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We need you! Volunteering in the shop keeps Salem Arts open every weekend.

Members are all required to sign up to 3 hours per month to show your work in the shop or exhibitions. Anyone may sign up to volunteer, No membership required, artists, supporters, or community members. Thanks for your support. 

Click the orange button below to sign up. Choose day and time you wish to volunteer. Add your name, and email to the form then submit and you are done!

(Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of you volunteer shift to set up or transfer shift duties.)

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We love our Salem Arts Galleries and Shop and hope you do too. The best way to show your love is to volunteer and help us keep the doors open. 

Please choose a shift that you know you can commit to for the entire 3 hour slot.

There are two 3-hour shifts each day.

  • Opening Shift: 12:00 to 3:00 (2 people/opening responsibilities)
  • Closing Shift: 3:00 to 6:00 (2 people/closing responsibilities)

3 Hours per month is requested for artist members to display work in the gallery. 

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of you volunteer shift to set up or transfer shift duties.
  • Dress to represent Salem Arts, casual business attire is recommended.
  • When you arrive enter via the side door on Kosciuszcko Street. Front doors should not be opened until the shop is set up and ready for visitors at noon. 
  • If you're new to volunteering we recommend signing up in the closing shift to have another volunteer to help you get familiar with being in the gallery as a volunteer. 

If you have any issues starting out with the signup, please refer to this FAQ first:

If you are still having trouble please feel free to email


Shop Lead Volunteers

Volunteering as a Shop Lead is an amazing way to help Salem Arts succeed.

If you are interested in being trained as a Shop Lead please email

Duties of a Shop Lead:
    • Sign up using Volunteer Sign-Up for Shop Lead slots at least 1-2 weeks in advance. (Shop Lead shifts replace regular volunteer duties for artists, once you do the checklist below you can stay as a volunteer or leave and be on call if the volunteers have questions, no need to do both unless you want to stay for the entire shift).
    • Arrive at least 15-minutes prior to the start of a selected shift. 
    • Unlock the building for opening shift, OR lock up at the end of the closing shift. Disarm and set security systems.
    • Train volunteers at start of selected shift.              
    • Check that the gallery is tidy, bathrooms are clean, trash is removed, vacuuming, trash bins are put out on the curb on Sunday evenings at close. 
    • Assist with shift change responsibilities mid-day.
    • Assist volunteers as needed during shifts.
    • Be "On-Call" during selected shift. You are not required to stay at the gallery during the shift if the volunteers are well trained. You will provide your phone number to be contacted if volunteers have questions or need help. 
    • Optional: Help with inventory take-in days, item labeling, inventory system management, shop merchandise curation, gallery reception help, assist Retail Manager as needed.


Become an Arts Leader at Salem Arts Association. Join the Board of Directors or Lead a Committee.

Salem Arts Association succeeds on Volunteer efforts from our members. This requires a few members to lead committees, take on board roles, and contribute to the overall strategies and success of the organization. We’re rewarded by building a community of great creative energy and talent, which comes with many friendships and the pride of making something truly special happen. 

Please consider taking on one of the following leadership roles at Salem Arts Association. 

  • Board Vice President
  • Board Member
  • Shop Manager
  • Shop Inventory Manager
  • Shop Lead
  • Membership Lead
  • Events Lead
  • Education Committee
  • Public Relations Lead
  • Development and Fundraising Committee

Read Position Descriptions

Contact with your area of interest. Current leadership will be there to train you and make sure you have the information and resources to succeed. 

Salem Arts Association
159 Derby Street 
Salem, MA 01970  
Phone: 978-745-4850 

Weekends 12-6pm

Closed: Christmas, Thanksgiving
and New Years Day 
Parking: on street when available


© 2007 - 2024,  Salem Arts Association is a 501(c)(3 )non-profit organization

159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970