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Best Volunteer Opportunities For Art Lovers In Charlotte

May 12, 2014 8:00 AM

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A visit to a museum is an experience that takes little effort and yet gives great returns. You slowly stroll, stand and look while the painting or photograph takes you somewhere else. Art can enhance lives in more active, reciprocal ways. If you’re an art lover with some free time or community service hours to fulfill for class, here’s a list of local museums that will welcome lovers of visual arts. By no means do you have to have a degree in art history in every case. If you have administrative, fundraising or other business skills, you are especially welcome.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 353-9200

To those who would love to be surrounded by contemporary master works, this is the place. Be able to make a time commitment, have a deep love for the arts and the ability to work well with the public and you will be greatly valued. The Bechtler is constantly seeking docents. Docent training is held several times yearly. A one-year pledge of time is desired from volunteers, who undergo an interview before being accepted for training.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 374-1565

Someone who gives their free time at the Harvey B. Gantt Center gains the status of “Volunteer Ambassador.” Gantt Center volunteers benefit by having access to amazing exhibits, including the permanent Hewitt Collection, with works by Romare Bearden, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett and other black 20th century visual arts luminaries. Cultural events and receptions are presented nearly every month. Recent black history speakers include Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates and journalist Soledad O’Brien. An understanding of African American culture can be enhanced for the novice as well as the expert through this volunteer experience. Volunteers should be open to learning new skills and meeting new people. There is an online link to sign up on the website.

Latibah Collard Green Museum
720 Tuckaseegee Road
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 333-2426

While all are welcome, this museum, full of artifacts, is located far from Charlotte’s Uptown arts center. The Latibah Collard Green Museum champions the noble leafy vegetable as a means of survival and a sought-after symbol of cultural pride. Moreover, Latibah has gallery space and resident artists, including celebrated painter Tommie Robinson, who’s back to making his art in Charlotte after a hiatus. Tommie is a great raconteur, another good reason to be nearby. Volunteers are needed to serve as docents, help with improvements and give administrative assistance.

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McColl Center for Visual Art
721 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 332-5535

Volunteers who are at least 16 years old are desired for a multiplicity of tasks. Daily operations, the archives, finance, education and marketing are only a few areas where help would be needed. Those with graphic design skills should prepare a digital portfolio for review. Docents are valued as “more than just tour guides.” Candidates should have a background in art history; they receive initial and ongoing education to enhance the experience of their visitors.

Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 337-2000

Mint Museum Uptown

500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 337-2000

There are two Mint Museum locations, so it might stand to reason that they need twice as many volunteers. The original location on Randolph Road was North Carolina’s first art museum. Collections there feature art from Africa, Europe and indigenous American cultures. Fashion, ceramics and home adornment are subjects of other collections. The famed Craft + Design collection, contemporary and American works, is housed at the Uptown Mint. Volunteers must be passionate about the arts and able to provide visitors with a positive experience.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at
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