Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Columbus Museum of Art, where 1,400 volunteers help the Museum to fulfill our mission. Our volunteer program is varied and flexible.
Museum Auxiliaries support the Museum through their fundraising, service, and outreach activities. They also provide social and educational opportunities for their members, Museum visitors, and the children of central Ohio.
Museum Auxiliaries have specific application procedures, membership requirements and financial obligations. Each has it s own mission, and all are self governing. All Auxiliary members must maintain a Museum membership.
If you are interest in joining an auxiliary, the Museum’s Volunteer Administrator will ask the group’s membership chair to contact you to provide additional information and an invitation to a meeting or event to familiarize you with the group and determine if this is the right fit for you. To receive additional information contact
To receive additional information contact Nancy Turner.
This primarily women’s group sponsors the Art in Bloom exhibition that features arrangements by more than 60 floral designers who interpret the Museum’s masterpieces in live flowers. Three days of a gala, luncheons, and programs surround the event. Members operate a special gift shop that features unique garden and specialty items. Members also volunteer at the Columbus Winterfair fine arts and craft show during the holiday season. Members can attend monthly meetings that often have art-related programs, as well as, social and cultural activities planned by the group.
In the spring, Women’s Board presents Decorator’s Show House, the biannual transformation of a home into a Decorator’s Show House by interior designers and talented landscape architects. Members enjoy special holiday parties, coffees, teas, and art-related events.
Year-round docents provide Museum tours to visitors of all ages. They are the primary educational outreach to students, visitors, and the Columbus community. Docent volunteers undergo an extensive six-month training period that focuses on critical thinking skills, museum education principles and practice and the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Docents agree to serve for at least two years as gallery educators following their training. They also enjoy social events as well as local, national, and international art trips. The new docent class will begin September 2016, with trainings held three evenings a month through January. Prospective docent information sessions will be held in the CMA Auditorium on July 14 from 5:30-6:30pm and July 19 from 11-noon. CMA does not host docent trainings every year. If you would like information about the upcoming docent class, please email Megan Moriarty.
This group is open to Docents that have fulfilled a four year commitment and want to retire from active duty as a gallery educator. They have social and art-related events for their members and through their dues, support the active docents by sponsoring lecturers for trainings. They also are invited to attend Docent trainings.
Visitor Experience and Development Event volunteers are an essential element of the museum’s frontline. They assist in creating a friendly and comfortable environment for visitors as they experience the museum. They warmly welcome guests, distribute information, handle registration for internal events, complete surveys for interdepartmental teams and answer questions about the day’s events. As a volunteer at CMA, all curator talks, docent trainings, lunch-and-learns and other staff training sessions will be open for you to attend. Click here to fill out the Volunteer Application.