The Docent Corps is an integral part of the Cummer Museum. Docents are dynamic, dedicated Museum volunteers with diverse backgrounds who lead tours of the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions for school-aged children and adults. No previous teaching or art history experience is required as Docents attend monthly training sessions with Museum staff in order to learn about school tours, the history of the Cummer family, the permanent collection, and the gardens. Once training is completed, Docents make a weekly commitment of their time that makes the Museum’s tour programs possible. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Docent Corps, please contact Docent Relations at 904.899.6003 or Docents@cummermuseum.org.
This program enables middle and high school students to learn about the permanent collection through research, hands-on exploration, and group interaction, allowing them to share their knowledge with visitors through discussion and demonstration. These bright young adults are some of the Museum's most important volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Junior Docent Corps, please call 904.899.6005 or contact Juniordocents@cummermuseum.org.Sponsors: City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.; Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc.
Adult volunteers are asked to dedicate a minimum of four hours a month for a calendar year on a flexible schedule to the Museum. Volunteers engage members and guests by assisting with exhibitions and special events, and communicating and interacting with a diverse audience. Behind-the-scenes adult volunteers assist Museum staff with administrative and clerical tasks as well as educational preparation. Computer skills are welcomed, but not required. Adult volunteers receive free admission, as well as the benefit of connecting with like-minded individuals. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Volunteer Services at 904.899.6007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cummer Museum’s Internship Program is based on the following criteria and standards:
- Applicants should be in their Junior or Senior year of college, recent college graduates, or pursuing a graduate degree
- Interns are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer terms
- While most internships are unpaid, we are happy to help students receive credit; internships are a minimum of 12 weeks
- Interns must be available to work a minimum of 12 hours per week during the academic year and 20 hours per week during the summer
- Applicants should possess basic computer skills, excellent organizational skills, and attention to detail; excellent research and written/oral communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Applications should be received no later than August 1 (fall semester), November 15 (spring semester), and March 15 (summer semester).
The Arts4All Festival (formerly VSA Festival) takes place the first week in May and serves nearly 2,400 students, teachers, and guardians. To properly serve Festival participants, the Museum needs 1,300 volunteers to help staff Art Stops (hands-on activities throughout the galleries) and to guide groups of students through the galleries, gardens, studios, and Art Connections. Each day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m., with a short break during the Festival times. Volunteers are invited to stay for a free lunch at the conclusion of the day’s events. Additional information will be available in February 2019. Volunteer applications will be available March 2019.
Teens must be at least 16 years of age and available to commit to four hours a month. Teens assist Museum staff and patrons in a variety of areas, including Camp Cummer, Weaver First Saturday Free For All, Florida Blue Free Tuesday, and educational preparation. By volunteering hours at the Cummer Museum, teens gain valuable customer service skills as well exposure to arts, gardens, and educational opportunities.
Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2018.
The Cummer Museum can accommodate groups of volunteers from 5-25 individuals. Activities for team building, community engagement, and give-back projects throughout the year can be organized. Dates for the activities are scheduled in advance to allow ample time to plan for an enriching experience. If you are interested in volunteering as a group, please contact Volunteer Services at 904.899.6007 or email@example.com.