Interact Center for the Arts

Agency Description: 

At the Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, our mission is to create art that challenges perceptions of disability. 80 adult artists with a range of disability labels work in our studio and rehearsal room developing original work in a radically inclusive, creative environment. Our artists are supported by a team of staff instructors and collaborate with guests artists. Instructors and guest artists are active in the arts community in a variety of disciplines, mediums, and performance forms.

This is the ideal learning opportunity for fine arts, theater, music, dance, and art education majors. Visual artists, musicians, songwriters, performers, and dedicated art lovers also add a lot to our program. Those interested in disability issues and alternative programs for people with disabilities are also a great fit. 

Rehearsal Assistant: In the performing arts program, our artists participate in improvisation exercises and workshops to develop new pieces of theater.  Singing, dancing, physical work and dramaturgy (writing and research) are a regular part of the rehearsal day.  Volunteers participate in these activities, coach artists as peers, lead games and add to the fun and playful vibe that guides our performing work.  They offer light care assistance and serve the maintenance of the rehearsal studio.  They also contribute to research related to upcoming projects and lead small groups creating scenes, characters, and songs.

Studio Assistant:  As a volunteer in the visual arts department, you would be an extra pair of hands in the studio, whether it be working one on one with one of the artists on a specific project, assisting staff members with gallery preparation and special events. This position will provide practical assistance as requested for instructors and artists.  There are also possibilities to help out in the gallery, particularly when we are installing a show. 

How to Apply:

Email Deb Holtz, Artist Support and Department Manager, at P: (651) 209-3575 Extension 117. Please include "Volunteer" in the email subject.