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


One-time Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer at the Día de los Muertos Festival Oct 21 & 22!


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 1st 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. 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. 




Now accepting proposals from printmakers to produce a 50-print edition for the annual art print calendar.

Submission Deadline: Fri, Aug 4, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: Free

See the 2023-24 Season Prospectus for details 



Now accepting proposals from craft artists producing artworks within traditional craft forms such as ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts for this juried exhibition.

Submission Deadline: Fri, Oct 13, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $25

See the 2023-24 Season Prospectus for details


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 8, 2023 at 5:00 PM
Click here to download a plan of the North Gallery
Entry Fee: $25
See the 2023-24 Season Prospectus for details



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 8, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Click here to download a plan of the Project Room

Entry Fee: $25
See the 2023-24 Season Prospectus for details 



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.



Development Internships

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 developmentdirector@mesaartscenter.com. Applications are welcome at any time. For more information, click here.

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.

Mesa Arts Center Creative Economy Fund


Application Deadline: April 28


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.


*Please note that we are no longer accepting fiscal sponsors for the Creative Economy Fund Grant.


23-24 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.