Des Moines Art Center

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Mission: The Des Moines Art Center believes in the power of art to inspire personal, political, and social transformation.  We commit to exhibit and explore thought-provoking modern and contemporary art. We connect people and art by offering opportunities for feeling, imagining, dreaming, and creating. We promote curiosity and embrace critical and empathetic thinking with a spirit of openness. We strive to be a welcoming and equitable cultural resource. This effort to ensure access to art for everyone has been a core tenet of the museum since its founding. Admission is always free for all.

Location: Des Moines (50.3 miles from Grinnell College)

Needs: There are many ways to volunteer at the Des Moines Art Center throughout the year. General roles include greeting visitors, event support, and promotion.



  • One-time events: yes
  • Ongoing: yes

When is service needed:   year-round

Number of hours: Flexible hours, as much or little as is possible


  • In-person: yes
  • Hybrid in-person/virtual possible: no
  • Fully virtual possible: no


Prerequisites: Background check is required for some volunteer activities, but not all.

Background check required: Yes, for some activities, not required for others.

Equipment/logistics needed: Depends on the activity.


Training supplied: Training is supplied and depends on the volunteer activity.


How to apply: Volunteers, apply via the website by filling out the application form:   Careers and internships are posted at

Contact: Cassandra Tant, Senior Manager of Membership and Development,


Operation information: The Des Moines Art Center is a museum of Modern and Contemporary Art located in Des Moines, Iowa. The Art Center also includes a gift shop, a restaurant, and a school for studio art education. There is no cost to visit the museum; admission is always free for all. Through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, the Des Moines Art Center provides opportunities for transformational art experiences.

Address: 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

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