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General MCA Volunteers

General volunteers assist museum staff and help carry out the mission of the MCA by interacting with visitors and serving as welcoming representatives of the museum. Opportunities to usher at education lectures or accept membership cards at members’ openings come up on a regular basis. Other opportunities, such as off-site volunteering or short-term office assistance, come up intermittently as well. Each month enrolled volunteers receive an email with the upcoming month’s opportunities. Volunteers sign up for those dates that fit their schedules, and the spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. We will keep your application on file. Selected candidates will be interviewed, and upon selection to the program, will be asked to participate in a volunteer orientation session.

Candidates must be at least 21 years of age to volunteer at First Fridays and Member/Exhibition Openings.

To qualify as an active volunteer, each individual must volunteer for a minimum of four hours every four months starting from the volunteer training session. If this minimum requirement is not met, an individual will be listed as inactive. Additional information is provided during our volunteer training sessions which occur in March, July, and November.

For more information on becoming a general MCA volunteer, please contact the Internship and Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@mcachicago.org.


Family Program Volunteers

In January of 2009, a new program began for volunteers specifically interested in interacting with families and children and learning about projects which successfully engage families with young children in a contemporary art museum setting. Events such as Family Days, Summer Studios, and other events are available to Family Program volunteers on a regular basis. Volunteers welcome and direct families upon their arrival to the museum, assist staff and teaching artists at creation stations, and may be asked to represent the MCA at off-site events. Individuals interested in interacting with families as well as students currently enrolled in art education and early childhood education programs are encouraged to apply.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and interviews are scheduled when a position becomes available. Please indicate your interest in Family Programs on the application form.

All Family Program volunteers complete a background check before starting their hours.

To qualify as an active volunteer, each individual must volunteer for a minimum of four hours every four months starting from the volunteer training session. If this minimum requirement is not met, an individual will be listed as inactive. Additional information is provided during our volunteer training sessions which occur in March, July, and November.

For more information on becoming a family programs volunteer, please contact the Internship and Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@mcachicago.org.


Performance Ushers

Performance ushers take tickets, direct theater patrons to seats, escort disabled patrons, and provide other assistance as directed by the house manager during MCA performances in our 300-seat theater.

For more information, please call the performance volunteer hotline at 312.397.4072 or email your inquiry to housemanagers@mcachicago.org.


Docents

If you love learning about contemporary art and would like to share that knowledge with others, consider becoming a docent at the MCA. Docents give public tours of the exhibitions to adult visitors and receive ongoing training from educators, curators, and artists. Docents commit to one or two days of touring per month (one or two tours per day), attendance at ongoing training sessions, and a minimum of two years of touring after the initial training. We are currently accepting names for our waiting list. For more information, please call Susan Musich at 312.397.3899.