As a community arts hub, the Emerson relies on the time, energy and enthusiasm donated by community volunteers and interns. You can get involved by becoming a docent, helping with events, monitoring art education classes or in our office. Simply fill out a volunteer application, send it to the Emerson and a volunteer coordinator will contact you. Thanks for your support!

Download Volunteer Application


Download Summer Teen Internship Application


Every spring and fall the Emerson creates a team of volunteer docents to lead our Schools in the Gallery education outreach program. This program serves school aged children, primarily grades K – 8, by offering professional gallery tours and optional hands-on art enrichment activities.

Docents get the opportunity to learn directly from artists about their techniques and processes used while creating the exhibited body of work and also get a valuable hands-on experience teaching youth in our community about contemporary art.



  • Monitor open art classes. Check in participants and collect money. Clean and organize studio spaces. Maintain studio rules and use of equipment.



  • Volunteers can assist with setup, greeting, managing activities, event takedown, and more.
  • Emerson special events include Celebration of the Arts, Christmas Stroll, Lunch on the Lawn, and Garden & Home Tour.



  • Open and secure Jessie Wilber Gallery. Answer questions, tally, and direct visitors.
  • Volunteer must be available on select Saturdays, mid-morning through mid-afternoon.



  • Organizing and filing storage documents. Maintenance of grounds such as cutting bushes, picking up debris, weeding, sweeping sidewalks, etc.



  • Internships are available for high school aged students who would like to enhance their leadership skills by assisting our lead teachers during Summer Art Camps.
  • Applications will be available in the Spring for the following Summer.


If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer for the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture and you have additional questions, please call 406.587.9797 ext. 105 or email