Smithsonian Studio Arts Classroom Assistant

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The Smithsonian Associates

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Our Studio Arts students and volunteers have fun!
Nearly 50 art courses offered each quarter; Our volunteers help make them happen by providing hospitality and logistical support to our instructors. It's a great way to learn about a wide variety of art mediums while helping to ensure everything runs smoothly in the classroom.

The Smithsonian Associates Program seeks volunteers who love art, and the process of making it, to assist our instructors and students at our studio arts classes each semester. No expertise in art is needed; but a desire to learn about it is ideal. Our volunteers provide hospitality, configure the classroom tables and easels, handle check in/registration, and similar duties. It does provide a great way to learn about a wide variety of artistic mediums, as you can listen in on the instruction and dabble in your own artwork off to the side, using your own art supplies.

We offer about 50 different (non-photography) art courses in quarterly semesters. Generally they meet weekly for 4, 6 or 8 weeks, with some exceptions. To see our current course descriptions, check out

To apply please go to and click on the word Volunteer in the yellow banner. You'll see a position description and an online application. Email your application, and resume if possible, to or mail it to Smithsonian Associates, Attn: Jenna Jones, CVA, P.O. Box 23293, Washington, DC 20026-3293.

Questions? Either email Jenna at or call her at 202-633-8596

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The Smithsonian Associates1100 Jefferson Drive SW; Suite 3077Mailing Address: PO Box 23293; MRC 701Washington, DC 20026



  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Adult Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Arts Administration


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once a week, for up to 8 weeks at a time
  • Vol. 3 out of 4 quarters of the year, & be available weeknights & weekends

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