Volunteering at the Cummer Museum supports arts and education in the community. Volunteers engage and inspire patrons while enriching their own lives. Through volunteer service, individuals gain valuable experience as well as receive free admission, a monthly email of the calendar of events, and exposure to Northeast Florida’s largest museum. The contribution of volunteers is essential to the health and vitality of the Museum.

Arts4All Volunteers

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 1,200 volunteers to help staff Art Stops (hands-on activities throughout the Museum) and to guide groups of students through the galleries, gardens, studios, and Art Connections.

The 2020 Festival will take place Tuesday, April 28 through Friday, May 1, 2020. Each full day will run from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.. Volunteer check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the mandatory orientation will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m.. 

Please note, due to staffing and planning, the Museum does not accept walk-in/unscheduled and late volunteers. All volunteers must be registered and scheduled prior to the Festival. Volunteers are invited to stay for a free lunch at the conclusion of the day’s events.

The Arts4All Festival Volunteer Application will open March 1, 2020.



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 groups, families, 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 the various types of tours offered by the Museum, 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.

At this time, accepting new applications for the current training year is over. Applications received will be held for the next training class starting in September. If you are interested, complete the application and Docent Relations will contact you at the end of summer to finish the application process.




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.

At this time you will be placed on a Waiting List and contacted as positions become available.

Waiting List for 2019-2020