Whether you call yourself an artist or just someone who loves the arts, there are ample opportunities to engage in the fine arts. Here are five of the best places to get your hands dirty or stay neat and clean while getting a good dose of the arts scene in Seattle.
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3168

Lovers of the fine arts will be thrilled to know of the many volunteer opportunities available at the Seattle Art Museum. Positions include ambassadors and park stewards for the Olympic Sculpture Park. Volunteers are needed for helping children in the hands-on art studio; leading tours; helping with various special events; serving the information desk or the libraries; and serving as a “SAMbassador,” promoting the museum. Volunteers must be willing to make a six-month commitment, serving weekly or every other week.

Gage Academy of Art
1501 10th Ave. E., Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 323-4243

For over 20 years, the Gage Academy of Art has run on the notion that artists are made, not born. Volunteers experience the joy of helping visual artists of all ages and skill levels realize their place in the world as a true artist. The program offers classes for drawing, painting and sculpting. It also offers events, lectures, youth programs and exhibitions all year long.


“Quiet” is a truly unique arts community in that it is run solely by volunteers, reaching out into all forms of art and truly believing that artists can change the world. Lead by Matt Hornbeck, Quiet is constantly seeking musicians, performing artists, actors, painters, jugglers and anyone else who wants to hang out with the volunteers here. Each year, Quiet produces theatre productions, literary arts journals, artist showcases and workshops. Hornbeck believes in building community, engaging in social change and personal transformation through the arts.

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Full Life Care
4712 35th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 528-5315

Artists or lovers of art are always welcome to volunteer for a number of arts and crafts initiatives at Full Life Care, the largest Adult Day Health organization in the Northwest. Creative individuals with an interest in helping adults with disabilities or mental health issues will enjoy this opportunity. Volunteers at Full Life are asked to commit a minimum of three months of service, visiting the patients at least twice a month.

Plymouth Housing Group
2113 3rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 374-9409

Musicians will find a rewarding experience working with residents of the Plymouth Housing Group as many of the former homeless residents are musicians themselves and are just looking for some people to “jam” with. A space just for musicians is provided at the St. Charles Apartments and the organization is looking for someone to join in and help the group thrive. Musical volunteers are needed to help teach or improve residents’ skills, help facilitate jam sessions and donate or locate instruments and equipment.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.