Go van Gogh

Go van Gogh® School Year Outreach Program

If you love working with children, have a passion for art, and want to give back to Dallas schools, Go van Gogh is the volunteer program for you! Go van Gogh school outreach volunteers lead experiences in Dallas elementary classrooms that encourage students to practice visual literacy and critical thinking by looking closely at works of art and express creativity through art-making activities. 

School year programs are 60 to 90 minutes in length and consist of an interactive presentation, anchored by artworks in the Museum's collection, followed by an art-making activity. Programs are scheduled on weekday mornings at schools across Dallas. Volunteers are asked to teach two programs per month from late September to mid-May. Volunteers may either carpool with staff in the Go van Gogh minivan or meet at the program site. 

In the 2019–2020 school year, we will offer a Spanish-language Go van Gogh program that centers on themes related to Latino and Latin American art and culture. Spanish-language skills are required to lead this particular program but are not required for all of our other Go van Gogh school outreach programs. Additionally, English fluency is not required to lead our Spanish-language program. Previous experience teaching or working with youth is strongly recommended for all Go van Gogh volunteers.

Interested volunteers must attend training sessions held on Tuesday mornings at the DMA in August and September. All Go van Gogh volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and must undergo a two-part screening process including free DISD volunteer registration and a background check through Verified Volunteers.

If you have questions about the Go van Gogh volunteer program, email volunteers@DMA.org.


DMA docents conduct weekly tours of the Museum’s collection and exhibitions for groups of visitors ranging from elementary school students to adult visitors. The knowledge and strategies for conducting tours are accumulated over a yearlong training program consisting of lectures, gallery talks, and workshops led by staff and outside experts.

We seek applicants who have a desire to communicate the power of art to others. A degree in art history is not required. We ask that all docents commit to remaining in the program for a minimum of two years. Docents attend weekly trainings every Monday, September–May.

Each docent is required to lead two one-hour tours per week, Tuesday–Friday, throughout the school year, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Docents have the option to continue touring in the summer.

We are not currently accepting applications for the Docent Program. We will begin accepting applications for the next New Docent class in April 2019. Please contact Lindsay O'Connor at teacherprograms@DMA.org if you have any questions.

Teen Ambassadors

Formerly the DMA Teen Docent program, the Teen Ambassador program provides opportunities for high school students to initiate and deepen their relationship with the DMA. Teen Ambassadors lead summer family programs and gallery activities for young visitors (ages 5–12). Family programs range from drop-in art-making activities in the Center for Creative Connections to Family Storytime in the galleries.

We seek teens who are comfortable talking about works of art and engaging with young children. You must be at least 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade or equivalent to be eligible for this opportunity.

We are not currently accepting applications for the Teen Ambassador Program. Applications will open for next year's program in April 2019. If you have any questions regarding the Teen Ambassador Program, email teens@DMA.org.

Teen Advisory Council

The Teen Advisory Council, or TAC for short, is a group of highly motivated high school students who help shape the direction of how the Museum engages with youth audiences. Members of the council  develop innovative interdisciplinary programming for Museum visitors of all ages, and serve as ambassadors for the Museum to the community. Being a TAC member is an opportunity to develop leadership, project management, and hands-on facilitation skills, as well as work directly with museum professionals. Teen Advisory Council members commit to attending two Thursday evening planning meetings a month and volunteering at hosted events at least once a month from September through July.

We are not currently accepting applications for the Teen Advisory Council. Applications for the 2019–2020 cohort will open in August 2019. If you have any questions regarding the Teen Advisory Council, email teens@DMA.org.



Community Programs

If you enjoy working with people of all ages, have a passion for art, and want to help the DMA increase access to arts programming across the city, Community Programs is the volunteer opportunity for you! 

DMA Community Programs volunteers are a new corps of DMA volunteers who make possible newly created off-site DMA experiences for youth, families, and adults in Dallas communities. Community programs volunteers serve as teaching assistants in multi-session weekday afterschool programs and weekend single-session workshops, encouraging attendees to make connections to works of art in the Museum's collection and express their creativity through art-making activities. In addition to program facilitation, volunteers play an integral role in behind-the-scenes program prep and will assist with program evaluation.

Community Programs volunteers also have opportunities to represent the Museum at community events and festivals. Most festivals will take place on weekends during the daytime, with some evening weekday events. Duties will include loading supplies at the Museum and transporting them to events, providing information about Museum programs and exhibitions to event visitors, facilitating art activities, overseeing assistant volunteers, and packing up and returning supplies to the Museum. 

Bilingual or multiple-language skills are considered an asset, but are not required. Previous experience teaching or working with youth is preferred. Volunteers should communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds, and be punctual, proactive, and responsible. Volunteers must be able to lift 25 lbs., possess a valid driver's license, and have transportation to off-site events. Volunteers should plan to assist with two programs per month and remain in the program for a period of one year.

Interested volunteers must attend two training sessions held at the DMA in February. All Community Programs volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and must undergo a background check through Verified Volunteers. 

If you have any questions about the Community Programs volunteer opportunity, email volunteers@DMA.org.

Center for Creative Connections (C3)

We seek applicants who enjoy engaging with the public! Volunteers with the Center for Creative Connections (C3) greet visitors, answer visitor questions, and provide information on the Museum's collection, programs, and activities. Volunteers also facilitate interactive educational experiences for visitors of all ages, which often include conversations with visitors about works of art and hands-on creative activities. In addition, volunteers help with the general upkeep of C3 by organizing and maintaining gallery spaces and preparing program and activity supplies.

You must be at least 18 years of age and we require all volunteers to commit to remaining in the program for a minimum of one year. In addition to a mandatory orientation, volunteers have the opportunity to attend training sessions throughout the year. Volunteers are expected to work two shifts per month. Shifts are available Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Thursday 6:00–9:00 p.m., and selected Fridays 6:00 p.m.–midnight. Volunteers with weekday morning and afternoon availability are preferred.

We are currently recruiting new C3 volunteers; click here to apply. If you have any questions about the C3 volunteer program, email volunteers@DMA.org.

Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages that features award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. The series is recognized for its creative multidisciplinary programming—combining literature with visual arts, music, and film—and for commissioning new work from musicians, dancers, and poets, inspired by works of art in the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer for this program and able to stand for long periods of time. All Arts & Letters Live volunteers are required to sign up for a minimum of four programs and must work at least three book signings per season. All volunteers will receive complimentary parking in the DMA garage and free admission to selected programs.

Program dates and times vary and will occasionally be located offsite.

If you have questions about the Arts & Letters Live volunteer program or would like more information, email volunteers@DMA.org.