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Smithsonian Studio Arts Virtual Classroom Assistant

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The Smithsonian Associates

  • 73 people are interested
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 in our virtual studio arts classes this year. No expertise in art is needed; but a desire to learn about it is ideal. Our volunteers work remotely, managing aspects of Zoom meetings, the platform we are using due to COVID 19.
Specifically, you would allow students in from the waiting room, post announcements and links in the chat, and monitor the questions that come and up voice them to the instructors as needed. It does provide a great way to learn about a wide variety of artistic mediums, as you can listen in on the instruction and even 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 https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/Events/index.aspx?Studio-Arts-New

To apply please contact Jenna Jones, CVA at jonesjel@si.edu and she will send you a position description and discuss the steps toward becoming a remote volunteer with Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts classes!

Questions? Either email Jenna at jonesjel@si.edu or call her at 202-633-8596.

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About The Smithsonian Associates


Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW - Suite 3077, Washington, DC 20026, US

Mission Statement

The Smithsonian Associates advances the Institution's mission to "increase and diffuse knowledge" through life-enriching educational and cultural experiences inspired by the Smithsonian's research and collections for DC-region students, families and adults, and for learning communities nationwide.


The Smithsonian Associates - the largest museum-based educational program in the world - has produced vibrant educational and cultural programming inspired by the Smithsonian's research, collecctions and exhibitions, since our founding in 1965.

Each year more than 800 individual programs are presented to spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages in the Washington, DC area and beyond.

Smithsonian Associates brings the Smithsonian to life through studio art classes, seminars, performances, lectures, regional study tours, museum sleepovers, festivals and special events.

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We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Adult Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Arts Administration
  • People Skills


  • 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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