Why should you become a volunteer at The Trout Museum of Art?
Volunteers play an essential role in sharing TMA’s engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and events with the community. We are always on the lookout for dynamic, curious individuals who want to be a part of our TMA team.
First time volunteer?
- Please fill out the volunteer application.
- The Volunteer Coordinator will reach out within one week to invite you to an informal Volunteer Orientation. At this orientation, you will receive a tour of the museum, learn about our programs, get all your volunteer questions answered, and decide if TMA is for you!
- Following your orientation you may sign up for current volunteer opportunities.
*Art at the Park volunteers may skip these steps and sign up immediately. A special introduction and orientation will be provided closer to the event.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Art at the Park – Sign-Up
Saturday, July 25th 9am – 9pm
Sunday, July 26th 9am – 4pm
Additional volunteer opportunities July 23rd, 24th, and 27th for set-up and clean-up.
Art at the Park is a free summer festival that celebrates the extraordinary talent of nearly 200 artists from across the country as they show and sell paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and much more. Volunteers assist with various tasks before, during and after the Art at the Park, including event set-up, artist check-in, assisting with children’s art activities, greeting attendees, and so much more!
This year we are transitioning to a TWO-day event for our 60th anniversary! Be sure to check back regularly as volunteer areas may be added as we plan for the event in the coming months.
Teams are welcome! Have a work, friend, or community group that would like to volunteer as a team? Just sign-up with the main contact email of the group and indicate the approximate number in your group. Numbers do not need to be exact at this point.
Summer Art Camp – Sign-Up
TMA offers a full schedule of summer camps for young artists ages 2 – 18 starting in June. TMA camps cover a variety of mediums, techniques, and skill levels, all taught by local artists!
- Meet students as they arrive for camp, sign them in, and show them to the 5th floor studios.
- Assist the teaching artist and the participating students with the program. (no art experience required!)
- As students leave, again show the students downstairs to meet their families and wait for everyone to leave.
Big Arts in the Little Apple (BALA) – Sign up
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. Elementary students select a piece of symphonic music and respond through the creation of their own visual artwork.
Volunteers and TMA staff will collaboratively matte and label 600 to 1,000 pieces of youth artwork created during this project from April 17th to 23rd. The work will then be installed throughout the Fox Cities, creating a community wide youth art show.
SPARK! Program – Sign Up
SPARK! is a monthly engagement program held at the Trout Museum of Art and 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!.
Young Audiences Fine Arts Series- Sign Up
Young Audiences is a monthly program that engages young children with interactive performances, demonstrations, museum tours, and hands-on art-making.
Volunteers help youth engage in an interactive performance and create an art masterpiece in the TMA Education Center.
Community Public Market – Sign up
Join TMA for the Community Public Market. Volunteers assist TMA staff in our informational booth handing out information and making buttons with visitors.
Dates include April 18th and May 30th (May date rescheduled from March).
Summertime Farmers Market – Sign up
Dates are coming soon for the Downtown Appleton Farmers Market on summertime Saturday mornings. Create art with the little ones at the market; a new art project will be featured every week. Stay tuned for updates.
Special Events – Sign Up
TMA hosts a number of events for members, the community, and creative professionals. Volunteers assist in a range of areas including: set-up, coat check, museum security, a bartender’s helper, and with clean-up. Click the sign-up to see what events we have coming up.
Current upcoming Events: Made to Order Art Party.
Jazz at the Trout – Sign up
From October to May, TMA hosts a once a monthly concert series featuring jazz’s brightest and most talented performers and musicians. Volunteers assist in the set-up/clean-up of the events, check in guests and coats, and make change as a bartender helper. Volunteers may enjoy the concert between the beginning, intermission, and closing.
*The March Jazz at the Trout concert has been rescheduled for June 18th. You can now find sign-ups for this date through the sign-up link.
Docent Tours – Sign Up
Gallery Docents at the Trout Museum of Art is lead fun and educational guided tour of our exhibitions. They play a key role in connecting the public with the exhibits we host. Prior to each exhibition, Docents are able to attend a brief walkthrough of the featured exhibit.
Materials specific to the current SECURA Fine Arts Exhibition will be available for volunteers to review. Volunteers who would like to view the exhibition prior to their shift may contact Ashley.
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.
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.
- Lead fun and educational guided tours for school groups and daily visitors to the museum.
- Welcome all our guests as they enter the museum.
- Aid in our admission area checking in members and selling memberships and merchandise.
- Answer questions about the museum, our membership program, and our educational programming.
If you enjoy discussing artwork with others, consider joining the Museum Ambassador program. The most important qualities needed 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.
Formal training with each new exhibition will be offered so Ambassadors have all the essential information needed to give a successful tour.