Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers for making 2013-2014 a successful year - we could not have done it without you!

The museum is in need of Art Education Assistants who will assist in art education programs by performing prep work, research, or acting as an activity supervisor/guide; this position includes some weekends. Contact Lara Sundberg at sundberl@cf.edu to receive an application or visit the museum during regular hours to fill out an application in person.

For a special volunteer opportunity working with world-renowned artist Patrick Daugherty, please click here.

Be A Part Of Our Team

Volunteers give their time and talent to the Appleton Museum for many reasons, but perhaps the foremost reason is a love of art and a desire to share that love with others in the community. The support that volunteers provide to the professional staff is an important and valuable contribution to the on-going work of the museum. We want our volunteers to not only enjoy their work at the Appleton, but to be proud of their affiliation with the museum and to feel that they are part of the Appleton Museum family.


  • A beautiful environment
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Opportunities to meet people
  • A personalized nametag
  • Special recognition for service to the museum
  • An annual volunteer party
  • Trips to other museums at special rates
  • Interesting seminars and workshops
  • Use of the museum library reading room


  • Commit to at least 50 hours of service per year
  • Plan a day or partial day for their services once a week
  • Attend all training sessions
  • Fulfill a 30-day probationary period
  • Comply with all museum policies and procedures

To become a valued volunteer at the Appleton, please click here or contact Lara Sundberg, volunteer coordinator, at 352-291-4455, ext. 1836 or sundberl@cf.edu.

Become a docent

The word docent is derived from the Latin word docere, meaning “to teach”. Docents fulfill an important volunteer position at the museum, leading groups of patrons on tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. You do not need an art background to be a docent. Class content consists of learning about the Appleton’s collection, relevant art history, touring techniques and tips. Upon conclusion of training, docents attend monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. During the meetings, tours are assigned, information is disseminated and docents are brought up-to-date on education programming and events. A volunteer application must be completed and submitted to attend the classes.

New docent classes will run October through March 2016 with time off for the holidays. Class is held once a week on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm. For more information, contact Mary Moore at 352-291-4455, ext. 1613 or moorem@cf.edu.