Arts Volunteer NYC: Volunteer with the Arts Organizations of New York City

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and give back to the community. Organizations across New York City are looking for vibrant individuals to volunteer, giving valuable time and helping move their cause forward. If you’re interested in the arts, there are a variety of organizations to reach out to in order to offer your time and services. Here are just some of the amazing arts companies that look for volunteers in New York City.


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to carry on the work of choreographer, dancer, and cultural leader Alvin Ailey. The Dance Theater has established an extensive cultural community that provides performances, training, and community programs for all people. Find volunteer opportunities here or contact the organization to see how you can help.


American Institute of Architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Volunteering with one of the Center for Emerging Professionals' national committees requires a personal commitment to the advancement of the mission and values of the Institute. Volunteers work in teams to think strategically about various initiatives of the Institute and seek to promote excellence through exemplary conduct. Find out more about volunteering with AIA here.


American Institute of Graphic Arts

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) seeks to advance design as a professional skill, strategic advantage, and cultural force. AIGA relies on volunteers for help with local events and conferences, completing design work such as brochures and posters, and design services for other endeavors. Find out more about volunteering with AIGA here.



Art21's volunteer community of over 1200 people help to inspire others all around the world. Help make Art21's video library accessible to everyone regardless of language by adding subtitles to their content using your chosen language. Learn more about how you can volunteer your time, anytime, by clicking here.


Art Start

Art Start nurtures the voices, hearts and minds of New York City's underserved youth through consistent creative workshops inside homeless shelters, alternative to incarceration programs, and partnering youth agencies. Art Start connects NYC's artists and creative professionals with underserved children to make masterpieces. Learn more about how you can volunteer your time and talents by clicking here.



BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. BRIC presents and incubates work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surround us, reaching hundreds of thousands of people each year. Volunteers make BRIC's programming possible. Find out how you can pitch in here.


Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company proliferates Latin-American culture throughout the country with its touring shows that include live music and performance. The mission of the dance company is not only to entertain, but to provide outreach for underserved Mexican-American communities through cultural enrichment and arts education. Calpulli is often looking for volunteers to help with specific activities as the needs arise, as well as help with events and performances. Learn more here.



Eyebeam is a platform for artists to engage society’s relationship with technology. Through exploratory process and emotionally compelling output, Eyebeam believes that artists can help us visualize and realize a more just future. Learn more about teaching, volunteering, and internship opportunities at Eyebeam here.


Irish Arts Center

The Irish Arts Center is a cultural community dedicated to disseminating a dynamic image of Ireland and Irish America. The Center does this by building an active community with artists and people of all backgrounds, creating relationships, and sharing traditional Irish culture with all who visit. The Irish Arts Center needs volunteers for their numerous events throughout the year, so visit here to find out how to join in.


Louis Armstrong House Museum

The Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens is the preserved home of jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Volunteers are at the heart of the museum in many ways, and they are always looking for new volunteers to get involved. A variety of roles include tour guides, program assistants, greeters, educators, and community liasons for bilingual Spanish/English speakers. Perks include free admission, 10% off the museum store, flexible work schedule, and more. For more information on volunteering, click here.


New York Neo-Futurists

New York Neo-Futurists are a collective of writers, directors, and performers who create theater “that is fusion of sport, poetry, and living-newspaper,” including interactive performances and un-reproducible events. New York Neo-Futurists are always looking for volunteers, as they run the box office. Find out how to see free shows by volunteering with the organization here.


Rubin Museum

The Rubin Museum of Art showcases thought-provoking exhibitions and programs, which includes films, concerts, and stage performances. The Museum provides immersive experiences and pushes visitors to look at the world differently. There is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, all of which come with really excellent benefits, so check them out here.



Volunteers at the SculptureCenter are a valuable part of the community. Get involved to further your careerin the arts with new skills, meet and connect with new people in the NYC art world, and get behind-the-scenes access to upcoming events. To learn more about volunteering at the SculptureCenter, click here.


Volunteering with the arts can open your mind to new experiences. These organizations are always looking for determined individuals who want a creative and unique volunteer experiences, so be sure to see how you can get involved today.


This blog post was last updated on January 9, 2019.


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