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Each year, hundreds of volunteers of all abilities inspire people to look at their world in new ways. When you contribute your time and skills to the Frist Art Museum, you not only support the arts in our community, but also get to meet interesting people (like you!).

The Frist Art Museum is certified in Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE), which recognizes nonprofits with high-quality volunteer management practices.

To learn about volunteer opportunities, including those for individuals who require reasonable accommodations, please contact our Guest Services Director at or 615.744.3329.

Won’t you consider becoming part of our team? CLICK HERE to learn more about our program.

Volunteer Opportunities

The next volunteer trainings session will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. We are looking for volunteers to assist in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, Gift Shop, and Guest Services.

To see a current listing of volunteer opportunities, please click here.

Questions? Contact our manager of visitor engagement at or 615.744.3329.

Volunteer Profiles

Azadeh Najafian
Former: High school teacher, college professor.
PhD in Persian literature

1. Why did you want to volunteer at the Frist?
Since I remember, Art has been an inseparable part of my life. Born and raised in a historic city, Shiraz (Iran), I have learned that art is a way of living this life that gives depth and meaning to it. When we moved to Nashville I found the Frist as one of the active centers for arts in this city. It was an easy decision; I had to join them.

2. What has been your favorite exhibition so far?
It is not easy to pick one, but I think Phantom Bodies is one of my most favorite. The way that artists were looking through the human bodies and beyond them was fascinating. It was like being somewhere between nightmare and dream!

3. What does volunteering at the Frist mean to you?
It means being a part of a significant and high-level community of art-lovers.

4. What has been your favorite Frist volunteer moment so far?
Working with children, laughing with them and enjoying the moment with them in Family Free Day.

Dierdre Dickerson
Current: Vice President, Communications Strategies, Nashville
Former: Director of US Corporate Communications, McCain Foods USA Corporate Manager, Internal Communications, Nissan North America

1. Why did you want to volunteer at the Frist?
I have always loved art and been fascinated at the way artists see. Growing up in New York, I was fortunate to be surrounded by many different art museums that highlighted different schools and types of art. The first time I went to the Frist after moving to Nashville, I was completely captivated by the building and by the exhibits. Once I had a little more time to myself, I thought volunteering at the Frist would be a great way to feed my artistic soul and meet people from all over the world.

2. What has been your favorite exhibition so far?
They’re all pretty amazing and of course Bellissima is jaw dropping but my favorite so far is Inka Essenhigh: Between Worlds. I love the strangeness of her work and the peek she gives us into worlds that only exist in her imagination. So many of her pieces seem to change every time you look at them. Details jump out that you didn’t notice before; colors are highlighted that you didn’t see the last time you looked; you notice creatures hiding in the background that escaped your attention. Her work speaks to my love of all things strange and weird and otherworldly.

3. What does volunteering at the Frist mean to you?
It means I’m able to share my love of art with our visitors and help them experience the Frist in the best possible way. I want them to leave us already planning their next visit and impatient to tell all their friends what a special place the Frist is. And I get to work with really wonderful people who live and breathe the vision and mission of the Frist and who make all of our visitors feel like they have landed in the best place on earth!

4. What has been your favorite Frist Volunteer moment so far?
Well there are two that I have to mention. I was doing a shift as a visitor ambassador and a gentleman stopped to ask me where the Italian sports car exhibit was located. His friends who live in town told him they were on display and, as he was visiting from Italy, he was very excited. I was very confused as I thought if we had Italian sports cars in the building I surely would have noticed. I hated telling him that the Bellissima exhibit was still 6 months away but encouraged him to come back then if he could and he did! I was on-site the day he came back and he re-introduced himself to me and thanked me for making the exhibit sound so amazing that he had to come back to see it. That was wonderful!

The other was when a staff member from the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, DC, visited ArtQuest and told us that she had never seen anything like it at any of the other museums she had visited and how it inspired her to investigate the possibility of doing something like it at NMAI that would incorporate Native American art and culture in a hands-on art setting like ours.

Since before we opened our doors in 2001, volunteers from throughout the Nashville community have been an important part of helping us fulfill the Frist Art Museum’s mission and vision.

In a typical year, more than 300 volunteers provide more than 25,000 hours of service to the Frist Art Museum. Docents lead more than 15,000 visitors on tours, Guest Services volunteers welcome over 200,000 people into our exhibition galleries, and ArtQuest volunteers assist over 110,000 children and families in the Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

Please consider supporting the Frist Art Museum with a donation. Your gift is essential to our mission of serving the community through the arts and art access in particular. We truly appreciate your generosity.