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A.R.T. (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. The A.R.T. Program builds on our long-standing and dynamic Museum Guides Program, highlighting the three key features of this volunteer programArt, Research, and Teaching—that unite our commitment to excellence with art and pedagogy.

Volunteers have the opportunity to research and engage with our 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.

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 our collection and special exhibitions. Volunteers also participate in weekly, in-depth classes on current issues in art history and museum education.

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, A.R.T. volunteers will explore the museum as a place for social action and free expression where we can continue to learn and expand the ways we see ourselves, the world, and its possibilities.

What is the A.R.T. Program?
This is an unpaid, volunteer program with a minimum two-year commitment.

New A.R.T. Guides are trained in an introductory course designed to acquaint them with museum education theory and practice, as well as the Brooklyn Museum’s collections. All A.R.T. Guides also participate in ongoing training through regular, bi-monthly workshops which include focused art historical study and training on current museum education techniques.

After the initial training 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. A.R.T. volunteers will be responsible for a minimum of ten tours per calendar year (most Guides lead at least two tours per month) with flexible scheduling.

The ongoing 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 on our volunteers, and trainings are available on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings to accommodate a variety of schedules.

Trainings include:

  • Bi-monthly workshops and seminars in the galleries led by Museum curators, specialists, and educators
  • 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 an A.R.T. Guide, you’ll also have the opportunity to create your own tours, while strengthening your 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 our 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

Who is an A.R.T. Guide?

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, especially Spanish, desirable

Applications for the A.R.T. Program are currently closed. Please check back for information on future application cycles. Thank you for your interest!

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