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In-person programming is back at the Duluth Art Institute, and we need volunteers to help with upcoming events. Volunteers are a vital part of our programming; we could not serve the community the way we do without volunteers.


August 9 and 10, 2021, multiple times: Annual Member Show Intake

Help the DAI intake hundreds of artworks made by members for the Annual Member Show. More details to come. 

August 21, 2021, multiple times: Lincoln Park Building Grand Reopening 

A celebration of creativity and community. We will need volunteers to help us set up the event, to lead art activities, and more. More details to come.

October 9, 2021, multiple times: Duluth Art Institute Masquerade Gala 

The Masquerade Gala is the DAI’s premier annual event and fundraiser. With visual art exhibitions, art classes for all ages, and artist services such as professional development and networking, the DAI serves 68,000 artists and art lovers in the region and throughout the state. Funding from the Gala supports bringing art to and inspiring art in everyone. Watch for more details on how to get involved. 

Other opportunities include:

- Artist Talks 

- Free Art DAI supply kit assembly

- Gallery Painting and Hanging


We need your help in the DAI galleries. There are available docent volunteer slots every weekend during our open hours. Please reach out to engagement@duluthartinsitute.org if you are interested in setting up for regular docent hours. You are also welcome to sign-up for docent slots through our volunteer portal.

Docents supervise the galleries to ensure visitors and the artwork are safe. The Duluth Art Institute gathers volunteer docents during special events when there is more visitors expected than the average day. Docents:

  •  Welcome visitors with a smile and warm greeting
  •  Remind guests to not touch the artwork and supervise children at all times
  •  Remind guests that food and beverage are not allowed in the galleries
  •  Maintain a clean and tidy space within the galleries
  •  Respond to questions


Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Other Ways To Support the DAI


The Duluth Art Institute is looking for art enthusiasts passionate about bringing local art to the front of mind by becoming an Art Hound. 

Art Hounds is a weekly segment on MPR News, in which three people talk about arts events in Minnesota they think our listeners should check out. The goal of Art Hounds is to raise awareness of what an amazingly rich cultural scene we have here in Minnesota and inspire people to try out new things. 

Art Hounds are members of the Minnesota arts community who look beyond their own work to highlight what's exciting in local art on Minnesota Public Radio. 

Accepted Highlights: 

MPR is focusing on art by Minnesotans that can be enjoyed safely, including events arranged for social distancing, performances streaming online, and other work enjoy from home. The only stipulation is that it can't be your own work or work you're professionally, financially or personally associated with in any way.

See what Art Hounds are talking about: 


Learn more about becoming an Art Hound: 


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