Cultural and Performing Arts

About volunteering in cultural settings:  museums, orchestras, performing groups in any art form.

After dismissing docents, Hirshhorn starts new program to encourage their return, Peggy McGlone, The Washington Post, 2015

How NOT to work with volunteers.

Clarifying Expectations on Both Sides, Eileen Hammond, 64-66, Directory of Social Change, 2008
Internal Marketing, Izabella Csordas, pp. 97-99, Foundation for Museums and Visitors, Hungary, 2012
Museums Seek Greater Control of Docents, Ellen Gamerman, Wall Street Journal, 2015

A wave of retired baby boomers is volunteering as docents at museums—but they sometimes go rogue; ‘Like Mutiny on the Bounty’

Two Volunteer Program Structures, Joan Kuyper, with Ellen Hirzy and Kathleen Huftalen, Volunteer Program Administration: A Handbook for Museums and Other Cultural Institutions, American Association for Museum Volunteers, 1993
by Renaissance London, report of a 3-year project at the largest archaeological archive in Europe designed to test volunteering as a form of social inclusion by recruiting volunteers from diverse backgrounds , 2010, pp. 18
a toolkit for arts volunteer-involving organisations in Ireland from Volunteer Ireland and Voluntary Arts Ireland , 2014, pp. 51
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Established in 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City is the pioneer in arts-related legal aid and educational programs about the legal and business issues that affect artist and arts organizations.  They provide a national VLA Directory by state to assist the arts community in areas outside of the New York region and recommend contacting your local and state arts council and bar association if seeking information and access to services.

Online discussion group for leaders of volunteers in the performing and other cultural arts.

The only national professional association dedicated to the paid and unpaid staff members who work together in all categories of museums, large and small. AAMV provides information and services to individuals, groups, and museums that seek to start or improve their museum volunteer program.

The premier advocate and resource for the advancement and development of volunteerism in support of opera.  OVI is dedicated to stimulating interest in and growth and support of opera in communities worldwide by connecting opera support groups, individual volunteers, donors, opera company staff and others interested in expanding the future of opera.

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