The museum has opportunities for volunteers to get involved in dynamic and engaging programs; facilitating art experiences, working with specific audiences, providing customer service, supporting administrative tasks, and more. For more information, call 803-799-2810.

Already know you want to apply? Fill out this form and send it to

The Cross Hatch

The Cross Hatch is a museum space where guests of all ages are encouraged to participate and interact with ideas, materials, and one another.

Enthusiastic volunteers are needed who…

  • Like to talk to new people and interact with various audiences (including a variety of age groups, ability levels)
  • Are comfortable helping adults and children use the room according to the guidelines of the space and firmly explain the guidelines when needed
  • Are willing to learn new things and try various hands-on activities
  • Enjoy having conversations about art and ideas
  • Can bend, stretch, and stand or move in 2-4 hour shifts
  • Can pass a background check 

Check out the details here. Interested? Fill out this form and send it to to apply.

Docent Corps

Docents are a vital part of the CMA, facilitating our mission of engaging with visitors and enriching their experiences. 

Docents volunteer to lead tours for adult and school-age children (pre K-12) through the galleries and studios, helping visitors learn about art and the world around them. 

Docent Corps members receive all of the benefits of membership, plus they can:

  • attend special luncheons
  • participate in trips to other cultural institutions
  • attend many educational lectures and gallery talks free of charge 

Annual dues are $25 plus the cost of membership. Only active museum members who are in docent training or have completed docent training are eligible for Docent Corps membership.

Interested in Becoming a Docent? 

We are now accepting new applications! Fill it out here.

For more information, contact Glenna at 803-343-2187 or

"Being a docent at the Columbia Museum of Art has been a double delight for me. Not only do I get to pursue an ongoing interest in art, which I never had the opportunity to study in school, but I get to do it with interesting and congenial people...many of whom have become good friends."

-Ann Holtschlag