Join Us

Join the Rockford Art Museum Volunteer Program and help us continue our mission of fostering creativity and building community through visual arts. Volunteers are asked to commit to a few hours a month and receive special volunteer member benefits.

Sign Up

If you are interested in volunteering please fill our online volunteer application form. Volunteer positions are varied and flexible. We ask that all incoming volunteers commit to at least one year of service.

Volunteer Opportunities

Docents are volunteer teachers who provide learning experiences and enhanced enrichment for groups of all ages and interests through museum tours. Docents lead school group tours and in-depth tours for groups interested in a specific facet of an exhibition or focus area of the RAM Permanent Collection.

Requirements:

  • Attendance at no less than 8 monthly meetings annually
  • Commit to lead at least 8 one-hour tours annually
  • Participation in special training sessions that may include special lectures and/or field trips is encouraged

Gallery Guide Volunteers are stationed throughout the museum galleries to greet visitors, answer exhibition questions and assist with in-gallery activities. Shifts for Gallery Guide Volunteers are three hours in length, most often on weekends.  

Requirements:

  • Attendance at no less than 8 monthly meetings annually
  • Commit to complete at least 1 three-hour shift per month
  • Participation in special training sessions that may include special lectures and/or field trips is encouraged 

Education Volunteers assist with outreach opportunities, classes and camps at RAM. Volunteers may also assist visitors with take-home art activities in the RAM Art Annex.

Requirements:

  • Attendance at no less than 3 quarterly meetings annually
  • Commit to complete one shift or participate in one program per month

Special Event Volunteers assist RAM staff during annual events at the museum. Volunteers may assist with registration, orientation or event-specific activities. Events include: Greenwich Village Art Fair, Art in Bloom, Fashion in Bloom, Portfolio Day, Young Artist Show, Gallery Walks, Lecture Series and more.

Requirements:

  • Attendance at no less than 2 quarterly meetings annually
  • Commit to participate in at least one event

Teen Volunteers assist visitors with take-home art activities in the RAM Art Annex and help RAM staff during annual events at the museum.

Requirements:

  • Attendance at annual Teen Volunteer training sessions
  • Commit to complete one shift or participate in one program per month

Benefits

Volunteers receive a free Individual Membership to Rockford Art Museum that includes a 10% discount at the RAM Store, free docent trainings and educational programming, plus discounts on registration fees for museum classes and trips.

Interested?

Please fill out the above form. If you have any questions about the Volunteer Program or various positions, please contact RAM at (815) 968-2787 or education@rockfordartmuseum.org.