Volunteer Experience at SOMArts


For over 40 years of existence, SOMArts continues to leverages the power of art as a tool for social change through multi-disciplinary events and exhibitions. Equipping artists with the space, mentorship and support they need to shift perspectives and innovate solutions, SOMArts fosters access to arts and culture for collective liberation and self-determination.


At the core of the organization’s impact is the dedicated service of our volunteer community. Volunteers connect with an organization that continues to be deeply rooted in the community, committed to values of arts equity, and actively engaged in the San Francisco Bay Area’s arts ecosystem.

Throughout this past year, our team of over 80+ volunteers donated 800+ hours of service towards supporting 13 multicultural programs. With the generosity of our volunteer community, SOMArts continues to cultivate a place for social transformation, human connection, and collective healing. SOMArts passionate and generous volunteers are indispensable to achieving our goals as a cultural center. Help us bring our groundbreaking program of exhibitions and events to the community. Join our group of talented volunteers and gain valuable non profit experience while getting an exclusive behind the scenes look at our innovative programs. Stay connected with us to learn about future volunteer opportunities.


  • Expand your social/ professional network with the exhibiting artists, performers, curators and staff of SOMArts.
  • Support the production of SOMArts’ multidisciplinary events and exhibitions
  • Satisfaction of knowing you play an essential role in SOMArts’ success!

Gallery Exhibition & Events:

In conjunction with SOMArts’ diverse, creative exhibitions, we host various programs including; receptions, panel discussions, community dinners, performances, and other exciting events. Our volunteers fulfill a variety of roles that support all sections of the event operations such as:

  • Visitor Experience Support
  • Box Office & Concessions
  • Gallery Attendant
  • Vendor Assistant
  • Photo & Video Documentation

Education Tours

In conjunction with our annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition, SOMArts offers docent-led tours for over 30 Bay Area schools and afterschool programs, serving 700+ students. Tour curricula centers around social justice pedagogies that connect theory to practice, and arts to activism. Our volunteers fulfill a variety of roles that supports gallery and tour operations such as:

  • Gallery Attendant
  • Education Tours & Docent

Upcoming Opportunities

Molcajete Dominguero: Latinx Market

Latinx shopping extravaganza, featuring over 40+ curated local artists and vendors within SOMArts post-industrial space. This unique event draws 500+ guest across the Bay Area and beyond, to experience a celebration of the Latinx culinary cuisines, arts, crafts, and communities. 

Sunday, March 24, 11am–4pm

Shifts Available:
  • Concessions Support (10:30am-4:30pm)
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