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Volunteer at the i.d.e.a. Museum!

Want to make a difference in the community by helping to develop and expand a child’s knowledge and appreciation of art? The i.d.e.a. Museum is looking for volunteer support for its ongoing programs and special events.

  • Volunteer Benefits

    • A firsthand look at our exhibitions before they open
    • i.d.e.a. Shop discounts
    • Invitations to annual recognition events
    • New friends
    • Professional experience and references
  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Gallery Attendant - Perform a variety of activities that facilitate children's art workshops, classes, and special events. Gallery Attendants also interact with families and school groups and encourage museum visitors to explore.


    Tour Guide - Lead fun and educational guided tours for school groups. In depth training of the exhibition topics and tour techniques will be provided.


    Administration Volunteer - Provide clerical support to the i.d.e.a. administrative staff.


    Exhibition Design Volunteer - Work in a fabrication setting with exhibition staff in the preparation and disassembling of exhibitions. Prior experience is required.


    Marketing and PR Volunteer - Work with our marketing director on social media and other advertising campaigns.


    Special Events Volunteer - Assist i.d.e.a. staff with special events throughout the year, including events at the museum and off-site outreach events.

  • Internship Opportunities

    Internships are available to current students and recent graduates. Internship areas include early childhood education, exhibit design, evaluation, and marketing/PR.


    To inquire about current openings, contact Ana Bentancur by phone at 480.644.4783 or email at

  • How To Become A Volunteer

    Attending a volunteer orientation is the first step toward becoming an i.d.e.a. volunteer. Come take a tour of the exhibits, learn about volunteer opportunities, pick up a volunteer packet and schedule your first day as a volunteer!


    Join us on a Saturday for volunteer orientation! All sessions are 10 - 11 AM at the i.d.e.a. Museum.


    • April 7
    • April 21
    • May 5
    • May 19


    Create a volunteer profile here: Volunteer Application


    To RSVP for an orientation, or if you have additional questions, contact Ana Bentancur by phone at 480.644.4783 or email at


    Let's make a difference!


    i.d.e.a. volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Volunteers 18 and over must pass a background check prior to starting.


Michael has been volunteering as a storyteller for over a year, and says he loves sharing stories with the enthusiastic preschoolers and their families here at the i.d.e.a. Museum.


Michael holds a Ph.D. in children’s literature from ASU and in recent years has been a children’s book reviewer for several magazines and scholarly publications. You can catch Michael telling stories several days a week in ArtVille, as part of the museum’s daily Artful Tales program.

Fred has been volunteering at the museum for eight years, and as a retired engineer, he says he was looking for something fun and meaningful to do with his time.


“I love telling stories, so I mostly do the museum tours for the younger kids. I go home feeling really good because I know I did something worthwhile that influences the future of children. The museum is a terrific place to be.”



Erica has been connected to the i.d.e.a. Museum for five years. As the Events Manager for Downtown Mesa Association, she regularly partners with the museum to bring events to downtown Mesa, encouraging families to explore activities in the community.


Erica is currently a volunteer museum board member and feels her contributions are really about bringing people together.


“I’m a connector of people. Being able to help with membership and getting more people here to the i.d.e.a. Museum excites me!”

Nipuni Siyambalapitiya is a new volunteer here at the museum. A product designer by profession, Nipuni is also a classically trained singer and music teacher and is especially excited about working with museum educators to create new music activities.


"I enjoy volunteering here at the i.d.e.a. Museum because it has all the ingredients I like – community base support and working with children to enhance their creativity.”



A retired police officer, Joe Corsaro has been volunteering here at the museum for five years. In addition to serving as a regular volunteer, Joe is also a current member of the museum’s daVinci Society. He says giving back to the City of Mesa is important to him.


“I chose the i.d.e.a. Museum because my wife and I used to bring our grandchildren here. It makes me feel like a child again. I enjoy seeing the children playing and interacting with their families. Time spent with your children is the best time you’ll ever spend in your whole life."

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