Volunteering at Project Onward may change your life!
Project Onward provides individualized services for an incredible group of talented artists who need more support than a typical arts studio provides. Volunteers are critical to ensuring that Project Onward can deliver these services and advance the careers of our artists. Our studio and gallery is a creative congenial space and we are always searching for individuals with a passion for service, interest in the arts and enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship to join us.
If you are a wiz at web development, and gifted at graphics or social in media Project Onward needs you! Or if you excel at Excel and are dexterous with databases, Project Onward could really use your help!
Desired Skills: Personable and organized, flexible, team worker, good customer relations skills. Computer skills (Mac or PC) a plus: Microsoft Word/Excel, WordPress, Salesforce, Social Media, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator or similar.
Events & Administration Team
There are a variety of activities for people who wish to volunteer at exhibition openings, portrait events, and/or fundraising events. Responsibilities include welcoming attendees, setting up and staffing wine and food area, providing artist bios and other information to patrons, writing receipts, wrapping art, etc.
Desired Skills: Friendly, outgoing and responsible, communication skills, familiarity with individual artists’ bios and artwork.
Volunteers assist in the studio to facilitate the art-making process. A wide variety of art media are used to create works on paper, canvas, sculpture, mixed media assemblages and construction. Responsibilities include prep work, clean up, one-on-one assistance, and special projects.
Desired Skills: Working familiarity with various art media and techniques, respect for individual creativity. Experience with people with disabilities or mental illness preferred but not required.
Exhibition & Installation Team
Skilled volunteers are needed to assist us to prepare and install exhibits. Responsibilities include matting, packaging, and/or framing. We also use volunteers to prepare the gallery before and after exhibition, i.e. spackling, painting, hanging artwork, etc., and to take inventory of artwork or merchandise.
Desired Skills: Competence in preparing art for exhibition, and/or basic interior wall painting skills.
Our volunteers bring their creativity and skills in many other areas as well. We welcome your suggestions for how you can help.
We value our volunteers and appreciate their time, energy, and dedication to Project Onward and our artists. As members of the Project Onward team, all volunteers receive a special discount on art and a complimentary portrait sitting with a Project Onward artist. As a small non-profit organization, our volunteers have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the success of our organization, and directly support the career advancement of our 50-plus artists. Many of our volunteers have been with us for several years and we strive to create a pleasant and rewarding volunteer experience that inspires you to become a lifelong friend and supporter of Project Onward.
Want to learn more about Project Onward or volunteering? You can always visit us in person at the Bridgeport Art Center (4th floor – enter on the Racine side). Our gallery is FREE and open to the public. Our hours are posted at the top of each web page.