GAC Volunteers are part of a fun team, serving , learning, and earning perks like discounts and free classes.

Special Events

Each year, GAC hosts eight art exhibition openings during ArtWalk, a number of parties and fundraiser events.   Help prepare materials, set up, greet guests, manage crowds, serve refreshments, and clean up to ensure everyone has a great time. Volunteers also help GAC staff and teachers host art activities and information booths at local festivals, trade shows, and community functions such as Dickens on the Strand, The Grand Kids Festival, and Mardi Gras, to name just a few. Lend a hand and gain free admission to the event!


Office Team

Members of our Office team come in once a week or so to help us catch up on general administrative work such as data entry, answering the phone and helping with mailings. Ideal for retirees with administrative experience, or people between jobs wanting to stay sharp and build their resume. The tasks vary from week to week. For example, you might enter emails from our guest book to our mailing list or update different online calendars with our upcoming events.

Street Team

Members of the Street Team will help out once or twice a month by distributing brochures, flyers, and generally spreading the word around town about the great things going on at GAC.


Docents are volunteer educators who guide visitors through Galveston Arts Center’s exhibitions. They facilitate dialogue that helps visitors find connections between themselves and a wide variety of concepts and themes in contemporary art.

No visual arts background is necessary, however, you should appreciate contemporary art and believe in GAC’s Mission.  Docents are required to attend an orientation for each exhibit–held the Thursday before the opening reception, or the artists’ talk at the reception (which is during ArtWalk.)

Volunteering as a docent is a great way to get to know current exhibiting artists and their work, and to meet and nurture lovers of contemporary art.

Two-hour and Three-hour shifts available every Saturday and Sunday:

Saturdays from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 2:00 – 5:00PM
Sundays from 12:00 – 2:00 PM and 2:00 – 5:00PM


Handy Volunteers

Are you handy?  Do you have any carpentry, woodworking, painting, licensed plumbing, or licensed electrical skills? Perhaps you enjoy cleaning or have experience installing artwork.  Help us by lending us your talents periodically here at GAC!

What Can I Exchange my Hours for?

Volunteers must sign in to the volunteer log during their shift to earn hours.  (Off-site shifts and Special Events shifts, including ArtWalk, are credited automatically; no need to sign in!)


For every 10 hours of volunteering, you can earn a free class at GAC!* Check our Programs page and Events page for information on classes.

Discounts at the ArtWorks Museum Store

All members receive 10% off in the store, regardless of volunteer hours.
Volunteers in excess of 20 hours in a given year will receive 20% off all merchandise except for consignment items.

Ticketed Events

For every 30 hours of volunteering, gain free admittance to a ticketed GAC event.
Hours are non-transferable to family members, children, etc.

*Good for one day per 10 hours; multi-day classes and workshops are considered separate classes. Workshops lasting longer than 2.5 hours are subject to different exchange rates.  Materials fees may be still apply in some cases; please check with our education director.

Hours are non-transferable to family members, children, etc. 

Check Your Hours!

Soon you will be able to check your hours online to see how much credit you have and have used. Watch this space.


For more information, or to volunteer on one of our regular teams, contact Reyna Collura at 409.763.2403, or