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Art, Research, and Teaching Program

Join the Brooklyn Museum in making space for thoughtful encounters with great art as a catalyst for a more connected, civic, and empathetic world. We are reimagining our long-standing and dynamic Museum guide program as BKM A.R.T. Outlining the three key features of this volunteer programArt, Research, and TeachingBKM A.R.T. unites the Museum’s commitment to excellence in art and pedagogy.

Art
Volunteers have the opportunity to research and engage with the Museum’s encyclopedic collection and special exhibitions through in-depth trainings and lectures with Museum curators, educators, and specialists, while sharing their passion for art with the public through guided tours, conversations, and gallery experiences.

Research
The Brooklyn Museum places excellence in art, education, and scholarship at its core. Volunteers have exclusive access to our distinguished Libraries and Archives, and will be required to conduct research on works in the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Volunteers also participate in weekly, in-depth classes on current issues in art history and museum education.

Teaching
We are leaders in the field of museum education. Volunteers will join our dedicated and forward-thinking team of educators to further conversations around the cultural and civic function of art and museums. Through in-depth pedagogical training, BKM A.R.T. volunteers will explore the museum as a site of social action and free expression where we can continue to learn and expand the ways we see ourselves, the world, and its possibilities.

Join BKM A.R.T.

BKM A.R.T. is an unpaid, volunteer program with a minimum two-year commitment.

During the first three months, new BKM A.R.T. volunteers will develop and research tours using our Libraries and Archives. This will complement a bi-monthly, two-hour workshop on our collections led by Museum curators, specialists, and educators. All BKM A.R.T. volunteers will also participate in weekly two-hour training sessions across our collections and special exhibitions. These sessions are ongoing for all volunteers and include focused art historical study and training on current museum education techniques.

After this initial three-month period, new volunteers will be able to give tours in the Museum on topics of their choice. While topics must engage with our collection and/or special exhibitions, we welcome a wide range of innovative teaching models and gallery experiences. BKM A.R.T. volunteers will be responsible for a minimum of two tours per month, over a ten-month teaching period, with flexible scheduling.

The training schedule is structured like an academic year, taking place during both fall and spring semesters, with breaks during the winter and summer months. We appreciate the outside demands of our volunteers, and weekday trainings are available mornings, afternoons, and evenings to accommodate a variety of schedules.

Trainings include:

  • Weekly two-hour cross-collection seminars in the galleries
  • Bi-monthly collection workshops led by Museum curators, specialists, and educators (first three months)
  • Interdisciplinary discussions of our collections and special exhibitions
  • Behind-the-scenes experiences and exclusive previews of our exhibitions
  • Focused study in art history and museum education

As a BKM A.R.T. volunteer guide, you’ll also have the opportunity to create your own tours, while developing stronger public speaking and communication skills, serve as an ambassador between the Museum and the public, and become a valued part of our dynamic community.

Other perks include:

  • Discounts at the Shop and Café
  • Exclusive access to Museum events and programs
  • Free admission to the Brooklyn Museum and to museums across NYC and the United States

We’re looking for:

  • A commitment to and passion for art, accessibility, and social justice
  • Familiarity with our collection, and an awareness of what makes the Brooklyn Museum unique
  • Two-year minimum commitment
  • All experience levelsno background in art or education necessary
  • Fluency in languages other than English desirable

To apply, please submit your application and CV by November 5. Questions? Email us.

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