Join Our Team
Serving as Museum ambassadors, volunteers are important links to the community and integral to our success. By joining our team of dedicated volunteers, you will help fulfill the Museum's mission while engaging in ongoing learning and becoming connected to the larger arts community. Our committed volunteers provide administrative support and great customer service, and support Museum events such as Artful Evening and BAM Arts Fair. Prospective volunteers should be passionate about art, enjoy interacting with the public, and be able to make a commitment to Bellevue Arts Museum.
We have ongoing volunteer opportunities for people able to make at least a six-month commitment to a weekly or every-other-week schedule. We also occasionally offer one-day volunteer opportunities for people who are not able to make a longer commitment. Please see below for general volunteer applications.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Apply for an internship
Volgistics is our volunteer management system. VicNet is its web-based module where you can update your contact information, check your schedule, sign up for shifts, and view your service record.
Questions? Please contact Colleen Shelton, Manager of Volunteer Programs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Docent
Share Your Passion for Art, Craft, & Design– Become a Museum Docent!
What is a docent?
A docent is a trained, volunteer museum guide and an essential link between the public and the Museum. Docents strive to effectively engage visitors of all ages in stimulating conversations about BAM's exhibitions and the Museum's mission. Docents give tours, perform gallery duty, and assist in educational programs. Articulate, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable docents are part of the BAM family and important ambassadors inside and outside of the Museum's walls.
Learn more about the program
- Connections with others who share an interest in art
- An opportunity to meet and interact with visitors from around the world
- An introduction or continuing education in art, craft, and design
- Exhibition walkthrough with artists, curators, and scholars
- Free access to lectures about the current exhibitions
- Art tours to local artists' studios and collectors' homes
- Participation in book and movie clubs
How can I become a docent?
Due to public health concerns, BAM docent recruitment and training is suspended until 2021.
For more information, please contact Mary Kate Anselmini, Education Manager at 425.519.0759 or email@example.com.
Leanne Berkenwald, Class of 2013
As a retired art specialist in the Bellevue School District I knew that I wanted to remain connected to the art world, but from a different perspective than teaching to elementary students. Being involved with BAM as a docent is a wonderful way to share my years of experience, continue to learn and stay involved in the arts. Not only do I have gallery duty and lead tours, but my favorite perk is the field trips. We get to visit galleries, artist studios, and homes of art collectors and dealers. The exposure to art, artists, and our docent community of art lovers gives me much pleasure at this stage in my life.
Maria Taipale, Class of 1999
Becoming a docent changed my life! The exposure to contemporary art, the never ending learning process, and the interaction with the public are an enrichment! The possibilities of meeting artists and visiting studios and private collections are numerous and so rewarding! It is very special for me that BAM offers tours in various world languages, which are given by native speaking docents, and I enjoy being on that team!
Lisa Chen, Class of 2018
The first time I walked into the Bellevue Arts Museum, I joined a docent-led tour to visit a cut paper exhibition. The artworks were incredible, but I was most impressed by the docent who presented viewing perspectives and information with great enthusiasm. Wanting to become more involved in the art world, I became a docent. Now I have the privilege of receiving firsthand knowledge from exhibition curators and artists and sharing it with visitors. The docent group has been welcoming, friendly, and warm; they share my love of art and are as excited as I am to be BAM docents. I feel blessed to be part of the docent group and I believe anyone who enjoys art, craft and design will also cherish being a BAM docent.
Vannetta Cash, Class of 2016
I didn’t grow up loving art. But once I came around, becoming a BAM docent was just the right thing for me. Each exhibit expands my world. The training boosted my confidence and helped me overcome a speech problem. And working with teen docents has taught me how to communicate with young people. Now I love gallery duty and talking with a variety of guests. I hope more brown/black and persons of color come to BAM as guests and are encouraged, as I was, to become docents.
Be a Teen Docent! (Students Ages 14 – 18)
BAM's award-winning Teen Docent program will be delayed for the 2020 – 21 school year due to ongoing health and safety concerns from COVID-19. Please sign up for our Youth and Family Programs email to stay up to date with our Teen Docent schedule.
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