Whatever your skills, interest or time availability, chances are there is a volunteer opportunity just right for you at the Chaffee Art Center. The Chaffee hosts events and programs year-round, many on evenings and weekends. For “behind-the-scenes” volunteer positions and internships, we ask for a commitment of at least two months of regular involvement. Special events, opening receptions and one-time opportunities we do not require such a time commitment.
Community Volunteers: Join Us!
As a Chaffee Art Center volunteer, you will have the opportunity to meet new friends, build professional relationships, or learn a new skill while contributing to a great cause. Most importantly, however, you will have the satisfaction that comes with supporting the Chaffee and the Rutland Area Art Association in its mission to make the visual arts an integral part of our community and region. Here are a few ways we use volunteers:
- Gallery greeters
- Art in the Park Gate Greeters
- Set up and clean up for a reception
- Stuffing envelopes for a bulk mailing
- Sticking address labels to announcement postcards
- Hanging posters around town
Description: The Gallery Assistant will be responsible for assisting staff with the daily activities of the Chaffee Art Center. Interns will be required to help with deconstruction and hanging of artwork, including patching and painting walls, moving furniture, adjusting lights, as well as general office duties such as data entry, cleaning, mass mailings, and word processing.
Requirements: A degree in fine arts, or enrollment at a college or university, working towards a degree in fine arts is preferred. We are looking for a self-starter, who is organized, professional, computer savvy with experience in Microsoft Word, Photoshop, Indesign, WordPress, and able to work on their feet for extended periods of time. Applicants must be flexible as our responsibilities are often on an as needed basis.
Studio School Intern
Description: The Studio School Intern will be responsible for assisting with Chaffee Studio School programming such as after school art programs, toddler programs, children’s workshops, and adult/teen classes. Interns will be responsible for creating and implementing a weekly lesson plan for our upcoming Children’s Studio “Lucy’s Room”. Aside from studio school programs, interns may assist with daily classroom responsibilities such as cleaning and organizing the studio, ordering new supplies, and creating marketing materials to promote classes.
Requirements: Applicants must have a degree in art or art education, or be enrolled full time at a college or university, working towards a degree in fine arts or art education; applicants working towards a K-12 certification are preferred. We are looking for a self-starter, who is organized, professional, and fun with high energy and enthusiasm. Applicants must be flexible as our responsibilities are on an as needed basis.
To apply, email an application, resume/biography, and a statement about how you will benefit from an internship at the Chaffee Art Center to firstname.lastname@example.org or send to PO Box 1447, Rutland, VT 05701
The Chaffee Art Center has provided Vermonters and guests to our state with opportunities to learn about and experience the visual arts for over fifty years, ensuring the distinction of being one of the oldest arts organizations in Vermont. Having an art center in our community enriches our quality of life and makes our community a more attractive place to live. The mission can be simplified into three words – Exhibition . Education . Collaboration all which offer reasons why someone should become a member and support the Chaffee Art Center:
Exhibition – We put on over twelve exhibits annually between our two locations. These exhibits highlight work by our juried artists and visiting artists. Approximately 25,000 local residents and tourists visit the Chaffee Art Center annually for exhibits, art classes and our two annual Art in the Park festivals. Many of the individuals attending events will spend time in the Rutland area, eating at local restaurants, shopping at other locations or attending other events.
Education – The Chaffee offers a wide variety of art education experiences from fun paint and sip introductory painting classes and weekly figure drawing with live nude models to full week summer classes for children six to eighteen. The Chaffee is developing an afterschool S.T.E.A.M. club hoping to pilot it on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons during the fall of 2015. The Chaffee provides viable fall, spring the summer internship opportunities for area high school and college students .
Collaboration – The Chaffee has always strived to be an active part of our Rutland community. Since opening the new Chaffee Downtown gallery in January of 2013 this goal has become stronger. We are proud to be a part of the events in downtown from farmers market to sidewalk sales, we are proud to work with the Creative Economy and Rutland Recreation Department on events like Winterfest. We are thrilled to share a list of our new external gallery locations. VELCO, Rutland Free Library, Credit Union of Vermont, The Loft, The Bakery, Roots, Southside Steakhouse, Coffee Exchange, Sal’s, Speak Easy Café Lil Harry’s and starting on September 2014 Paramount Theatre; these Rutland businesses have offered us walls for display of our juried artists work strengthening our ability to exhibit and promote sales of their work. Art is a big business in Vermont, employs a lot of Vermonters, and generates a significant amount of tax revenue (Economic Footprint of the Arts in Vermont, November 2010). The Chaffee helps artists develop their business by marketing and selling artwork of our member artists, as well as operating the Annual Art in the Park Festivals for over 53 years.
Please join us. Membership contributions provide unrestricted support for the Chaffee’s programs and operating budget. Your fully tax-deductible contribution will make it possible for the Chaffee to continue and thrive, and in turn for our community to be nurtured and enriched by all that we offer.