Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

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.


CMA Advocates

The mission of the Advocates shall be to advance the growth of the Columbus Museum of by supporting the Museum’s mission to Create Great Experiences with Great Art for Everyone through social, volunteer, and fundraising activities.

Membership in the Advocates is open to any interested individual who agrees with the mission and purpose, submits the required application, maintains a current membership in the Museum, and pays the established annual dues.

Members are strongly encouraged to participate by planning, attending, volunteering, or in some way supporting at least one of the Museum fundraisers/projects hosted by the Advocates each year.

Join Here: https://bit.ly/2ZBsiFW

To receive additional information contact Tiffany Duncan.



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 five-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.

Docent Alums

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.


Hospitality Volunteers

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. If you would like to become a hospitality volunteer, please read and complete this brief application. Please contact Lisa Collins at Lisa.collins@cmaohio.org for details. 

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