Why should you become a volunteer at The Trout Museum of Art?
Volunteers play an essential role in sharing TMA’s engaging exhibitions, education, and event programming with the community. We are always on the lookout for dynamic, curious individuals who want to be a part of our TMA team. Get involved in something outside of work and, most importantly, get involved in the community by giving back — something that is important to the success of everyone in the Fox Cities.
Become a Volunteer at TMA:
- Please fill out the volunteer application.
- The Volunteer Coordinator will reach out within one week to invite you to a Volunteer Orientation. At this orientation, you will receive a tour of the museum, learn about our programs and get all your volunteer questions answered, and decide if TMA is for you! **Please bring a photo ID to this orientation.
- Once you decide if TMA is a place you would like to become involved, we will process your application and run a routine background check. We will notify you within one week if your application is approved.
- Following your approval you may sign up for current volunteer opportunities.*
*Please note, your application needs to be processed and approved before signing up for available volunteer opportunities.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Enthusiastic and outgoing, a Museum Ambassador is the face of the museum to both our members and the public. They ensure everyone who walks through our door is greeted warmly and has the most up-to-date information available about the museum, our exhibitions, and our programs.
A Museum Ambassador will dedicate a scheduled two to five days a month in four to eight hour shifts. This program is great for retirees or students looking to socialize in a welcoming environment.
There are two categories of these volunteers:
Gallery Host Volunteers
Our Gallery Hosts are responsible for sharing information about the museum in a unique and authentic way, much as someone would with friends and family. These volunteers:
- Welcome all our guests as they enter the museum
- Aid in our admission area checking in members and selling memberships and merchandise
- Knowledge of technology is preferred for this position. If you would prefer not to use technology, please see the volunteer docent position below.
- Answer questions about the museum, our membership program, and our educational programming
- Move around the museum looking for visitors who need direction or information
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time and love to work with diverse guests from around the Fox Cities and world.
Docent Host Volunteers
Docents lead fun and educational guided tours for school groups and daily visitors to the museum. If you enjoy discussing artwork with others, consider joining the docent program.
The most important qualities you need to become a docent are a love of art and people, and the ability to commit your time to the museum. Although no prior art knowledge is necessary, a desire to learn and teach is essential.
Docents receive formal training and will receive a walkthrough of each new exhibition so they will have all the essential information needed to give a successful tour.
TMA seeks Museum Ambassadors who will donate two to five days a month in four to eight hour shifts. A suggested schedule is one shift per week or one shift every other weekend, but we will of course work with each individual’s schedule.
The ideal characteristics of a Museum Ambassador:
- Shares a passion for the Trout Museum of Art
- Is courteous, friendly, and approachable
- Can retain and relay information
- Enjoys helping and interacting with new people
- Works well with others
- Experience with technology a plus, but not required for the docent program
Museum Ambassador Interest Form
Follow this link to let us know you’re interested in becoming a Museum Ambassador at TMA
*College or high school students who have an interest in gallery operations and would like to pursue internship/service hours hours in our gallery, please connect with Ashley, Volunteer Coordinator.
Docent Tours – Sign Up
The Docent Program at the Trout Museum of Art is key to providing educational experiences to the local community and plays a role in connecting the public with the exhibits we host. Prior to each exhibition, Docents will attend a brief walkthrough of the featured exhibit.
Shadow a docent! If you are interested in seeing what a docent does in our museum, we offer a new opportunity to shadow a docent. Visit the sign-up link above to see the dates available.
Additional tour dates can be found under our Young Audiences Program. In this program, docents will lead tours for participating youth, then guide them upstairs to complete an art project with a local artist. Find the Young Audiences Sign Up here.
Studio Guide – Sign-Up
Help guide students arriving for classes and workshops.
This individual will:
- Meet students as they arrive for a program, sign them in, and show them to the 5th floor studios.
- Assist the teaching artist and the participating students with the program
- As they leave, again show the students downstairs to meet their families and wait for everyone to leave.
SPARK! Program – Sign Up
SPARK! is a monthly engagement program held at the Trout Museum of Art or St. Paul Elder Services in Kaukauna for caregivers and loved ones living with memory loss. Each one hour program is led by museum educators who engage participants in interactive art experiences.
Interested in the SPARK program? Please contact Ashley for an informal orientation specific to SPARK!.
Big Arts in the Little Apple (BALA) – Sign up
An opportunity we are very excited to be involved in for the first time this year! BALA is an annual collaboration with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Appleton Area School District that explores the intersection of music and the visual arts. We introduce elementary students (grades 2-6) to a piece of symphonic music, then they respond through the creation of their own visual artwork. Volunteers will assist in the framing of youth artwork and hang it in designated areas around the Fox Cities!
Young Audiences Fine Arts Series- Sign Up
Young Audiences engages young children with interactive performances, demonstrations, museum tours and hands-on art class. Many of these students could not afford come to the museum without this free programming.Volunteers get the opportunity to assist youth in the art studio as they create an art masterpiece or lead brief tours of our exhibitions to the youth involved.
Jazz at the Trout – Sign up
A monthly concert series featuring jazz’s brightest and most talented performers and musicians. From October to May, TMA hosts a once monthly Jazz concert. Volunteers assist in the set-up/clean-up of the events, check guests and coats, and make change as a bartender helper. Volunteers may enjoy the concert between the beginning, intermission, and closing.
Art at the Park – Sign Up Coming Soon!
This free summer tradition celebrates the extraordinary talent of nearly 200 artists from across the country showing and selling paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and much more. Volunteers assist with various tasks before, during and after the Art at the Park, including event setup, artist check-in, assisting with children’s art activities, greeting attendees, and so much more!
Painting Volunteers – Sign-Up
We are searching for volunteers to assist in painting our gallery walls in preparation for our next exhibition. If you have experience in painting walls, we are looking for assistance the week of February 3rd to the 6th from 10am to 3pm.