Volunteer at AoA

Arts of the Albemarle (AoA) plays host to more residents of northeastern North Carolina than any other regional organization.  At the center of every program, performance, and exhibit are our volunteers. AoA volunteers play a critical role, offering their creativity, experience and time to our organization and the five counties we serve. Virtually every aspect of our organization needs the assistance of volunteers—this includes our visual and performing arts, special events and day-to-day operations. No matter your age, availability, or background, we have a job for you!

Why volunteer for AoA:

FUN: An average day at AoA consists of beautiful art, creative people, and constant activity. As an AoA volunteer, you will be surrounded by other community members who share your passion for the arts, as well as a team of staff members who are dedicated and enthusiastic about their jobs. We have fun at AoA and feel a happy work environment is the key to a thriving organization.

FLEXIBILITY: Most volunteer positions at AoA may be adjusted to fit your schedule. In instances where volunteer help is needed for a specific time or day, a call for assistance will be made, giving you the opportunity to offer your help if you’re available.

FREE STUFF: Passionate about the arts, but limited by a tight budget? Volunteering at AoA is the perfect way to experience shows, attend events, and take classes FREE of charge! All theater and event volunteers get to enjoy the show or event in which they are volunteering free of charge. Volunteers are encouraged to take classes (free of charge) in order to further their education in the area in which they volunteer. In addition, artist volunteers receive an additional perk for their service—AoA’s commission rate reduces by 10%, from 35% to 25%, for artists who volunteer a minimum of four hours a month.

How do I volunteer:

1. REVIEW OUR VOLUNTEER TEAMS: Review the volunteer team descriptions below and decide which group(s) you’d like to be a part of based on your skills, personality and availability.

2.  SUBMIT AN APPLICATION: Just fill our online volunteer registration form, or download our volunteer application and drop it off at AoA: 516 E. Main St., Downtown Elizabeth City, email it to volunteers@artsaoa.com or fax to 252.338.3156.

3.  MEET WITH OUR VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR: After receiving and reviewing your application, our Volunteer Coordinator will schedule a time to meet with you. You’ll learn more about your volunteer role, review our Volunteer Policies and Procedures, and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.


Volunteer Teams

THE GALLERY TEAM assists AoA’s Gallery Manager and Facilities Manager in the monthly and quarterly preparation of the gallery. Responsibilities include assisting with the layout and rehanging of artwork, arranging 3-dimensional artwork, wholesale items and jewelry, and creating window displays that beautifully represent current exhibits and programs happening at AoA.

Immediate Supervisor: Gallery Manager

Frequency: The Jenkins Gallery and AoA’s Board Room showcase Featured Artists on a monthly basis. The remainder of the gallery changes on a quarterly basis.  Because of this, members of the Gallery Team are needed monthly to rehang the Jenkins Gallery and Board Room and rearrange shelving, with more volunteers needed quarterly to assist with the full gallery rehang. Volunteers are needed the last week of each month either during or after regular business hours.

Qualifications: An eye for design or decor including color-combining, effective layout and creative display techniques. Physical ability to handle artwork and arrange items in shelving and cabinets.

Benefits of serving on the Gallery Team: This is a creative role in which volunteers will be directly involved in the design of the AoA galleries. Using an eye for design and layout, volunteers will work with each individual piece of art, determining the best way to showcase and feature the piece. This is an infrequent job which is needed once a month. Volunteers may work independently or in teams, depending on their preference.


THE GREETERS/FRONT DESK TEAM serves as a welcoming and friendly face to visitors of AoA. Responsibilities include greeting visitors as they enter AoA and assisting them with their visit, answering phones, sharing information with visitors including upcoming classes and events, and assisting with other administrative tasks, such as mailings, when needed.

Immediate Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator

Frequency: Greeters are needed every day that AoA is open: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.  Most greeters work half-day shifts.

Qualifications: An outgoing, warm personality who is comfortable speaking to strangers. A willingness to help shoppers, artists and visitors, being proactive in anticipating their needs. The ability to follow instructions and procedures related to class registration, artwork drop-off and other administrative tasks associated with the front desk.

Benefits of serving on the Greeter/Front Desk Team: This is a social role in which volunteers will visit with AoA’s patrons, assisting them with purchases, ticket sales or general information. This is a wonderful role for the individual who enjoys meeting new people.


