Bear Gallery Volunteers Wanted!

Fairbanks Arts Association (FAA) has been providing the Alaskan Interior with quality arts programming since 1966 and we can’t do it without you!

Volunteering at the Fairbanks Arts Association (FAA) is a wonderful way to connect with the artistic community in the Interior and learn more about opportunities for artists and audiences in every discipline. Minimum age requirement for volunteering is 18 years of age, unless parental supervision is in attendance. Here are some of the many ways you can help:

In the BEAR GALLERY, a public place for the exhibition of fine art:

Gallery Docent:

The Bear Gallery in the third floor of the Pioneer Park Centennial Center for the Arts features a new exhibition of original Alaskan art each month. FAA is able to maintain a free admission gallery because of the invaluable assistance of our volunteer docents. Docent responsibilities include making sales of gift shop and exhibit items, maintaining a tidy and respectful environment for the artwork and being a congenial presence in the Bear Gallery. Being a docent gives you a chance to become familiar with Alaskan artwork and artists, learn how an art gallery is run, and provides time to practice your own art, read, or study in a lovely atmosphere! Docents typically volunteer for one shift per week, although different arrangements can be made based on availability. Summer shifts (June, July, and August) are Noon-4 pm and 4-8 pm daily. Winter shifts are Noon-3 pm and 3-6 pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Gallery Hanging/Lighting:

Art exhibits are open to the public from the First Friday  of each month until the last Saturday. In just a few days, it takes many hours of preparation in order for one exhibit to transition seamlessly into the next and provide the public access to beautiful Alaskan contemporary art. Volunteers make this happen by assisting with taking down exhibits, hanging new shows, painting pedestals, cutting and hanging labels, and lighting the gallery. Minimum age requirement for Docents is 18 years of age.

First Friday Reception Help:

Since the 1960’s, it has been FAA’s tradition to celebrate new art exhibits in the Bear Gallery during a reception on the first Friday of every month. There are several tasks that must be done that day to make sure the exhibit is ready and the gallery is set up for the opening reception. Having consistent volunteers for this event ensures an enjoyable evening for all.