Volunteers, Artists, Interns, and anyone interested in working with Mesa Arts Center are essential to the longevity and success of our programs and we sincerely appreciate your interest!


Please select your interest from the below categories:



Join the Volunteer Team today! Click here to fill out the volunteer application. For questions, contact the Volunteer Program Manager at 480-644-4695 or volunteers@mesaartscenter.com.


"At MAC I have met some of the nicest and most interesting volunteers, employees, instructors, and patrons. It is wonderful to share our lives, interests, and commonalities. I have learned lots of new things from our interactions.” - Louise Mueller


The mission of the volunteer office is to recognize and utilize the talents of community members to assist in expanding services to the public while economizing staff time. Whether you have an artistic talent that you would like to share or would just like to get involved, volunteering at Mesa Arts Center is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community while enjoying and supporting the arts.


“Working at the Mesa Arts Center and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum have been the high light of my life. I have met wonderful people and fellow volunteers. Each person I have met, have a story and have experienced a life full of challenges and adventures.” - Donna Bruner


Benefits for Active Volunteers

  • Gain valuable experience in the arts field
  • Give back to your community while supporting the arts
  • Make wonderful new friendships
  • Earn points while you volunteer to redeem for Mesa Arts Center select theater tickets, membership opportunities and more!


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Special Events Aide
  • Theater Usher
  • Docent
  • Museum Admissions Attendant
  • Instructor's Aide
  • Store Assistant
  • Administrative Aide


  • The next new volunteer orientation will be held on July 25, 10:00 - 11:00 AM. You will receive an email inviting you to the orientation once you have completed the volunteer application and background check.

  • Once you complete the new volunteer orientation, you will be eligible to attend the new usher orientation. The next new usher orientation will be in August.


One-time Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the Día de los Muertos Festival Oct 19 & 20!


Volunteer tasks include assisting with set-up and clean-up, greeting and directing the public, line monitoring, assisting with volunteer hospitality, providing crowd control, answering questions and assisting with artist interactives.


Shifts are available between 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Click here to join the fun!


For Current Volunteers

Click HERE to log-in to the Volunteer Website


Click HERE to download the schedule for the 2nd half of the 2023-24 Season


Become a Mesa Arts Center advocate at work! Click to learn more.


Every May, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum produces a Season Prospectus, which provides the submission guidelines for the museum's exhibiting opportunities for the year. For any questions, please contact mesacontemporaryarts@MesaAZ.gov.


Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is currently not accepting any unsolicited proposals. Artists who DO NOT follow the guidelines outlined in the Prospectus and were not contacted directly by Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum staff about participating in an exhibition are considered unsolicited artists. Artists who apply for an opportunity and follow the guidelines outlined in the Prospectus are NOT considered unsolicited. Unsolicited materials will be returned without comment. 


Apply Now!




The Annual Contemporary Crafts highlights the finest in contemporary crafts from around the country, our annual crafts exhibition has become a benchmark of innovation and quality produced within traditional craft forms such as ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts.

Submission Deadline: Fri, Oct 18, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $25


Now accepting proposals for this community gallery, which showcases the work of Arizona artists or artists with a significant presence in the state.
Submission Deadline: Fri, Dec 6, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Click here to download a plan of the North Gallery
Entry Fee: $25



Now accepting proposals from artists whose work includes the use of this space for site-specific installations and/or new media.

Submission Deadline: Fri, Dec 6, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Click here to download a plan of the Project Room

Entry Fee: $25



Request for Proposals: Art/Design Services

Mesa Arts Center is looking to commission a printmaker or graphic artist to create four (4) stamp designs for the Día de los Muertos Festival in October 2024. These stamps will be used for a hands-on printmaking activity for youth and families. The selected artist will also be invited to help lead the printmaking activity as a paid festival participant.


Submission Deadline - Sat, June 1, 2024.


View Application Requirements


We provide ways for community members to artistically participate in arts activities during festivals and other community events. We are always looking for volunteers to assist in these events. 

To learn how to apply to the Volunteer Program, please click here. 



Engagement Office Internships 

Interns work directly with artists and staff of the Engagement Office department to create and implement site-specific community arts programming.



Bartender/Concessions Worker - Hourly Pay: $20


Essential Functions:

  • Sell concessions, including soft drinks, alcohol and various food items
  • Serve customers in an efficient and friendly manner
  • Interact with customers and resolve customer complaints and relay relevant information to the supervisor
  • Perform sales transactions in a timely fashion
  • Enter sales into the register to ensure accurate sales records
  • Run cash register
  • Responsible for all assigned change funds and cash receipts
  • Ensure cash drawer is in compliance with standards
  • Perform other duties such as replenishing condiments and supplies in addition to cleaning concession area
  • Comply with all sanitation and safety requirements
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Skills, Education and Experience:

  • Basic working knowledge of food and beverage
  • Basic math skills to accurately count and handle money
  • Ability to follow instructions and perform work effectively
  • Positive attitude and neat appearance
  • Must have food handler's card valid in the State of Arizona
  • Must have license to serve alcohol
  • Must be TIPS certified


Substance Abuse Testing - Not required for the City, however, the Temporary Agency may require substance abuse testing as a condition of their employment.


