Allens Lane Art Center loves our volunteers!
We invite you to join our ever growing family of volunteers.
Our volunteers enable the Center to fulfill our mission to provide programs and activities that bring our diverse community together to experience and support the arts.
Emailed Volunteer Opportunities
Submit your email address to receive announcements about one-day volunteer opportunities. For long-term volunteer opportunities, please see below for contact information. We respect your privacy and do not share this list.
One-Day Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have an open evening or weekend to help pitch in? We have a number of volunteer opportunities on specific dates throughout the year. Sign-up to help with our programming when our needs and your schedule align.
HOW THIS WORKS: Submit the form above to sign-up for monthly email messages from our volunteer coordinator. These emails list specific volunteer openings and the dates they are available. Simply reply with the opening(s) you’d like to fill. Confirmation and instructions will be emailed to you including when to arrive, who to report to, what to wear, and any other important details.
The different types of one-day volunteer opportunities typically included in the emails are listed below.
Our theater program seeks volunteer ushers for our performances. Ushers arrive one hour prior to the start of the performance (Fridays and Saturdays - no later than 6:45 pm, Sundays at 12:45 pm) and stay until the show closes. Ushers see the plays for free and are invited to attend the opening night receptions for the cast/crew following the first performance. Upon arrival, ushers report to the Box Office Manager. Dress: business casual.
Greeters and Bartenders
Our gallery program hosts cocktail receptions for each of our exhibitions. Artist receptions are Saturdays, 7 – 9 pm. Volunteers arrive at 6:30 pm and stay until the event is over. Each reception requires several people to welcome our guests and sign them in as well as people to help with the food and drinks in our back-room lounge. Training is provided. Dress: Business casual.
The Center organizes clean-up days throughout the year. Clean-up day volunteers help keep our little Art Center functional and beautiful. Upon arrival, choose from the provided list of items that need to be tackled. Typical tasks include painting, cleaning, repairing and more. We also supplement the maintenance efforts in the park where we are located. Clean-up days may include opportunities for trash removal, tree and brush trimming, raking and sweeping, and a host of other jobs to keep our grounds looking their best.
Throughout the year, the Center hosts a number of special events to inform new friends about our offerings and to raise funds to support our programs. These events provide a number of volunteer opportunities such as greeters, ushers, artist assistants, bartenders, food station assistants, set-up and break-down crews and more.
Long-term volunteer opportunities
Do you wish to make a big impact with your time and energy? Does the idea of joining a team of people with a common purpose sound good to you? We are interested in recruiting people like you to become engaged with the Center and apply your skills and talents to help move our organization forward. We have a number of committees and positions where you can serve on a regular and recurring basis to see a project through from start to finish. Below is a list of these opportunities. To learn more or get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-248-0546.
Theater Technical Support and Stage Crew
Allens Lane Theater is looking for people to join our Technical Team. All levels of experience welcome! Training is available to those who want to get involved in stage management, stage crew, costumes, props, lighting or sound design. If you have sewing, painting, drawing, electrical, or computer programming skills, we most certainly want to hear from you. Hours typically include some weekday evenings and some weekends. Schedules for the Tech Team get busiest in the two weeks prior to opening a new show. We are excited to meet with you to discuss how you can add to our growing Technical Team at the Allens Lane Theater.
Theater Set Builders
Can you swing a hammer? Can you put up walls and paint? Allens Lane Theater would like your help to construct new theater sets for our upcoming seasons. We are looking for people who can work with our main set builder, our directors and our set designers to construct walls, doors, windows and stairs and then to paint and finish them to help support our theater productions. There is some flexibility on the times for construction, but there are hard deadlines for completion. We would love to meet you at the Center to talk about how you might be able to help us.
The Lieberman Gallery, our satellite gallery located at Settlement Music School’s Germantown branch, 6128 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA, is dedicated to showing artwork from young and emerging local artists. The Lieberman Gallery hosts up to 7 exhibitions per year, from September to June, each artist featured for 4 to 6 weeks. The gallery director, Diane Connelly, is currently seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of recurring tasks including exhibition installation (2D only), packing and unpacking of artwork, administration of printed materials for each exhibition, social media archiving and marketing, and assistance during the gallery receptions (which occur during the school's recital schedule). The ideal candidates will have a passion for the arts, flexible schedule, and an interest in helping support local artists.
Our Events Committee is tasked with the challenge of organizing, planning and running special events, both on site and off, for the sole purpose of bringing in new funds and new friends to Allens Lane Art Center. We not only need creative types who like to plan parties, but those who are willing to help from soup-to-nuts to make sure the events are a success. This committee is chaired by a member of our Board of Directors and meets on a monthly basis (depending on scheduling demands).
Our Building/Grounds Committee is tasked with a laundry list of things to do to the building and grounds that need constant care and upgrading. This committee will help organize the volunteer clean-up days at the Center as well as make recommendations and solutions for repairs, upgrades and replacements of the Center’s amenities. This committee is chaired by a member of our Board of Directors and meets on a monthly basis (depending on scheduling demands).
Become a Board Member
Our ultimate volunteer position is for those who are able to give all they can to help make our community arts organization the best it can be. The process to join our board is simple and transparent. Use our online board application form to put your name forward for board member consideration. We will then contact you to set up a couple of meetings to learn more about you, your interests and what you can bring to the Center to support us and our mission.