THE FACILITIES TEAM helps take care of our beautiful building by assisting the Facilities Manager in the cleaning and care of the facility. Responsibilities include but are not limited to cleaning of galleries, assisting the Facilities Manager with general repairs such as painting and patching of gallery walls, attaching name plaques to theater seats, and cleaning the stage area between productions. This team also assists the Facilities Manager in the setup or removal of riser seating in Maguire Theatre.

Immediate Supervisor: Facilities Manager / Gallery Manager
Frequency:  Facilities help is needed on a regular basis and can be based on the volunteer’s availability. The need is much greater during certain times, such as during theater shows or summer camps in which our building is playing host to large numbers of people.
Qualifications: The physical ability to clean the building and make basic repairs. Some tasks, such as setup and removal of the theater risers, require the ability to lift 50lbs.
Benefits of serving on the Facilities Team:  Facilities Team volunteers serve a critically important “behind the scenes” role at AoA. Volunteers are able to work independently and at times that are convenient to them.
THE DOCENT TEAM will showcase and discuss our facility and featured artwork with visitors and shoppers. Responsibilities include discussing AoA’s artists and artwork with visitors, assisting interested shoppers in selecting the right piece of artwork for their home or office, and conducting tours of The Center.
Immediate Supervisor: Docent Leadership Team
Frequency: Docents are needed every day that AoA is open: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.  Most docents work half-day shifts.
Qualifications: Willingness to participate in a required training program in which docents will be provided an in-depth history of the building and organization, as well as information about our artists and exhibits. Docents must be enthusiastic, cheerful and willing to learn, and should have an interest in working with people.  Experience or education in history, art, or teaching can be helpful, although not required.
Benefits of serving on the Docent Team: Docents hold an important role in any museum or gallery; they determine the memory visitors have of their visit. Docents are the storytellers who bring the history of our building and organization alive, while also discussing in-depth the artwork and artists featured in our galleries. Docents will have the opportunity to take classes related to their role, free of charge.
THE THEATER TEAM assists with productions occurring in the Maguire Theatre, primarily by bartending and ushering.
Immediate Supervisor: Theater Leadership Team
Frequency: Theater Volunteers are needed for almost every show that takes place in the Maguire Theater. Scheduling is handled by the Theater Leadership Team.
Qualifications: Team members must be 16 years of age or older (ushers) or 21 years of age or older (bartenders). Must be friendly and personable, a team player who works well with others. Must be available nights and weekends.
Benefits of serving on the Theater Team: Theater volunteers are able to enjoy the show free of charge.
THE SPECIAL EVENT TEAM helps with AoA events including Taste of the Albemarle, River City Rhythm & Brews, First Friday ArtWalk and others.  Responsibilities include helping with set-up and break-down of event locations, working at varying volunteer stations including bartending and admissions areas and distribution of event posters and marketing materials.
Immediate Supervisor: Event Chair
Frequency: As needed
Qualifications: Physical ability to stand for up to four hours, lift tables, chairs and other event supplies. If distributing posters, the physical ability to walk between Downtown businesses.
Benefits of serving on the Events Team: Volunteers enjoy free admission to the event for which they’re volunteering. Special Event Team volunteers will have first consideration as additions to the event planning committee.
THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANCE TEAM helps AoA staff members on an as-needed basis with administrative projects such as mailers and data entry.
Immediate Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator
Frequency:  As needed
Qualifications: Experience in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) helpful but not required. An eye for accuracy and detail.
Benefits of serving on the Administrative Assistance Team: In many cases, these volunteer tasks can be performed from home.  Volunteers are able to work independently and at times that are convenient to them.
THE INSTRUCTOR ASSISTANCE TEAM is responsible for assisting during Visual and Performing Arts classes.
Immediate Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator
Frequency:  As needed
Qualifications:  Experience in education or childcare helpful but not required. Enjoys working with adults and children..
Benefits of serving on the Instructor Assistance Team: Volunteers are able to be a part of AoA’s teaching environment,working with children and adults to ensure they have an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Online Volunteer Application Form

Contact Information

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Team Preference

Please select the team(s) you wish to be considered for: