Volunteer opportunities in NYC are there for the taking, giving and making. Whether you’re a skilled artist, administrator, communicator, tech advisor, teacher, or builder, arts and culture groups regularly welcome volunteers to assist them with their daily operations, special programs, or one-time events.

On NYC-ARTS, look for “Our Volunteer Opportunities” in the right-hand column of organization descriptions for quick links to volunteer listings.

While these organizations have web pages describing volunteer opportunities and projects, others who do not list volunteer positions might very well be open to an offer of your time and skills. Read an organization’s profile to familiarize yourself with the focus of their work, who their audience is, and the communities they may work in beyond their home location.

Volunteering for arts and culture groups in New York is a great way to contribute to their success, serve communities and expand your own skill set and experience within the tremendous arts scene of New York City.  See all all organizations with volunteer opportunities.

    American Ballet Theatre

    American Ballet Theatre

    The Company's spring season is held at the Metropolitan Opera House. Repertory includes many of the great Romantic ballets of the 19th century, major works of the 20th century and works by contemporary choreographers.

    American Classical Orchestra

    American Classical Orchestra

    The American Classical Orchestra celebrates classical music performance on authentic instruments, specializing in repertoire from the 17th to 19th centuries.

    American Museum of Natural History

    American Museum of Natural History

    The largest natural history museum in the world has a mission commensurately monumental in scope. See reconstructions of dinosaurs, dioramas of mammals and ocean life in their natural habitats, meteors and glistening gems and cultural artifacts that kids literally running from one exhibition to the next. The Rose Center for Earth and Space explores the entire universe.

    ArtBridge

    ArtBridge

    By transforming overhead construction scaffolding and other public spaces in transition into large-scale open-air galleries, ArtBridge supports emerging artists and makes the urban cultural experience much more interesting.

    Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn Museum

    With a mission to create inspiring encounters with art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities, the Brooklyn Museum is where great art and courageous conversations are catalysts for a more connected, civic, and empathetic world.

    chashama, Inc.

    chashama, Inc.

    Founded in 1996, chashama supports thriving cultural communities by transforming temporarily vacant properties into spaces where art can flourish. By recycling and repurposing buildings in transition, it invests in neighborhoods, fosters local artists and sustains a vast range of creativity and culture.

    CITYarts

    CITYarts

    CITYarts brings people together through the creation of public art that improves the quality of life in their communities.

    DCTV

    DCTV

    Founded in 1972, DCTV is an established media arts resource for NYC’s independent filmmaking community, providing affordable workshops, production equipment rentals, post-production facilities, a signature screening series, renowned youth programming, and more – all under the same roof as its award-winning documentary production house.

    Free Arts NYC

    Free Arts NYC

    Free Arts NYC provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.

    Groundswell Community Mural Project

    Groundswell Community Mural Project

    The project brings together artists, youth and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change. The projects beautify neighborhoods, engage youth in societal and personal transformation, and give expression to perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialogue.

    The Jewish Museum

    The Jewish Museum

    Located on Museum Mile at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, the Jewish Museum is one of the world's preeminent institutions devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary, offering intellectually engaging, educational, and provocative exhibitions and programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

    Museum of Arts and Design

    Museum of Arts and Design

    The museum explores how craftsmanship, art and design intersect in the visual arts today. Exhibitions focus on the ways in which contemporary artists and designers from around the world transform materials through processes ranging from the handmade to cutting-edge technologies.

    Museum of Modern Art

    Museum of Modern Art

    The Museum of Modern Art was described by its first director as a torpedo moving through time. Since opening in 1929, MoMA has secured its place as a pioneer collector and exhibitor of modern art-from 19th-century Post-Impressionism to contemporary installations. MoMA's collection includes painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, film, architecture and design.

    New York Botanical Garden

    New York Botanical Garden

    This 250-acre oasis comprises virgin forest, formal gardens, wetlands, ponds, undulating hills, the Everett Children's Adventure Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which is a spectacular soaring crystal palace built in 1902.

    New York City Ballet

    New York City Ballet

    Founded in 1948 by Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine, the New York City Ballet performs in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

    Prospect Park Alliance

    Prospect Park Alliance

    The Prospect Park Alliance seeks to inspire visitors to take an active role in the preservation of the unique natural, man-made and ultimately urban environments of Prospect Park.

    Queens Botanical Garden

    Queens Botanical Garden

    Queens Botanical Garden features 39 acres of beautiful landscapes including a Fragrance Walk, Green Roof, and the Bee, Herb, Wedding, Woodland and Wetland Gardens. Green Trail markers highlight QBG‚ sustainability practices and how visitors can ‚go green‚Äù at home.

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibits the best in 20th-century art and contemporary art.

    Staten Island Arts

    Staten Island Arts

    Staten Island Arts provides information on arts, cultural and humanities programs and events throughout the borough.

    Symphony Space

    Symphony Space

    Symphony Space presents a full calendar of inexpensive‚ often free‚ programs. It presents over 200 music, dance, drama, literature, film and children's programs every year, including the annual Wall to Wall music marathons and Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story.

    Wave Hill

    Wave Hill

    Among the leafy estates of Riverdale in the Bronx, Wave Hill is a former private residence with gardens, lawns, woodlands and picturesque views of the New Jersey Palisades. Programming includes art exhibitions and workshops related to nature.