Best Volunteer Opportunities For Art Lovers In Atlanta

May 12, 2014 8:00 AM

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Art is as much about the community interacting as it about celebrating the talent of individuals, and Atlanta has countless ways to interact. Individuals of any age and any level of experience can find places where they are needed. This list provides examples of types of organizations looking for help and will explain what volunteers should expect.

The Woodruff Corps Volunteers
1280 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 733-4200

For a great experience, volunteers should go to a great place, and the Woodruff Arts Center is connected to world-renowned art venues. The Alliance Theater, the High Museum of Art and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are all connected to this venue and they deploy all types of helpers “ranging from retirees to students.” Extensive prior knowledge is not necessary, but the Woodruff Corp asks that volunteers be over 18 years old and willing to undergo training.

Museum of Design Atlanta
1315 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 979-6455

The opportunity to stretch their skills and show off their talents is exactly what some volunteers crave. In this case, the Museum of Design in Atlanta is looking for both volunteers interested in design as well as providing internships for those early their career. Volunteers can look forward to supporting the different interesting exhibitions while interns will use their marketing or communications experience to work on fundraising and other outreach projects.

Beltline Volunteers
Beltline Headquarters
86 Pryor St., Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 446-4407

The Beltline project in Atlanta is an outdoor revitalization and art project that circles Atlanta in miles of connecting trails through many paths and neighborhoods. This program is vast, ongoing and in need of two different types of volunteers. Volunteers can choose between outreach activities such as conducting social media and handing out brochures, or alternatively they might choose to work directly with an artist to rehabilitate a location.

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Atlanta Arts Festival
Piedmont Park
1320 Monroe Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(770) 941-9660

Date: Sept. 13-14, 2014

Anyone in Atlanta with even a cursory interest in the arts already makes a habit of visiting the many free outdoor festivals in the area. The Atlanta Arts Festival, which is typical of these offerings, combines visual art, music concerts and food. Many such festivals will provide convenient ways to volunteer online, including the option to sign up for newsletters to remind you when they are approaching. While a free t-shirt may not seem like a great inducement, the real perk of this option is the relative lack of time commitment.

The ArtReach Foundation
4060 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 264-9349

ArtReach is an Atlanta-based organization that can usher volunteers into making a difference in countries around the world. The organization’s art therapy model includes almost every imaginable form of expression including music, drama, dance and art. The goal is to use these forms to assist “the growth and development of children who have experienced the traumatic effects of war, violence, and/or natural disaster.” The caveat here is that these people mean to make a serious difference and will ask their volunteers to also offer a serious commitment.

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With a BFA in Digital Media, Sean Mills has worked for design firms with clients across the United States. He has worked as an illustrator and visual designer, and has shown paintings in juried exhibitions. He currently works as a studio artist and writer in Atlanta, Georgia. His work can be found at

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