Life would be bland without the imagination, creativity and beauty of art, and those who love it. Here are some of the best places for art lovers to volunteer their services in D.C.

Friends Of The Kennedy Center
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 416-8000

Becoming a Friends of the Kennedy Center volunteer is a perfect way to give back to the arts community. Ever since the volunteer organization first began in 1965, its helpers have been assisting this prestigious institution and having fun along the way. “Friends” volunteers lend a great deal of support to the Washington National Opera in many capacities including auditions, costuming, artist transportation and the yearly event of Opera In The Outfield. Friends also enjoy many benefits like occasional complimentary and discount tickets. But sometimes the greatest benefits aren’t tangible. Perhaps festival and event volunteer Ashwin Saboo says it best: “You meet so many wonderful people, and the diversity all around the Center creates an ambiance that is full of energy!”

614 S St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-0220

ArtSpace is an incubator for artistry and creativity in the DC community where practicing artists and beginners can cultivate their originality and artistic voice. Artists are able to fellowship with each other as they practice their craft and share and gather skills. Through the organization’s Artist Exchange Program, artists can volunteer to teach in their area of expertise in exchange for free use of ArtSpace facilities. They can also volunteer to mentor a youth to help develop their artistic voice and individuality. The organization is also seeking volunteers to help with its Gallery Series art shows in the areas of artist selection, marketing, art display and clean-up.

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The Washington Performing Arts Society
2000 L St. N.W., Suite #510
Washington DC 20036
(202) 833-9800

The goal of the Washington Performing Arts Society is to deliver the highest caliber and best variety of performance arts presentations to the Washington community, as well as provide learning opportunities through arts education. WPAS volunteers make all of this possible. Volunteers can help in a variety of capacities such as providing administrative support and artist transportation and hospitality. During events, they can assist with “front-of-house” duties, as well as help with the WPAS Annual Gala. WPAS is always on the lookout for new volunteers and welcomes clubs, organizations and businesses.

Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Road, N.W., Suite #101
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 797-2145

Sitar Arts Center serves underprivileged children and youth by providing an education in the visual, performing and digital arts. The entire operation is possible because of volunteers—in any given semester, over 100 volunteers give of their time to teach the students. The center’s volunteer faculty teaches visual arts, music, dance, drama, creative writing and graphic arts. Other volunteer opportunities are available in the areas of lobby hosting, performing administrative duties, center maintenance and even event support. To volunteer outside of the classroom, you can download the volunteer application here.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 633-1000

You’ll find all kinds of volunteer opportunities available at the American Art Museum. The museum is our nation’s first collection of American art, and spans over 300 years of creativity and culturerepresenting the essence of the American experience. Volunteers can keep themselves busy in a variety of ways including becoming a museum docent, a video conference presenter, a sign language gallery guide, a volunteer who performs hands-on activities with families with children ages six to 12 and by helping at the Luce Foundation Center Information Desk. You can even volunteer to help behind the scenes or become a visitor information specialist at the museum’s info desk.

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