From our inception in 1994, volunteers have been an integral part of every activity and program Friendship Circle has offered. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Friendship Circle.
The Farber Center offers a number of volunteering opportunities inside the Dresner Soul Studio. We are looking for volunteers who have a background in art and can help the facilitating artists in a number of different specialties.
If you are interested in volunteering at Soul Studio please see the Soul Studio volunteer guidelines and descriptions below.
Volunteer Guidelines and Descriptions
Direct Art SupportThe Soul Studio maintains high standards for our artists, and thus have high expectations regarding experience and expertise of our volunteers. Maintaining a high standard of qualifications for our volunteers helps us to offer the high quality instruction and support our artists deserve. Our volunteers working in direct art support maintain a regular weekly schedule, volunteering one studio day per week, Monday –Thursday from 9:45 am – 3 pm. This regular schedule helps us pair our art support volunteers with a studio artist to work 1 on 1 supporting a project. If you have experience making or teaching art, and can commit one day per week, please consider volunteering in one of the following areas:
Fine Art StudioIf you are a working artist, current or retired art teacher, or recent art school graduate, volunteering in our fine art studio might be a good fit for you. We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic volunteers with specific art expertise in one or more of the following areas to volunteer in our fine art studio:
- Graphic Design
- Collage / Mixed Media
Fiber Art StudioIf you are an experienced weaver or sewer or a working fiber artist, our fiber arts studio might be a good fit for you. We are looking for experts with experience in one or more of the following areas to volunteer in our fiber studio:
- Embroidery (machines)
- Fiber Sculpture
Ceramics DepartmentIf you are a working ceramicist, potter, or sculptor, current or retired ceramics teacher, or recent art school graduate with a focus on clay, volunteering in our ceramics department might be a good fit for you. We are looking for experienced and enthusiastic volunteers with expertise in one or more of the following areas to volunteer in our ceramics department:
- Wheel throwing
- Hand building
Wood ShopIf you are a working or retired carpenter or experienced woodworker, volunteering in our wood shop might be a good fit for you. We are looking for experienced volunteers comfortable using and instructing the proper use of power tools and hand tools, sanding, staining, and finishing, and interested in training in our ShopBot CNC machine.
Other Soul Studio NeedsThough many people assume they can only volunteer through assisting our artists, the Soul Studio relies on our volunteers for help in many other equally important areas. Our volunteers in these areas can assist anytime between 10 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Frame ShopIf you have experience working in a frame shop, as a curator, or are a recent art school grad with experience preparing artwork, volunteering in our frame shop might be a good fit for you. We are looking for volunteers with experience in some of the following areas:
- Cutting mat
- Framing artwork
- Curating artwork
- Participating in curation discussion groups
- Hanging a gallery
- Scanning and Photographing artwork
Gallery Docent / Tour LeaderIf you are a people person, volunteering as a gallery docent might be a good fit for you. Our docents discuss the art and the artists in our gallery with visitors, answer phones, and lead tours of the gallery and studio. This is an important role being the public face of our studio, perfect for outgoing people who want to have a big impact on the Farber Center. No experience is needed and training is provided.
Operations SupportIf you are someone who loves organization, volunteering to assist with our studio support tasks may be a good fit for you. Our studio support volunteers help with the critical tasks that help keep our studio running, like organizing and inventorying art cabinets, filing and scanning completed artwork, cleaning and organizing art supplies, sinks, and studio spaces. No experience is needed and training is provided.