Go van Gogh

Go van Gogh® School Year Outreach Program

If you love working with children, have a passion for art, and want to give back to the community, Go van Gogh is the volunteer program for you! Go van Gogh school outreach volunteers lead experiences in Dallas elementary classrooms that encourage students to look closely at works of art in the Museum’s collection and express their creativity with art-making activities.

School year programs are 60 to 90 minutes in length and consist of an interactive presentation featuring images from the Museum's collection followed by a hands-on art activity. Programs are scheduled Wednesday-Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at schools across Dallas. Volunteers are asked to teach two programs per month from late September to mid-May. Volunteers may either carpool with staff in the Go van Gogh minivan or meet at the program site. 

Bilingual language skills are a plus, but are not required to participate. Previous experience teaching or working with children ages 6 to 12 strongly recommended.

Interested volunteers must attend bimonthly training sessions held on Tuesday mornings at the DMA from late August to mid-October. All Go van Gogh volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and must undergo a two-part screening process including free DISD volunteer registration and a $17 self-paid background check through Verified Volunteers.

If you have questions about the Go van Gogh volunteer program, please email volunteers@DMA.org.


DMA docents conduct weekly tours of the Museum’s collection and exhibitions for groups of visitors ranging from elementary school students to adult visitors. The knowledge and strategies for conducting tours are accumulated over a yearlong training program consisting of lectures, gallery talks, and workshops led by staff and outside experts.

We seek applicants who have a desire to communicate the power of art to others. A degree in art history is not required. We ask that all docents commit to remaining in the program for a minimum of two years. Docents attend weekly trainings every Monday, September–May.

Each docent is required to lead two one-hour tours per week, Tuesday–Friday, throughout the school year, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Docents have the option to continue touring in the summer.

We are not currently accepting applications for the Docent Program. We will begin accepting applications for the next New Docent class in April 2019. Please contact Lindsay O'Connor at teacherprograms@DMA.org if you have any questions.

Teen Ambassadors

Formerly the DMA Teen Docent program, the Teen Ambassador program provides opportunities for high school students to initiate and deepen their relationship with the DMA. Teen Ambassadors lead summer family programs and gallery activities for young visitors (ages 5–12). Family programs range from drop-in art-making activities in the Center for Creative Connections to Family Storytime in the galleries.

We seek teens who are comfortable talking about works of art and engaging with young children. You must be at least 14 years old and have completed the 8th grade or equivalent to be eligible for this opportunity.

We are not currently accepting applications for the Teen Ambassador Program. Applications will open for next year's program in April 2019. If you have any questions regarding the Teen Ambassador Program, please email teens@DMA.org.

Teen Advisory Council

The Teen Advisory Council, or TAC for short, is a group of highly motivated high school students who help shape the direction of how the Museum engages with youth audiences. Members of the council  develop innovative interdisciplinary programming for Museum visitors of all ages, and serve as ambassadors for the Museum to the community. Being a TAC member is an opportunity to develop leadership, project management, and hands-on facilitation skills, as well as work directly with museum professionals. Teen Advisory Council members commit to attending two Thursday evening planning meetings a month and volunteering at hosted events at least once a month from September through July.

We are not currently accepting applications for the Teen Advisory Council. Applications for the 2019–2020 cohort will open in August 2019. If you have any questions regarding the Teen Advisory Council, please email teens@DMA.org.



DMA Ambassadors

DMA Ambassadors have a passion for the Dallas Museum of Art and their community. These volunteers welcome new audiences to the DMA and build awareness of Museum opportunities, programs, and initiatives while at the Museum and out in the community. Ideally, DMA Ambassadors will have an interest in programming for all ages, including adults and families.

Primary responsibilities of this opportunity include serving as a representative of the DMA at off-site events, helping Visitor Services and Membership teams at monthly Late Night events, and assisting with special projects such as exhibition preview days and Kids Club events.

You must be at least 18 years of age to participate as a DMA Ambassador and be able to commit to volunteering for a period of one year. Bilingual language skills are a plus but not required. 

We are not currently accepting applications for DMA Ambassadors. If you have any questions about the DMA Ambassador program, email volunteers@DMA.org.

Center for Creative Connections (C3)

We seek applicants who enjoy engaging with the public! Volunteers with the Center for Creative Connections (C3) greet visitors, answer visitor questions, and provide information on the Museum's collection, programs, and activities. Volunteers also facilitate interactive educational experiences for visitors of all ages, which often include conversations with visitors about works of art and hands-on creative activities. In addition, volunteers help with the general upkeep of C3 by organizing and maintaining gallery spaces and preparing program and activity supplies.

You must be at least 18 years of age and we require all volunteers to commit to remaining in the program for a minimum of one year. In addition to a mandatory orientation, volunteers have the opportunity to attend training sessions throughout the year. Volunteers are expected to work two shifts per month. Shifts are available Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Thursday 6:00–9:00 p.m., and selected Fridays 6:00 p.m.–midnight. Volunteers with weekday morning and afternoon availability are preferred.

If you have any questions about the C3 volunteer program, email volunteers@DMA.org.

Arts & Letters Live

Arts & Letters Live is a literary and performing arts series for all ages that features award-winning authors and performers of regional, national, and international acclaim. The series is recognized for its creative multidisciplinary programming—combining literature with visual arts, music, and film—and for commissioning new work from musicians, dancers, and poets, inspired by works of art in the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.

Qualified applicants must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer for this program and able to stand for long periods of time. All Arts & Letters Live volunteers are required to sign up for a minimum of four programs and must work at least three book signings per season. All volunteers will receive complimentary parking in the DMA garage and free admission to selected programs.

Program dates and times vary and will occasionally be located offsite.

If you have questions about the Arts & Letters Live volunteer program or would like more information, email volunteers@DMA.org.