Join in the fun and serve as a volunteer at the Durango Arts Center! There are a variety of activities and programs, hours of service and days of the week that are the perfect combination for you and DAC.  Help out at one of our fundraising events; greet visitors to the Barbara Conrad Gallery; lend your expertise to installing an exhibition; or provide much needed administrative support for day-to-day functions.

DAC welcomes individuals who value the mission of the DAC. Each year, more than 100 volunteers contribute over 7,500 hours to DAC’s general operations and programming. Sometimes volunteers contribute on a one-time basis, while other “lifers” have contributed to DAC for the breadth of its 40 year existence.

There are many benefits to volunteering: we are a community-service organization, and we provide an opportunity for you to use your skills, talents and experience; you may receive complimentary tickets to events, 10% discount on purchases in our galleries and shop and an invitation for you and a guest to attend our annual Volunteer Appreciation Gala.

We look forward to your participation in the continual development of DAC as a vital arts, educational and cultural institution.  Please take a moment to check the list below that outlines current volunteer opportunities or you may have an idea of your own.

Support Art in your Community… Volunteer!

Volunteer Contact

Contact Cristie Scott at (970) 259-2606, Ext 14 or by email  for more information or to learn more.


FRONT DESK RECEPTION—The gallery desk receptionist provides a visual presence and welcome to the Durango Arts Center for visitors to the current exhibit and for persons coming to the DAC on business.

GALLERY ATTENDANT —The gallery attendant provides information about the current exhibit to visitors to the Barbara Conrad Gallery, assists with art sales and performs administrative duties.

HOSPITALITY—Provide assistance at art openings and other events sponsored by the Durango Arts Center. Duties include staffing a cash wine bar, making and serving a non-alcoholic punch, supervising the food table, disposing of trash and cleaning the kitchen and reception area.

CLERICAL—Data entry, filing, preparing bulk mailings and a variety of other clerical tasks.

CONCESSIONS/USHERING—The DAC is a venue for a variety of concerts and other performances for which this assistance is needed from time to time.

DAC KIDS’ EDUCATION—Assist instructor in DAC art classes; Assist teacher in our After-School Arts Program in the 9R district schools; help inventory and organize art supply office at the DAC.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE—Watering flower boxes, repairing walls after exhibits take-down, cleaning, painting and a variety of other tasks.

DURANGO ARTS FESTIVAL—This annual fundraiser of the DAC requires help with set-up and take-down of the festival, information booth, drink and t-shirt sales and a variety of other tasks.


MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE—The membership committee works with the membership coordinator to maintain and develop the DAC’s membership through membership drives, coordinate the annual benefactors’ event and encourage new memberships to the DAC.

EXHIBITS COMMITTEE—The exhibits committee assists in the selection of annual exhibits; contributes to the preparation and installation of exhibits; coordination and development of necessary educational materials and media information; correspondence and contracts; inter-committee communication; reception coordination and selection of jurors.

DOCENT COMMITTEE—Docents conduct tours of the exhibits in the Barbara Conrad Gallery and participate in community outreach through the Art in the Schools Program.

VOLUNTEER—Works with the volunteer coordinator in helping to recruit and support volunteers; assists with the volunteer appreciation galas.

FINANCE—Works with the executive director and finance director to oversee the financial health of the organization.

MARKETING—Works with the executive director to formulate creative and effective methods for marketing the programs of the DAC.

FUNDRAISING—Works with the executive director to formulate effective fundraising strategies.

EVENTS—Oversees the planning and implementation of special events for the DAC, often in collaboration with the fundraising committee.