 value). Proceeds from the event help Madison Museum of Contemporary Art offer free public access to a wide variety of exhibitions and educational programs, and helps MMoCA remain admission-free throughout the year. With the time and assistance of generous community members, MMoCA can continue this tradition of commitment to the community.

To receive more information and opportunitiesclick here and sign up to receive our monthly Volunteer Notes e-newsletter (Select MMoCA Subscription Option “Volunteer Notes”). You’re also welcome to fill out and submit the online Volunteer Application Form and we’ll keep it on file.

Regularly updated, bookmark this link and review all current MMoCA volunteering opportunities. Feel free to sign up for anything that piques your interests!

Questions? Comments? Reach out to our Events & Volunteers Assistant, Amy Lambright Murphy, at volunteer@mmoca.org.

Volunteer Application

MMoCA is supported by a diverse and enthusiastic body of volunteers, collectively known as MMoCA Volunteers. Anyone can be an MMoCA Volunteer. There are three ways to get started:
(1) You can simply sign up for current opportunities at mmoca.ivolunteer.com; and/or
(2) You can send your full name and email address to volcoord@mmoca.org to subscribe to a monthly volunteer newsletter; and/or
(3) You can fill out the online form here if you would you like us to keep you in mind for special projects best suited to your skill set or interests.

You are NOT required to fill out this form before you sign up for a specific job using the iVolunteer sign up system. The information you provide on this form will help us match you with future volunteer job opportunities.

Docent Program

MMoCA’s docents share their knowledge and enthusiasm to help visitors gain insight into art, and are a vital part of the museum’s efforts to provide experiences that educate, reflect, and inspire. Docents lead tours of MMoCA’s exhibitions for children and adults, and involve tour participants in lively discussions about the art on view. Above all, they encourage group members to look closely at works of art and find meaning through interpretation of a work of art’s subject, materials, and style.

Internships

MMoCA’s internship program invites applications from art-enthusiastic individuals who have completed at least two years of college coursework (or equivalent) and are interested in gaining first-hand professional experience in a museum setting.

Applicants are encouraged to obtain academic credit for their internship through their college or university. While internships are unpaid, MMoCA offers interns the following benefits:

  • Free admission to MMoCA exhibition openings, art talks, and films
  • Staff discounts at the Museum Store
  • Behind-the-scenes previews of exhibitions and special events
  • Real-world museum work experience!