The Fine Art of Volunteering
Make new friends! Exercise your talents! Share your gifts with other members of the community! Volunteer at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts! More than 400 volunteers provide more than 6,000 hours of service annually to the KIA. Your interests and skills can be valuable to the KIA in a number of areas.

To learn more, email Volunteer Coordinator Sandy Linabury at sandyl@kiarts.org, or call 269/585-9280. Download the Volunteer Application.

For internship opportunities, visit here.

Reception Desk

Greet visitors, give directions, answer questions, and provide information about the programs, events, and activities of the KIA.

Mailing Volunteers


Lend a hand with mailings, membership sales, or delivery of works of art to corporate sponsors.


Help promote the KIA and the Kirk Newman Art School through marketing and PR projects.

Art Fair Volunteers

Special Events

The KIA hosts a variety of events. Tasks are varied -- everything from selling popcorn, to helping with art projects, to running a silent auction.


Plan and host receptions for exhibitions and various KIA social functions.

Senior Day Tour


Docents are trained guides who lead museum tours for children and adults. Candidate docents complete a 9-month training course before joining the docent corps.

Gallery Shop

Assist in all aspects of retail operation.


Help with cataloging, filing, and circulation of library materials.