The fine art of volunteering is on view nearly every week at the KIA
Make new friends... exercise your talents... share your gifts with the community... when you volunteer at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. More than 400 volunteers provide more than 6,000 hours of service annually to the KIA.

To learn more, email Volunteer Coordinator Erin Beauprez at erinb@kiarts.org, or call 269/585-9280. Download the Volunteer Application.

For internship opportunities, visit here.

Your interests and skills can be valuable to the KIA in a number of areas:

Reception Desk

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

Mailing Volunteers


Lend a hand with mailings, membership sales, or fundraising campaigns.


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

Special Events

The KIA hosts a variety of events each month, and this is one of our busiest volunteer areas. Tasks are varied -- everything from selling drinks, to food preparation, to helping visitors complete art projects.

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.