General duties include:
Daily Help in the Gallery/Gift Shop by welcoming our visitors and telling them about YAC, making sales from our Gift shop, general information about Downtown Paducah, helping to spruce up displays, keeping the art dust free and level.[showhide type=”a” more_text=”Read More” less_text=”Show less”]Special Help with Our Events, including fundraisers, public programming, and workshops, by checking people in, bartending, serving at information points, set-up and break-down of activities, among a random assortment of tasks.[/showhide]
YAC volunteers represent YAC by having enthusiasm and encouragement of creativity and visual art. We all work together to accomplish whatever it is we are working on, so a great appreciation and understanding of teamwork goes a long way to a great experience as a volunteer.
We believe strongly in the power of accessible and inclusive art, so we work tirelessly to bring art into the community often at no cost to viewers and participants. YAC is looking for enthusiastic individuals that share in that vision and have an interest in helping us[showhide type=”b” more_text=”Read More” less_text=”Show less”] sustain visual arts in Paducah. The YAC Pack is full of art ambassadors, if you will, people that embrace the creative nature and understand the power of art and openly share that vision through their volunteer hours. You do not need formal studio training, a developed portfolio, or even to own a paintbrush or pencil in order be a part of the YAC Pack. YAC Pack’ers come in all shapes and sizes, and enthusiasm is our only requirement to join the Pack.[/showhide]
How do I become a volunteer at the YAC?
Becoming a volunteer at YAC happens in many ways. You can sign up to be on our Volunteer List (or to be a part of the YAC Pack) and notices will be sent out when special opportunities arise. If you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis with our daily needs (and we need lots of help in-house), send us an email and we will be happy to work with you.
We have some volunteer needs which occur regularly, like our Opening Receptions and with the Lower Town Arts and Music Festival which will be listed on our volunteer page. Special volunteer opportunities will also be listed periodically.
How much time is required of volunteers?
Generally, volunteering is the most rewarding when you can commit 2-4 hour chunk of time. However, most of our volunteer needs fall in the 2-hour range.
What are the benefits of volunteering at the YAC?
Besides the warm and fuzzies? YAC is a historical institution, the longest running visual arts organization in Western Kentucky. Your time helps in sustaining visual arts programming and making sure YAC sees another 60 years! Also, volunteering can be a great way to make new friends, learn some new skills, and it’s a great resume booster. Our goal is for volunteers to receive something in return for their service – whether it’s a great time, or it’s valuable employable skills development.
Are volunteers required to attend an orientation?
Generally, we don’t have a formal orientation process. We greet our volunteers as family, and get everyone up to speed when they come in for their shift. If the role they are playing is more intricate or regular, we will sit down and have a more formal training session. But generally speaking, volunteers are given clear, simple instructions for their task the day-of.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Gallery Docent / Gift Shop – hang out in the Foyer of YAC to welcome visitors, share information about the current exhibit and gift shop products, process gift shop sales and accept membership applications.
Opening Receptions – sign-up to bring a plate of food or a beverage, assist in the setup and breakdown of reception, greet visitors and promote memberships
Opportunities might include the following:
- Gift shop
- Education outreach
- Exhibitions (special knowledge about an artist, aesthetic or discipline)
- Event support (receptions, LTAMF, REFF, etc.)
- Photography (events, etc.)
- Ability for volunteers to submit an idea to use their specific skill set for us
Special Volunteer Opportunities
Lower Town Arts & Music Festival May 15th & 16th, 2020
- Setup and break down on Thursday before and Sunday after
- Merchandise Booth – help manage the merch booth to make sales and give out information about the festival
- Information Booth – give out information to festival goers, flexible help on varying tasks “go-fers”
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
To be announced!