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:
"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
The Mesa Arts Center Volunteer program is managed by Michelle Prosser. Michelle can be reached at 480-644-4695, or email@example.com.
Benefits for Active Volunteers
Ready to get started? Click here to fill out the volunteer application form or download the form here. Questions? Contact Michelle Prosser, Volunteer Program Manager. Michelle can be reached at 480-644-4695, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Current Volunteers
Click HERE to download the schedule for the 2nd half of the 2021-22 Season
Every May, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum produces a Season Prospectus, which provides the submission guidelines for the museum's exhibiting opportunities for the year. To be added to the museum's mailing list and have a copy of the Prospectus sent to you, 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.
43rd ANNUAL CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS
A national juried exhibition of all craft media.
Exhibition Dates: Feb 11 - Apr 24, 2022
Juror: Beth C. McLaughlin, Artistic Director and Chief Curator of Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts.
Submission Deadline: Fri, Oct 22, 2021
Entry Fee: $25
$2,000 in juror awards
Now accepting proposals from artists in all mediums, whose art embraces an abstract aesthetic for a group exhibition.
Submission Deadline: Fri, Jul 15, 2022
Entry Fee: $25
See the 2021-22 Season Prospectus for details
NORTH GALLERY PROPOSALS
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 10, 2021
Click here to download a plan of the North Gallery
Entry Fee: $25
See the 2021-22 Season Prospectus for details
Mesa Arts Center Studios Department is seeking creative and experienced teaching artist for youth ballet and movement classes! Seeking an instructor to provide Saturday morning ballet classes for youth ages 6+. Classes are 1 hour in length and will be separated by age and ability. Teaching artists are responsible for submitting proposals for the curriculum.
Applicants must have a minimum of 3-4 years of experience teaching at a community center, public school, arts organization, or academic setting. To apply, please submit a resume and 3 references (professional) to email@example.com. Applicant’s resume must clearly demonstrate the required amount of teaching experience in order to be considered for this role.
All applicants who move forward in hiring will be required to undergo a background check and drug test to qualify for employment.
Mesa Arts Center Studios department hires teaching artists on either a contractual basis or through an outside temp agency. This role should be considered seasonal/part-time/temporary and is not benefited. Pay range is $20-$23 an hour plus an additional 15-30 minutes of paid prep time per class. Instructors should be able to offer a minimum of two courses during the week.
Seeking experienced enamelist to instruct students in fundamentals and advanced techniques in enamel, including metal preparation, sifting, wet packing, stenciling, sgraffito, torch firing, kiln and torch operations and safety, cloisonné, and champlevé.
Seeking experienced jewelry casting instructor to educate students in fundamentals and advanced techniques of jewelery casting, including wax carving and preparation, mold making, injection molding, spruing, investing, kiln and torch operation and safety, centrifugal casting, casting stones in place, tufa and cuttlefish casting, sand casting, cleaning, and finishing. All castings will be done in bronze, copper, shibuichi, sterling silver, fine silver, argentium, gold, and other specialty non-ferrous metal alloys.
Mesa Arts Center is seeking an additional instructor to teach beginning welding to adult students. This position requires knowledge of and ability to teach welding techniques in Oxy/ Acetylene MIG and handheld Plasma cutting as well as metal shop tool including and not limited to slip roller, foot stomp sheer, various table mounted sheers, metal brake, metal chop saws, angle grinders and emphases tool and shop safety. All classes are limited to eight students. Instructors should demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of their craft and 3-5 years minimum of teaching experience. All instructors are required to undergo a background check and drug test and are employed through an outside temp agency. Teaching rate is $20-$23/hr commensurate with experience plus paid prep time weekly.
To apply, please submit a resume and 3 professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Youth Visual Arts Aide
Mesa Arts Center is seeking a part-time aide to assist in youth classes in the visual arts department. May be given additional opportunities to work in other departments such as ceramics, printmaking, and glass. This individual should enjoy working with youth ages 6 and up, demonstrate an understanding of arts materials, and understand the unique needs of working with children (demonstrating patience, kindness, etc.). This person is responsible for helping the teaching artist set up and tear down for class, assisting students one on one, and complementing the overall classroom environment. Needs to have 1-2 years experience in a professional/customer service/educational background and some background working with youth. Pay rate is $18-$20 commensurate with experience and must pass a fingerprint clearance and drug test.
To apply, please submit a resume and 3 professional references to email@example.com . No phone calls please. Applicants must be ages 18 and older to apply.
Mesa Arts Center seeking writing instructors to lead adult courses this summer! Instructors should demonstrated 3-5 years teaching experience and leading conversations and creative critiques for students of nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. Each class should be 2-3 hours and focus on either a series of projects for beginner students or a project that spans the total 8 weeks of the class. The classroom environment should be curated by the instructor to be fun, creative, welcoming, and a safe space for the sharing of ideas. The instructor is also responsible for managing dialogue between students and sensitive subject matter.
To apply, applicants should submit a resume, 3 professional references, and 2-3 work samples. Pay rate is $20-$23/hr plus 15 minutes of paid prep time per week. Instructors are hired as independent contractors and will receive a 1099 from the City of Mesa the following tax year. Applicants must pass a federal background check.
Please submit all questions and/or applications to Laura Wilde, Studios Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Engagement Office Internships
Interns work directly with artists and staff of the Engagement Office department to create and implement site-specific community arts programming.
Internships are a way students can gain professional experience and provide a service in their community. At Mesa Arts Center, interns who work in the marketing department gain experience in marketing, public relations, publicity, social networking, content creation, arts administration and event promotion. Interns become familiar with all of the internal departments of Mesa Arts Center, including Art Studios, Engagement, Festivals and Volunteers, Development/Membership, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum and Performing Live.
Internships are a way students can gain professional experience and provide a service in their community. At Mesa Arts Center, interns who work in the development department gain experience in donor-ship, non-profit development, fundraising, social networking, content creation, arts administration and event promotion. Interns become familiar with all of the internal departments of Mesa Arts Center, including Art Studios, Engagement, Festivals and Volunteers, Development/Membership, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum and Performing Live.
To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com. Applications are welcome at any time. For more information, click here.
Required Skills, Education and Experience:
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
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.
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.
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.
As part of a larger initiative to further activate the urban center of Mesa, to increase the growing number and variety of offerings at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC) in downtown Mesa, and to continue to build an environment of creativity and discovery in the downtown district, the CREATIVE ECONOMY FUND in-kind grant program is being continued for a tenth year. The intent of this program is: 1) to provide support to professional and semi-professional organizations who use or wish to use the MAC venues; 2) to bring new cultural offerings to the Mesa and East Valley communities; and 3) to encourage new organizations to experience presenting or producing an event at the MAC, in order to form new partnerships and relationships among and across cultural organizations in the region.
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.
For more information and to download an application, click here.