Volunteer & Internships

Join Kemper Museum’s volunteer program and contribute to our mission of providing a free and welcoming environment that enriches lives through the experience of contemporary art.

Kemper Museum volunteers, docents, and interns are a valued part of our Museum community and essential to supporting and expanding a wide range of programs and events. Reciprocally, the Museum strives to provide people of all ages and backgrounds with a meaningful and rewarding learning experience.

Listed below are the Museum’s current volunteer opportunities. Volunteering can be occasional, regularly scheduled, short-term, or long-term.

Find what fits your interests and schedule then contact Brooks Fitzpatrick at 816-457-6100 or visitorservices@kemperart.org.

Volunteers

A variety of volunteer opportunities are available to individuals, families, and community service groups. All ages and skill sets are welcome. Review the descriptions below and let us know how you would like to get involved:

Visitor Services Desk: Steady opportunities available on weekdays and weekends. Greet visitors, answer visitors’ questions about Kemper Museum, current exhibitions, and ongoing programming. 

Gallery Attendants: Welcome visitors, encourage visitors to interact and engage with activities in our Learning Gallery, and keep materials organized and stocked.

Education Workshops: Reoccurring opportunities available on weekdays and weekends. Prepare art materials, assist children and teachers with hands-on art activities, and help with set up and clean up. 

Administrative Assistance: Opportunities available during weekday office hours. Help with mailings, photocopying, filing, organizing, and assembling invitations.

To become a volunteer, fill out the digital volunteer application. The Museum's Volunteer Coordinator will contact you as soon as possible!

Docents

As an integral part of the Museum’s educational program, volunteer docents lead interactive tours for groups of all ages. Giving their time and expertise, docents provide visitors an opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, and even to question the meaning of an artwork, creating a lasting relationship with contemporary art.

New docents complete an initial training course held in weekly sessions, which provide docents with the skills necessary to facilitate meaningful discussion of the Museum’s special exhibitions and Permanent Collection. Before becoming an active docent, new docents are expected to attend all training sessions; observe at least five guided tours led by an active docent; complete assigned homework; and research, plan, and lead two tours observed by the Docent Educator. 

KEMPER MUSEUM NEW DOCENT APPLICATION FORM

We are grateful for the highly motivated volunteers who serve as docents. The Kemper Museum Docent Program is supported by the Family of Mary Beth Smith. 

Internships

Opportunities are available for in-depth, hands-on training within the following departments:

Administration: This department manages the Museum’s fiscal activity, shop and café/special events sales revenue, facility maintenance, protection services and operations, information technology and human resources.  Projects could include assisting during the annual audit or budget process, and assignments relating to the general operations of the Museum.

Curatorial: This department researches, organizes, and implements Permanent Collection and special exhibitions and programming for adult audiences. Curatorial also writes interpretative materials, catalog essays, and didactics in conjunction with the exhibitions. Projects could include researching artists and related topics, requesting information from galleries and artists, writing didactic materials, developing and maintaining artist files, preparing correspondence, and attending to general office duties. (Graduate Students preferred.)

Development: This department fosters donors, grants, corporate partnerships, and members. Projects could include researching new funding sources, data entry into the Raiser’s Edge database, and valued help with the numerous mailings at Kemper East amid the Museum’s Permanent Collection. 

Education: This department organizes and facilitates workshops, tours, camps, exhibition related events, and in-gallery materials to enhance visitors’ engagement with and understanding of art. Projects could include researching and writing educational materials, organizing an event, and developing docent files.

Marketing & Communications: This department designs Museum publications; markets the Museum, its exhibitions, its Permanent Collection, and Café Sebastienne; manages all media requests; writes and sends out press releases; maintains the Museum website and runs multiple social media accounts. Projects could include planning event-specific marketing initiatives, documenting Museum life, creating website and social media content, and graphic design work. (Summer only.) 

Registration: This department cares for and maintains documentation for the Permanent Collection and loans, and organizes shipping, insurance, and packing for the permanent collection and exhibitions. Projects could include maintaining and organizing accession files, entering and updating object records in collection management database, preparing and updating object documentation and exhibition histories in various forms including spreadsheets, and digitizing documents and images. For more information about registration internships, please contact the Chief Registrar at sdavis@kemperart.org. (Graduate Students or those pursuing a degree in art history or museum studies preferred.)

Special Events: This department books, plans, and manages special events at the Museum for corporate dinners and parties, meetings, wedding ceremonies, and receptions. Projects could include researching and compiling data concerning buffet displays, current event trends, KC-area event spaces and event planners, compiling lists of potential companies to hold events at the Museum, helping design sales materials, producing and mailing sales packets, creating sample event layouts, managing site visit materials, and possibly working events. 

Please mail your resumé, two letters of recommendation, and a cover letter, which includes your departmental preference and availability to visitorservices@kemperart.org, or send by mail to:

Volunteer Coordinator
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111

You will receive an e-mail confirmation from the Volunteer Coordinator when your materials arrive. Candidates for interviews will be notified by a departmental supervisor via telephone or e-mail.