Asia Society Texas Center seeks enthusiastic volunteers to assist with tours, programs, and general office support. Please see below for descriptions of current volunteer opportunities.
Art Gallery and Architecture Tour Docents
Art Gallery Docents guide gallery visitors through current art exhibitions while sharing their knowledge and providing patrons with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Asian art and culture. We request that all applicants for the Art Gallery Docent assignment have previous experience as a docent, as well as a general knowledge of Asia and/or Asian art.
Architecture Tour Docents lead private, public, and school group tours through the Center’s building, designed by the distinguished Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. These volunteers will share information about the building’s design features, materials, and the many programs offered within.
Prospective Art Gallery Docents and Architecture Tour Docents do not have to be experts on Asian art or architecture but must enjoy learning and sharing knowledge with people and be comfortable speaking in public to diverse audiences. This is a wonderful opportunity to expand your horizons, learn more about the world, and gain new skills. Docents are required to attend all training sessions and be available for a minimum of four tours per month.
Summer Camp Volunteers
Summer camp volunteers will assist with visual art projects and workshops related to culture and performing arts and aid Asia Society staff to maintain an enriching and efficient summer camp experience.The summer camp volunteer application can be downloaded here.
Family Days Volunteers
Family Days Volunteers assist with all aspects of fun and educational monthly programs. Duties may include preparation and set-up, greeting participants and patrons, escorting performance groups, providing directions, assisting children with art projects, reading stories, and face painting.
Information Desk Volunteers
The Information Desk is where the Center establishes a welcoming and comfortable environment for visitors. Information Desk Volunteers not only greet visitors and handle ticket sales but also provide information and answer questions about the organization and its exhibitions, activities, facilities, services, and membership benefits. The Information Desk is open Tuesday – Friday, 11 am - 6 pm and Saturday – Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm.
Business & Cultural Programs Volunteers
Asia Society Texas Center offers a wide variety of business and cultural programs to promote mutual understanding, strengthen relationships, and increase knowledge. Through a dynamic and diverse calendar of lectures, performances, exhibitions, and film screenings, Asia Society Texas Center fosters Houston’s stature as a pan-Asian city.
Business & Cultural Program Volunteers participate alongside our staff to welcome and register guests, provide table assignments, and distribute program materials.
Community Outreach Volunteers
Community Outreach Volunteers include both our Booth Representatives and our Crafts and Children’s Activities Volunteers. These positions are event driven and will be filled on an as-needed basis as events arise.
Booth Representative Volunteers participate in outreach events scheduled throughout the year, disseminating information about Asia Society and its mission, goals, and programs.
Crafts and Children’s Activities Volunteers host a variety of crafts and children’s activities that either directly relate to the Asian art on exhibition or are connected with the many cultural events that we offer.
This group of volunteers provides Asia Society Texas Center staff with administrative assistance in various areas of operations, including fundraising, special programs, event planning, donor relations, membership cultivation, and foundation relations.
This administration support may involve clerical activities, organizing mail-outs, preparing membership packets, answering phones, coordinating event RSVPs, and data entry.
Special Event Volunteers
Special Event Volunteers provide staff support for special events and may be involved with guest registration, greeting and ushering guests, or participating in fundraising activities. This position is event driven, lasting only until the event is completed.
Performing Arts Theater Volunteers
Performing Arts Theater Volunteers create an inviting environment for the enjoyment of events Asia Society Texas Center offers in our 273-seat Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater.
These volunteers will greet and usher patrons to their seats, distribute programs, and provide details about the Brown Foundation Theater, the performances and Asia Society Texas Center.
If you would like to join our volunteer team, download and complete the application and check the volunteer assignment(s) you are interested in. Applications will be kept on file for one year and will be judged based on applicant qualifications and availability. Applicants not hearing from us within two months may consider their application unsuccessful. All personal data collected through this application will be used for Asia Society Texas Center Volunteer Program purposes only.
Applications should be submitted to:
Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004
For more information please contact Jahan Jafarpour, Patron Services & Volunteer Coordinator, [email protected] or 713.496.9901.