Volunteers and Docents

Thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers for everything you do — we couldn't do it without you!

Museum volunteers and docents play an integral role in the success of programs, exhibitions and special events. The Appleton provides the opportunity for individuals to assist museum members and guests, while meeting others with similar interests.

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers give their time and talent to the Appleton for many reasons. Perhaps the foremost reason is their love of art and a desire to share that love with others in the community. The support that volunteers provide to the professional staff is an important and valuable contribution to the ongoing work of the museum. We want our volunteers to not only enjoy their work at the Appleton, but to be proud of their affiliation with the museum and to feel they are part of the Appleton museum family.

Volunteer Benefits

  • A beautiful environment
  • Intellectual stimulation
  • Opportunities to meet people
  • A personalized nametag
  • Special recognition for service to the museum
  • Invitation to annual volunteer party
  • Trips to other museums at special rates
  • Interesting seminars and workshops


  • Commit to a minimum of 30 hours of service per year
  • Attend all training sessions
  • Fulfill a 30-day probationary period
  • Comply with all museum and college policies and procedures
  • Must be 18 years or older and complete a Level II background check

For an application to become a part of our volunteer team, please click here. Instructions for submitting your application can be found on the document. For questions, contact Griselle Gonzalez-Vazquez.

Become a docent

2018-2019 docent training begins soon! Docents fulfill an important volunteer position at the museum, leading groups on tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Join this 16-week training session to learn more about our permanent collections and how to speak to adults and children about art. You do not need an art background to be a docent and there is no fee to participate. Upon conclusion of training, docents attend monthly meetings. During the meetings, upcoming tour dates are discussed and assigned and docents are brought up-to-date on education programming and events. A volunteer application must be submitted to attend the classes.

For more information, contact Griselle Gonzalez-Vazquez. Classes meet on Mondays, 1-3 p.m. on the following dates: Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, March 4, March 11, April 8, April 15, May 6 and May 13.