Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available. Along with having passion for the Taft Museum of Art and its collections, the only prerequisite is that you must be a member. For more information, please contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteers@taftmuseum.org or (513) 684-4517.

Interested in becoming a Visitor Experience Volunteer?

The Taft Museum of Art  is recruiting Volunteers to assist with a wide range of duties in the Education and Visitor Services departments. Volunteers welcome visitors to the museum, help with way finding, check in visitors during Public Programs, assist the Visitor Services Team with Admissions as needed, or help families complete a craft during a family program.

The position requires speaking with small-large groups of people, ability to give clear and concise directions, some standing and walking, a current email address, and a friendly demeanor. Volunteers will make a commitment of serving at least 6 hours a month.

Benefits of volunteering include:

  • Training to make volunteers an integral part of one of the Cincinnati area’s most distinguished museums
  •  Invitations to educational tours of new exhibitions and other public programs
  • 20% discount in the Museum Store and 10% discount in the Café
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon
  • Free parking during the Greeter’s shift as available in the Museum’s garage
  • Networking opportunities to create new friendships and social contacts
  • Valuable volunteer experience that can be documented on resumes

Please click Volunteer Application to download the application. Please submit your application and direct any questions to Erin Holland at volunteers@taftmuseum.org.

Interested in joining the Docent class of 2016?

The Taft Museum of Art is recruiting docents (volunteer museum guides). Docent trainees meet for classes Wednesday afternoons October through May. Graduates of training make a commitment to serve as docents for a minimum of three years.

Docents are ambassadors for the museum and share the slogan “Cincinnati’s Home for Art” to those they encounter. Docents work with those of all ages in a professional manner as gallery guides, tour providers, and teachers of children and young adults in school programs.

Docents further their understanding of art through continuing education by attending regularly scheduled meetings and walk-throughs for special exhibitions, and engaging in local and national docent activities.

Docents develop new tours and work at improving touring techniques, aware of the need to preserve the best of the past while using contemporary trends in touring, such as connecting art with other disciplines.

The Docent is work sixteen (16) hours per month in museum programs. The sixteen (16) hours must include:

All of the three (3) following activities:

  1. Lead scheduled non-school-based museum tours.
  2. Participate in curriculum-based school tours.
  3. Serve as gallery guides in their first three (3) years.

In addition, two (2) of the following activities:

  1. Artists Reaching Classrooms
  2. Talks of the Taft Speakers’ Bureau
  3. Alzheimer’s programs (Memories in the Museum)
  4. Weekend and evening events
  5. Leadership on Docent Council
  6. Special program development in coordination with the Education Department
  7. Other educational on-site or outreach programs developed by the Education Dept.
  8. Fundraising leadership
  9. Assisting museum staff through special skills or by appointment

Docents are also required to attend monthly docent meetings and any special exhibition walk through trainings.

Please click New Docent Application 2015 to download the application. The application period closes on August 28th and classes start in October (exact date TBD).

Please send completed applications to Lisa Morrisette at lmorrisette@taftmuseum.org.


For more information on volunteer programs, please contact Erin Holland at 513-684-4517 or volunteers@taftmuseum.org.

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