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).
Beastiary: A Collection of Animals, Works by Lauris Reintjes
Opening on First Friday, November 3, 5-8 PM
Gallery Opening is Free & Open to All, with Works Available for Purchase
The ZACC is proud to present ‘Beastiary: A Collection of Animals’, works by Lauris Reintjes, in the ZACC Youth Gallery for the month of November, opening November 3, from 5 to 8 PM. ZACC Gallery Openings are free and open to all, with works available for purchase.
ABOUT THE ART
As the sixth mass extinction begins to affect all life on earth, conserving animal populations becomes more urgent than ever before. Estimates show that 12-200 species are going extinct every day. This show features animals that are unrecognized or endangered due to human actions (such as the pet trade, deforestation, or traditional medicine). By sharing these animals I hope to bring greater awareness to them, their environments and aid in their conservation efforts. I hope that this collection reveals the complexity of these species as well as their beauty and helps you want to maintain their populations and habitats for future generations. I choose and discover the animals that I create by listening to podcasts about them, reading books, or traveling to places where they live. I have been lucky enough to travel to the Galapagos, Puerto Rico, as well as a variety of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited aquariums and zoos where I have seen many fantastic creatures. After visiting tide pools in Seattle and other oceans, my focus has been attracted to marine species and the threatened and critically endangered species that abound there. I have been making small watercolors recently that are exclusively marine species that not many people know about. To make my 3-D animals I try to use scrap materials such as paper and cardboard from our recycling to make their bodies, then I make a face out of clay or hot glue, I then cut out and glue on faux fur or pleather, and I finish by painting facial features and hands, adding ears, tails or other small details. I have a list of 173 animals that I would like to make that range in size from 10 feet to 3 centimeters tall. I wish to make them all and create larger and more complex species than I have ever made before.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lauris is an avid animal lover. In the moments he is not spending making art he can be found listening to his favorite podcast about animals or talking about the many interesting facts he’s gathered about them. A favorite hobby of his is charming Joann Fabric workers into giving him a few extra inches of faux fur. Lauris also enjoys baking and contra dancing, and will try to convince you to come (7:30, Elk’s Club, twice a month on Saturdays!!!!!!). He loves to travel and seeks AZA accredited zoos and aquariums wherever he goes. Lauris plans to use the proceeds from this show towards faux fur (as any 15-year-old would).