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Accepting applications now for 2024!
Volunteer training dates to be posted soon.
Interested in becoming a Frist Art Museum docent?
We are currently recruiting volunteers to serve as members of our docent corp. Docents are volunteer teachers or tour guides who are specially trained to educate museum visitors about art through the Frist Art Museum’s exhibitions.
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 volunteer@FristArtMuseum.org or 615.744.3329.
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To see a current listing of volunteer opportunities, please click here.
Before submitting an application, please review the Frequently Asked Questions page to make sure our program is right for you. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee your acceptance into the program. Volunteers will be selected based on availability, level of commitment, and the needs of the Frist Art Museum. All volunteers must pass a background check. If you are accepted into the program, we will contact you when we schedule the next training session.
Questions? Contact our Guest Services Director at volunteer@FristArtMuseum.org or 615.744.3329.
Brentwood High School Student, 11th grade
1. Why did you want to volunteer at the Frist?
I wanted to volunteer because I had initially heard it from my two sisters, who both also volunteered here. The first time visiting the museum, I was captivated by the Grand Lobby. The ceilings and walls are gorgeous; and the art inside is even better! I love to do art in my free time and have been charmed with it ever since I was a kid, so volunteering at the Frist felt like an amazing opportunity I couldn’t pass up!
2. What has been your favorite exhibition so far?
My favorite exhibition has been Mary Sibande: Blue Purple Red. Every single piece was absolutely gorgeous. I loved how well the artist meshed the themes that blue, purple, and red bring, and the detailed work was absolutely incredible. Every shift I would take a break to look at the pieces in this exhibition; the color work was fascinating! Photos of this exhibition don’t do it enough justice.
3. What does volunteering at the Frist mean to you?
It means meeting new people and spending time near the cool art that the museum showcases! I really like helping people make art in Martin ArtQuest; it’s so amazing to see what people can make. I love seeing what people can create, even if they don’t call themselves artists. It’s really amazing to see someone proud of their work and see that I helped them.
4. What has been your favorite Frist volunteer moment so far?
I was working in Guest Services and two tourists walked up to me with their suitcases in hand. They asked me to watch their bags as they toured the museum, and even offered to pay me after. I didn’t accept any money, but they were so kind and so excited about art! Those moments patiently waiting for their return as I guarded their bags was kind of funny; it was random, but I didn’t mind at all. I wonder how they are doing now!
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.