What type of volunteer positions are typically available?
Docents - Docents lead visitors on an interactive, discussion-based tour of the exhibition. Docents are expected to be up to date with new exhibition information (provided by the Education Coordinator), and expected to contribute information at scheduled training sessions.
Studio Monitor Volunteers - The Varley Art Gallery offers many hands-on art classes and camps for the community to experience art. These classes are engaging, inspirational and educational in nature, and allow our students to deepen their appreciation and understanding of Canadian art as well as to explore their passion in art.
These classes are available for children (4-12 years old), teenagers (13-16 years old) and adults based on the following schedule:
Winter program (January - March)
March Break Camp for children (mid-March)
Spring program (March - June)
Summer Camp for children (July - August)
Fall program (September - December)
Winter Break Camp for children (end of December - early January)
Birthday parties and other holiday events
Studio Monitor volunteers assist our instructors for children's programs and birthday parties.
General Interest / Special Events Volunteers -
Each year the Varley-McKay Art Foundation and the Varley Art Gallery host different events to fundraise and to promote art in the community. They include:
The Varley Fine Art Auction in May
Garden in White Dinner Party in July
Markham-Unionville Homes for the Holidays House Tour in November
Exhibition Opening Receptions (January, May, September)
Community Outreach Programs during public holidays (eg. Family Day, Canada Day, Simcoe Day and Labour Day)
Pecha Kucha Night
Special concerts and lectures in conjunction with the exhibition
All these events would not be as successful without the help from our general interest / special events volunteers.
As a special events volunteer, your responsibilities may involve:
Setting up and closing down venues
Preparing and serving food and drinks
Setting up and monitoring silent auction stations
Promotion and outreach
Preparing materials for art-related activities
Greeting our guests and providing information / direction as needed