A GRAM Docent is a volunteer educator whose keen interest in art and learning fosters a desire to guide museum guests toward a deeper understanding of art through an inviting and interactive environment. A GRAM docent is an individual who wishes to support the community as well as the museum by providing experiences that enrich students’ academic studies and the museum experience for all guests. Docents have flexible schedules and give tours of various themes to all ages. Click Here to learn more about becoming a volunteer docent.
- GRAM Docents are required to complete an 9-month training program (begins in July).
- Docents attend bi-weekly education sessions (September through May).
- GRAM Docents lead a minimum of 11 tours per fiscal year (October through September), and dedicate 50 hours per fiscal year to GRAM’s Docent Program (which includes tours and education sessions).
- The Docent program is directed by the Group Experience Manager within the Learning and Creativity Department.
A GRAMbassador (GRAM + Ambassador) is a friendly and outgoing volunteer who is an important part of the public face of the museum. The GRAMbassador maintains a presence in the galleries and enjoys greeting and assisting guests.
- The GRAMbassador provides museum information, information about Grand Rapids, and helps enrich our guests’ gallery experience.
- GRAMbassador shifts are three-hours in length.
- GRAMbassador training sessions are offered as needed throughout the year
A Special Events volunteer is a person who enjoys greeting and helping guests during special events at the museum such as exhibition openings, Gala, GRAM on the Green, ArtPrize, Project 1, Festival of the Arts,,, and other similar events. The Special Events volunteer may be required to dress in attire suitable for the event (both indoors and outdoors). For example, a GRAM Gala volunteer is expected to dress more formally than the casual attire appropriate for GRAM on the Green events.
- Greeting guests, member, and tour groups
- Coat & Item Check
- Elevator Operators
- Visitor Count
- Exit Attendants
- Set-up and Tear-down
- Other jobs as needed for event
Learning + Creativity Programs
The Learning + Creativity Program volunteer is a friendly person who enjoys working with children and families in art-making activities.
- Helping with gallery activities, such as Drop-In Studios, and other art-making workshops in the GRAM Studio. Drop-In Studio shifts are typically on Saturdays from 1-4pm.
- The Drop-in Studio is also open on the third Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:30 pm.
- Studio and related activities during special public events such as evening programs during the holidays, family events, and GRAM on the Green. Some of these shifts are outdoors.
- Shifts for preparing studio project materials are available. These shifts are flexible, and hours may vary depending on needs.
- Studio organization, inventory, and clean-up shifts.
Sometimes GRAM will need help with projects that don’t fit neatly into any of the categories above. One-time events, special circumstances, and non-traditional requests for help could all fall under the “other” category.
- Delivering promotional materials for GRAM events and exhibitions around Grand Rapids.
- Stuffing envelopes or prepping materials for new programs or events.
- Administrative tasks for departments that need help.
There are many opportunities for corporate and school volunteer groups throughout the year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.