A group of MacLaren Art Centre volunteers outside on the Gallery's courtyard patio

Volunteer

Volunteers are invaluable to the MacLaren. If you are interested in getting involved, learning about the visual arts or gaining administrative experience, join our team of volunteers. Many types of opportunities are available, from leading gallery tours to helping organize special events. For example, Greeters welcome visitors and share information about current exhibitions and events. Gallery Guides lead tours for visiting school and community groups of all ages and abilities, encouraging dialogue around our exhibitions and our rich building history. MacLaren Ambassadors attend community events, such as festivals, fairs, children’s programmes and more, with the goal of raising awareness and promoting various Gallery programmes. Student volunteers are able to gain their 40 hours of community service. Our volunteer programmes are open to people with or without art experience. Orientation and training are provided.

You are welcome to fill out the volunteer application form below and email to Peter Bogle, Development Associate/Volunteer Coordinator, at peter@maclarenart.com. A follow-up interview will be arranged by the staff volunteer coordinator to determine your placement.

For more information, please contact Peter Bogle at 705-720-1044 ext.277 or peter@maclarenart.com

Please Note: All volunteers are required to submit a current police record check that includes vulnerable sector screening.

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

Gallery Shop: Assist with sales, display design, stock merchandise and providing friendly MacLaren customer service while obtaining valuable retail experience.

Greeter Programme: Welcome visitors and inform them of exhibitions, upcoming events and educational programmes while learning basic administrative duties.

Gallery Guide: Lead tours for visiting school and community groups of all ages and abilities, encouraging dialogue around our exhibitions, our permanent collection and our rich building history.

Special Events: Have fun planning and participating in the MacLaren’s special events on-site and in the community.

Administrative Support : Assist the Gallery staff with filing, data entry, bulk mailings and record keeping. Computer skills are an asset.

Ambassador Programme: Represent the Gallery in the community. With staff support, Ambassadors attend community events, such as festivals, fairs, children’s programmes and more, with the goal of raising awareness and promoting various Gallery programmes. An Ambassador will have the opportunity to engage with community members through their knowledge and experience in being a part of the MacLaren Art Centre.

Volunteer Opportunities for Youth

Youth Advisory Council: The MacLaren Youth Advisory Council meets monthly to develop and oversee youth projects, events and exhibitions related to the arts. This is a wonderful volunteer experience that looks great on a resumé or college application.

Youth Ambassador Programme: Youth Ambassadors represent the Gallery in the community. With staff support, Ambassadors attend community events, such as festivals, fairs, children’s programmes and more, with the goal of raising awareness and promoting various Gallery programmes. An Ambassador will have the opportunity to engage with community members through their knowledge and experience in being a part of the MacLaren Art Centre.