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Volunteer Opportunities

Become a volunteer of the Friends of Hopkins Center for the Arts and help the arts thrive on Mainstreet!

The Hopkins Center for the Arts depends on the expertise, skills, knowledge and time of volunteers. Volunteers help at single events or make a longer-term commitment by serving on the a committee or on the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

volunteer opportunities

  • office assistance
  • planning/hosting events
  • ushering at concerts
  • installing art exhibitions
  • working at the Hopkins Arts Festival
  • committee service (see below)

committee service opportunities

Visual Arts Advisory Committee

Commitment:

  • One-year term (limit of 5 consecutive terms)
  • Attend 5 out of 6 scheduled meetings during a season (second Monday of the month, 5pm; August, October, December, February, April, June)

Responsibilities:

  • to develop an annual calendar of visual arts exhibitions and activities
  • to oversee two members’ group exhibitions each year (one juried, one open)
  • to seek out innovative ways to tie exhibitions into other activities at the Cneter and to collaborate with other organizations
  • to serve as the selection committee for exhibitions and review all proposals
  • to develop and implement educational programs in the visual arts
  • to explore ways to incorporate visual arts throughout the Center

Exhibition Principles:

  • to provide exhibition opportunities in all media
  • to provide exhibition opportunities to both emerging and established artists with specific emphasis on community
  • to provide a supportive and educational environment for artists
  • to provide the community with intergenerational, multi-cultural and diverse exhibitions
  • to assist in promoting the Hopkins Center for the Arts
  • to create a financially sustainable exhibition program


Fundraising Committee

Purpose:

To aid the Board of the Friends in ensuring that there are adequate resources to support both the operations of the nonprofit Friends and programmatic goals of the Center

Key Tasks:

  • Presents an annual fund raising campaign plan to the Board of the Friends and oversees fund raising efforts
  • Keeps the Board apprised of fund raising progress
  • Plans and executes fundraising events, including the annual Hopkins Arts Festival
  • Cultivates potential sources of contributed support as well as encourages the creation of sustainable revenue programs with growth potential such as memberships, sales and entrepreneurial efforts

Commitment:

  • Meets monthly (note: the Hopkins Arts Festival has several subcommittees that determine their own meeting schedules. For more information on these subcommittees call 952-979-1100, ext 0.)
  • One-year term
  • Estimated time commitment of 3 hours/month


Board of Directors of the Friends of Hopkins Center for the Arts

Term: 2 years (maximum 2 consecutive terms)
Board members jointly fulfill the following five roles and responsibilities:

  • TRUSTEE (holds fiduciary responsibility; has the responsibility of stewardship, seeing the organization’s assets used for the greatest good in serving the mission)
  • SPONSOR (ensures there are adequate resources to support both operations of the nonprofit Friends and programmatic goals of the Center by making by making a personal financial commitment to the organization and encouraging others to do so; jointly and as individuals, lend their name and reputation in support)
  • ADVOCATE (works to enhance the organization’s public image; advocates for the broader arts community; acknowledges the benefits of the arts to the community)
  • GOVERNOR (determines the organization’s missions and bylaws and ensures that programs and services address that mission; helps evaluate senior staff person; ensures effective organizational planning; sets policy)
  • PARTICIPANT (attends activities and events; contributes time to serve the organization)

Commitment Required

  • Commits an average of 6 hours per month
  • Misses no more than 3 regularly scheduled monthly meetings each year
  • Serves on at least one committee
  • Joins the membership program and contributes to the annual campaign
  • Actively demonstrates commitment to the organization, the arts and to the community

apply to become a volunteer

To become a volunteer or apply for a committee, simply fill out the online volunteer application form or contact Jo Clare Hartsig, Volunteer and Events Manager, at 952-979-1107 or jchartsig@hopkinsmn.com. Or print and mail application form: Volunteer Application

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the Friends, please call 952-979-1100 (ext 0) to request a board application form. Upon receipt of the completed application, someone from the current board will contact you. Board terms start on January 1 of each year and must be approved by a vote of the Board of Directors.