NYC Volunteer Opportunities in the Arts

Here is a selection of arts and culture groups that regularly welcome volunteers to assist them with their daily operations, special programs, or one-time events. Expand your own skill set and experience within the arts scene and communities of New York City.


NYC-ARTS Top Five: April 21- 27

The NYC-ARTS Top Five is your cheat sheet to what's hot before it hits the radar. Here are our Top Five picks for the week.

Earth Day: Celebrate Green Living

Enjoy a patch of Earth at one of New York's parks or nature centers, or even dig into it on volunteer days at places like Queens Botanical Garden or Conference House Park in Staten Island. Activities take place all over the city, throughout the month of April.

NEA Our Town Grant for Mural Project in Brooklyn

Groundswell Community Mural Project partnered with the Pitkin Avenue BID and NYC Department of Probation in Brownsville to receive an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Houses of Worship in New York City

This NYC-ARTS collection is a guide for finding arts events (many of which are free) that take place in New York’s houses of worship and for discovering the rich heritage and architecture of these landmark buildings.

Free Events: NYC on a Budget

The best things in life are free, including many performances and activities in New York City. Whether you crave live music, a screen larger than your television or group activities, there is always something, somewhere that invites you to join in at little-to-no cost.

Free Museum Days or Pay What You Wish

Many of the city’s attractions offer free entry or pay-what-you-wish options, be it for a select day of the month or evening hours every week. Use the no-cost or low-cost admittance to take a chance on the unknown or return to a favorite art work, exhibit or gallery again and ...

Public Art in New York City

Time spent outdoors with works of public art encourages new ideas, conversations and a welcomed flourish to an otherwise ordinary route. Take a detour on your next commute to visit one of these nearby pieces.

Photography in New York: Photo Exhibitions from Archival to Contemporary

Photography exhibitions allow us to travel---both geographically and through time---and give us permission to curiously gaze at others without shame. Take advantage of fascinating glimpses of life through trained eyes at the following galleries, museums and libraries.

Museum Mile

The most diverse art-viewing opportunities on any given mile in the country is Museum Mile, a stretch of Fifth Avenue that borders Central Park, between 110th and 82nd streets.

Hispanic Heritage in New York

From the latest author talks to masterpieces on view, from Latin jazz concerts to flamenco lessons, there are plenty of ways to keep up with your ancestral heritage, or to see a different cultural perspective for the first time.

Highlights of Lower Manhattan

Lower Manhattan, the geographic and historic starting point of New York City, is home to national monuments and memorials that reflect the nation's history, as well as scores of contemporary museums, cultural groups, public art works and performing arts centers.