Frequently Asked Questions:
- What do volunteers do at the Frist?
- What are the benefits of becoming an active volunteer?*
- How old do you have to be to volunteer?
- Do you offer group volunteer opportunities?
- Are there any special requirements?
- How do I apply to become a volunteer?
- What is the volunteer commitment?
- How do I receive training?
- How does volunteer scheduling work?
- How long are the volunteer shifts?
- How do I find out more?
- What do teen volunteers do at the Frist?
What do volunteers do at the Frist?
Volunteers support the Frist Art Museum in a variety of roles by providing assistance to both our staff and visitors in diverse ways. Volunteer opportunities change from time to time. To see our current offerings, click here.
We will do our best to place you in one of your top three choices based on your availability, interests, and the needs of the Frist Art Museum.
What are the benefits of becoming an active volunteer?*
We know your free time is special. In addition to working with an appreciative staff, here are some of the benefits we are proud to offer our volunteers:
Complimentary access to the Frist Art Museum galleries
10 percent gift shop discount
25 percent café discount
Volunteer lounge with refreshments
Free parking during volunteer shifts
Annual recognition event
Volunteer-only educational and social events
* Benefits are subject to change at any time during special exhibitions
How old do you have to be to volunteer?
All volunteers must be at least 15 years of age.
Do you offer group volunteer opportunities?
At this time, we do not offer any one-time group volunteer opportunities.
Are there any special requirements?
All volunteers must pass a criminal background screening.
How do I apply to become a volunteer?
People interested in volunteering at the Frist Art Museum may submit an application here.
Volunteers are selected based on availability, level of commitment, and the needs of the Frist Art Museum. People selected for our program will be contacted prior to the next training session.
What is the volunteer commitment?
12 shifts a year with an initial commitment of 2 shifts a month for the first 4 months
How do I receive training?
Volunteer trainings are offered a few times each year based on the needs of the Frist Art Museum. Training is generally conducted in one day; however, some volunteer positions may require additional training.
How does volunteer scheduling work?
We have a very easy-to-use online scheduling and communications system for maintaining your volunteer schedule. Before volunteer training, we create your schedule by using the information you provide on your application. Volunteers are usually scheduled for a weekly shift on the same day, or a bi-weekly shift on the same day. An example of this would be: the first, third, and fifth Wednesday afternoons of a month from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
How long are the volunteer shifts?
Most volunteer shifts are four hours with one 15-minute break.
How do I find out more?
Please contact our volunteer services manager, Ronny Criss, at 615.744.3329 or volunteer@FristArtMuseum.org.
What do teen volunteers do at the Frist?
Teen volunteers are generally placed in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, our interactive space. There is always a supervisor present in ArtQuest and teens work as part of a team instead of independently. We do, however, sometimes place teen volunteers in other locations like the gift shop or audio tour distribution.