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Arts & Culture

Top Volunteer Opportunities For Art Lovers In Denver

May 12, 2014 6:00 AM

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The Heart & Hand Center (credit: The Heart & Hand Center)

The Heart & Hand Center (credit: The Heart & Hand Center)

The Heart & Hand Center (credit: The Heart & Hand Center) (credit: The Heart & Hand Center)

Do you love art? Do you visit the local art galleries, attend First Friday and look for new ways to get to know new artists and other like-minded people? Well why not take that love of art and put it into a truly worthwhile cause? There are lots of great ways in which you can enjoy some time volunteering for many different arts organizations throughout the Denver area. You can help teach art to underprivileged children, you can work with large art festivals or help manage museums. The arts and culture community in Denver depends on the work from volunteers like you, so take a look at these great ways to volunteer your time in Denver.

ArtReach
3400 W. 38th Ave., Suite 200
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 433-2882
www.artreachdenver.org

ArtReach is a wonderful organization dedicated to bring the arts to people that struggle with physical, mental, behavioral or economic challenges. There are many different ways in which you can volunteer to help this important organization. Camp ArtReach involves committing to one week of volunteer hours to assist in workshops for children ages six to eight. Or, you can volunteer to be a Community Tickets Theatre Ambassador, helping distribute tickets to live theater events and ensuring a strong ArtReach presence at cultural events throughout the city. You even get two complimentary tickets to any show that you are overseeing. If you have a passion for the arts, then volunteering to work at ArtReach is a great way to help the community while enjoying your appreciation for arts and culture.

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Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant St.
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 778-6990
www.asld.org

The Art Students League of Denver is an inclusive community of artists dedicated to providing education and inspiration to anyone that wants to learn more about art. There are tons of great classes to take for artists of all abilities and experience levels and there is a Summer Art Market each year featuring the work of its many students. You can volunteer to help out at the Summer Art Market with important tasks like setting up the events, directing the traffic, greeting guests and hosting the artists. This is a volunteer activity for ages 16 and up but any art lover would have a great time helping out this wonderful cause.

Heart & Hand Center
2758 Welton St.
Denver, CO 80205
(303) 757-2368
www.heartandhandcenter.org

The Heart & Hand Center is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk youth and their families. It does this by providing a variety of services including art-mentoring programs and workshops. You can volunteer to work at the center itself conducting art-mentoring programs, or help children with their homework, tutoring or other activities. There are also opportunities for volunteers to work with the homeless and underprivileged youth in off-site art mentoring programs, providing some much-needed creativity for children to have fun and relax.

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Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
1880 Gaylord St.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322-1053
www.dmmdt.org

Here is a truly fun way to volunteer your time in an environment unlike any other. The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys is a welcoming museum that exhibits a huge variety of dolls from all over the world, detailed miniature houses, miniature trains, miniature circuses and even huge teddy bears and other fun items. It is a truly fun environment and the museum depends on volunteers to help keep things running. You can help by greeting visitors, helping with programming, maintaining exhibits, helping with the garden, planning workshops and more. There are lots of ways you can enjoy your time volunteering at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys.

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Cherry Creek North
Denver, CO 80206
www.cherryarts.org

Date: July 4-6, 2014

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a huge annual event featuring thousands of local artists over the Fourth of July weekend. More than 350,000 people attend the festival, with art exhibits, culinary demonstrations, interactive displays and more to enjoy. Of course, the festival depends on the support of more than 1,000 volunteers to make everything run smoothly. There are lots of different needs and opportunities for people with all experience levels. Help is needed with everything from the Art Auction, the Art Lab, Artist Relations, booth sitting, beverage coordination, Creation Station and so much more. You’ll get all of the training, a volunteer t-shirt and a meal at the festival for your time. If you love the arts, this is one volunteer experience you definitely want to look into.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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