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Volunteer Opportunities

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Erin Mathias leads a videoconference discussion.

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. There are a number of ways to volunteer at American Art, either interacting with the public or working behind-the-scenes on special projects.

Videoconference Presenters

Videoconference presenters engage students and adult learners in an exploration of America’s stories through real time, interactive videoconferencing. Artful Connections presenters combine inquiry-based teaching techniques with digitized artworks and technology. Training classes are offered periodically. For more information, please contact Peg Koetsch at or (202) 633-8352 or Becky Fulcher at or (202) 633-8537.

Museum Docents

Docents conduct visits for adults and school groups of all ages at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, in addition to presenting community outreach programs. If you enjoy discussing artwork with others, consider joining the docent program. For more information, contact

Art Signs Gallery Guides

Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL)? Interested in expressing your thoughts and raising questions about American art? Art Signs Guides facilitate thirty-minute gallery conversations in ASL for hearing, deaf and hearing-impaired visitors. For more information, contact

Luce Foundation Center Information Desk

The Luce Foundation Center is often looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at its information desk. E-mail or call (202) 633-5435 for details.

Internship Program

If you are a college student who is interested in a museum career, check out the Smithsonian American Art Museum's nationally recognized internship program.

Behind-The-Scenes/Museum Information Desk

To learn more about behind-the-scenes volunteer opportunities at the Smithsonian or to apply to be a visitor information specialist at the museum’s information desk, check out Smithsonian opportunities for volunteer service or e-mail