Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the ZACC! Our organization thrives on the generosity of volunteers like you to help fulfill our mission. We welcome folks to help in several areas of our operation; our youth classes and rock camps, our Laura Grace Barrett Print Shop, and live events held in the Show Room at the ZACC. There are also several individual opportunities to lend a hand throughout the year like our annual Mini Show fundraiser or tabling sessions at schools and community events.
However you would like to help out, we want you to know that we value your contribution. Therefore, those volunteers who complete at least 15 hours for the ZACC are eligible to receive a voucher valued at $25 to be used on events and classes for themselves, or events, classes or camps for family members. For each additional 10 hours, volunteers are eligible for another voucher of the same value. Vouchers may not be redeemed for retail items such as pottery, items in the shop, or gallery pieces.
Please look at the various volunteer roles listed and send us your contact information, as well as your preferred availability (evenings after 5, Sundays, unavailable on Tuesdays, etc.), using the subsequent form. We are certain we can find a way for you to make a difference!
AVAILABLE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Youth Classes/Visual Arts
Summer: 8AM - 12PM or 1PM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday
School Year: 4 - 6:30PM Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and 3 - 5:30PM on Thursdays
- Assist the class instructor with material preparation and classroom organization for specific lessons in a diverse catalogue of artistic genres ranging from clay handbuilding to stop motion animation.
- Work with individuals or groups of students to help them work through the content of the lesson.
- Assist with classroom clean up.
- We do encourage volunteers to pick at least one camp (either one full week in the summer or 6 consecutive weekdays in the school year) and volunteer for the duration of that camp.
Summer: 9:30AM - 4:30PM, Monday through Friday
School Year: 4 - 6PM, Monday and Wednesdays or 4-6PM on Tuesdays and 3 - 5PM on Thursdays
- Assist Rock Camp Instructors with instrument set up and the division of the group into bands.
- Work alongside instructors with one band or rotate among bands helping students to craft their own lyrics and guiding them in the creation of individual parts to contribute to their group’s song. Help the bands stay on task, rehearse effectively, and prepare for the final performance at the end of camp.
- We value all levels of musical experience among our Rock Campers. For some, it will be the first time they pick up their chosen instrument and others may have already had a few years of lessons.
- We also value myriad experience levels in our instructors and volunteers. Whether you are a professional musician or just like to play for fun, reach out if you are interested in passing along a passion for music.
Show Room at the ZACC
Days Vary, Approximately 6:30 - 10:30 PM
- Assist with Show Room set up and staging.
- Work in a variety of roles during live performances, such as helping bartenders, ushering, running the door, and other duties as needed.
- Enjoy awesome music, live theatre, or other performances taking place at the ZACC.
Laura Grace Barrett Print Shop
Weekdays, 1-2 Hour Blocks, 10AM - 6PM
Weeknights, 6 - 8PM for Adult Printmaking Classes
- Assist in print shop maintenance and cleaning.
- Monitor print shop usage for class participants and other keyholders.
- Assist the Gallery and Printshop Manager with class preparation, lesson delivery, and clean up.
Front Desk/Paint Your Own Pottery Studio
Weekdays, 1-2 Hour Blocks, 10AM - 6PM
First Friday Evenings, 5 - 9PM
- Assist with upkeep and operation of Paint Your Own Pottery Studio (clear glazing, assisting customers, etc.).
- Help with sales of items from the studio and the ZACC Artists Shop.
- On First Fridays, help direct patrons to the gallery, assist with bartending, and helping the front desk employee on duty record gallery sales.
Special Events and Outreach
Varied dates and times
- Throughout the year, the ZACC has several individual events and outreach opportunities where volunteers can help spread the word about our organization and mission to cultivate community through accessible arts experiences for all. These events range from the ZACC Mini Show, our largest annual fundraiser, to tabling opportunities at local public schools. More information about these volunteer opportunities can be found via our site Menu > Shows & Events > Annual Events (select the event of your choice).
Death Mirror, Works by Tanya Abou-Ghazaly
Gallery Opening First Friday, August 5, 5-8 PM
In the Blackfoot Communications Gallery through September 7
After the traumatic death of her estranged father in Lebanon, Tanya Abou-Ghazaly tries to find closure by unpacking her family history through the lens of mortality.
Death Mirror is a photo essay that weaves together fragments of her family history using poetic prose and old photographs exhumed from dusty boxes. A mural adapted from the photo essay will be exhibited at the ZACC throughout the month of August.
Jumping between 1960s Beirut and the present, the story spotlights her grandfather (one of the first airline pilots in the Middle East), her father and the fate that befalls them both. The artist projects her existential fears onto the images, hoping to process the loss of a parent and the inescapable fact of her own mortality.
Experimental, the text unpacks language related to grief in English and Arabic, providing a window into both cultures inhabited by the artist. By breaking down everyday words, she puts forth new and imaginative ways of thinking about language in relation to death.
Through the alchemy of words and images, this meditation on loss gives a personal account of death, one that is particular yet universal, singular yet relatable. Death Mirror is a delicate exploration of grief that invites others into an intimate space to contemplate their own mortality alongside the artist.
Alongside the mural, there will be handmade accordion books, silkscreen prints and postcards inspired by the photo essay on sale at the ZACC throughout the duration of the show.
ABOUT THE TANYA ABOU-GHAZALY, IN HER OWN WORDS
“I am a Lebanese-American writer, mixed media artist and future corpse who spends much of my waking life thinking about mortality. As a death-curious artist, I always take on a deeply personal approach to grapple with the universal themes of grief, loss and impermanence. By putting my existential fears into conversation with my family’s autobiography, I transform the edge of the abyss into a place for deeper reflection on the conditions of being.”