Share your time and skills, meet new friends and become part of a unique experience at the IMA. Below you will find standard volunteer opportunities at the IMA, but many positions can be customized to suit your skills and schedule. All volunteers receive on-site training and orientation. Some positions receive extensive formal training. Volunteers are encouraged to become members of the Museum so that they can become familiar with the IMA's many offerings.

Contact IMA Volunteer Services at 317-923-1331 ext. 263 or volunteer@imamuseum.org.

Volunteer Information Center (for current volunteers)

Volunteers at the IMA will now have access to view and manage their own schedules; sign-up for vacant schedule openings; print schedules; update personal information; receive news and messages from the volunteer office. The new Volunteer Central is the one place you can go to see all the new volunteer opportunities that are available at the Museum without leaving your home. Log in to the Volunteer Information Center.

Volunteer Application Process (for new volunteers)

  1. Complete the Volunteer Application.
  2. Remember to select a date for your volunteer interview and mark your calendar.
  3. You will receive a reminder e-mail or phone call for your interview from Volunteer Services staff.

Prospective volunteers must be 18 years of age.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visitor Information
Visitor Information volunteers offer a friendly and enthusiastic greeting to visitors. They provide information, give directions, answer general questions about museum collections and special exhibitions, and convey news of daily activities, services, and programs to visitors. Commitment: 50 hours annually, generally working two 3-hour shifts each month.

Special Events and Projects
Work with the Museum staff during events such as exhibition openings, Penrod Arts Fair and Summer Nights as well as off-site events and festivals. These volunteers provide a warm welcome to visitors, give directions and answer questions about the Museum. If you prefer to work behind-the-scenes, special projects include assembling mailings, filing projects and more. Commitment: 1 year, working at least 3 events per year

The Toby
The 600-seat Tobias Theater is a great venue for cinema and must-see events such as performances and speakers from the worlds of art, architecture, design and other creative fields. The Toby presents classic, quirky and the newest international films and documentaries. The IMA is now recruiting volunteer ushers and ticket takers to assist with public programs in the theater. Commitment: 1 year, working at least 3 events per year.

Museum Stores
Opportunities in the Museum Store cover all areas of retail sales and merchandising. Commitment: 50 hours annually, generally working two 4-hour shifts each month

Development / Membership
The IMA is seeking proactive, engaging and energetic volunteers to work with IMA Development staff to promote Membership. Opportunities range from a regularly scheduled position during Museum hours (evenings and weekends available) to IMA events such as Summer Nights. There is also an opportunity to join a street team to interact with our community. Training sessions are available and will be required for this position. Commitment: Two 4 hour shifts per month

Gardens and Grounds
Many volunteers help maintain the IMA’s 52 acres of gardens. Horticulture volunteers are trained by full-time Horticulturists and work in the gardens, the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, and some participate as Garden Guides offering seasonal garden tours. A background in horticulture is preferred but not required. Master Gardener participants are welcome. Those interested in becoming a Garden Guide will be asked to complete additional training. Commitment: Seasonal, 50 hours annually, generally working four hours a week

African Activity Space Volunteers
The African Activity Space was created to give visitors an opportunity to create their own works of art and do activities that will enhance their experiences in the galleries. Activity Space Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the space, ensuring that art supplies are well stocked and available for public use. Volunteers will also offer a friendly greeting visitors, making sure that the public understands the activities that are available in the space. Volunteers will also be available to answer general inquiries about the museum. Commitment: 1 year, working one 3-hour volunteer shift a month. Volunteer Shifts are available on Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm.

Through our e-Volunteer program, you can work from your home or on your own here in the galleries, library, or Nourish Café. With a collection of over 60,000 artworks, we need volunteers to photo document, research, and publish information in Wikipedia. The link below provides a step-by-step guide for learning the basics of creating and editing high-quality Wikipedia articles and better understanding the free resources the IMA provides to help in your research. Visit the IMA's Wikipedia Hub to learn more about e-Volunteering and watch the videos below to hear from expert Wikipedians.

Videos about E-Volunteering