Fingerprinting - Due to the safety sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to a fingerprint based criminal background check through Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Federal Bureau of Information (FBI).


To apply, please contact Marathon Staffing at 480.867.6810

MCA Docents

A Docent is a teacher who serves Mesa Contemporary Arts and the community in the field of art education. Docents are considered key volunteers and extensions of the Mesa Contemporary Arts staff. They provide public and private tours and provide auxiliary security in exhibition areas during special events and opening receptions. Docents attend bi-monthly meetings, which include lectures and workshops on current exhibitions as well as art related field trips. 

To learn how to apply to the Volunteer Program, please click here.


Museum Admissions Attendants

Museum Admissions Attendants are primarily responsible for ensuring a welcoming and positive experience for all visitors to Mesa Contemporary Arts. These volunteers manage the Admissions Desk, handle Point of Sale transactions for museum admissions, greet visitors upon arrival and on the phone, answering general questions and providing friendly customer service to all patrons. For more information, click here to view a complete job description.

To learn how to apply to the Volunteer Program, please click here.


MCA Interns

Internships are a way students can gain professional experience and provide a service in their community. At Mesa Contemporary Arts, interns are an integral part of the staff and assist with all aspects of the museum, including curatorial, objects management, exhibition installation and art education. Interns become familiar with proper museum procedures and expand their knowledge of the profession.

To learn how to apply to the Internship Program, please click here.

Call To Artists

Artists applications are accepted throught the year. 

Please download artist application here.

Part Time Drawing/Painting Opening

The Art studios team is currently seeking a contract/temp drawing/painting instructor to provide beginning level classes in one of the following: watercolor, acrylic, oils, drawing, or colored pencil. Applicants can submit an online application here: https://mesa-assist.mesaaz.gov/230996068188067. Contract/temp instructors are hired as either temporary worker through an outside temp agency, or can work via a contract stipend. Instructors should understand that the Mesa Arts Center is dedicated to providing professional, engaging, and exciting opportunities for students of all ages and skill levels! We are dedicated to maintaining a high level of customer service and embody the “Mesa way.”


Applicants should have 3-4 years teaching experience in an academic or professional setting. Classes are once a week, 3 hours long and compensation for all instructors is $24.15/hr plus ½ hour prep per week. Questions can be sent to ArtStudioClass@mesaartscenter.com. We are seeking to hire teaching artists for programming in August 2024 through December 2024.




Mesa Arts Center Creative Economy Fund


Application Deadline: May 3


As part of a larger initiative to continue activating Downtown Mesa, increase the growing number and variety of offerings at Mesa Arts Center (MAC), and continue building an environment of creativity and discovery downtown, the CREATIVE ECONOMY FUND in-kind grant program is being continued for a 14th year.


The intent of this program is to:

  1. reduce cost pressures for professional and semi-professional organizations who use or wish to
    use MAC venues;
  2. help bring new cultural offerings to the Mesa and East Valley communities; and
  3. encourage new organizations to present or produce an event at MAC in order to form new
    partnerships and relationships across cultural organizations in the region.


24-25 Creative Economy Fund Application


Are you interested in having your educational or arts organization perform on one of the beautiful world-class stages at the Mesa Arts Center? Would you enjoy a day or night in the spotlight? If so, then consider applying for a Mesa Arts Center Foundation (MACF) grant awarded via the popular Arts at the Center Program.


Up to six Arts at the Center grant recipients are chosen each year to present a theater, dance, music or other types of creative performance on one of MAC’s stages. Theater seating can accommodate from 100 to 1,500 attendees, depending upon your needs. 


And the best part? An Arts at the Center grant allows presenters to (1) have the facilities rental fee waived and (2) receive up to $1,000 in financial support to offset some of the related production costs.

Arts at the Center grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 
There are still openings available and application for performance opportunities is strongly encouraged. 



  • The current application is for projects between July 1, 2023 – Jun 30, 2024.
  • DEADLINE for Letters of Interest (LOI’s) by SEPTEMBER 1.
  • Selected applicants will be NOTIFIED BY SEPTEMBER 22 and sent a short application, which must be returned by OCTOBER 20.


 PLEASE NOTE both the Letter of Interest and Finalist applications are very short and easy to complete. The two part process is designed to make applying quick and painless.


For more information and to download an application, click here.