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 volunteers@columbiamuseum.org.


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 volunteers@columbiamuseum.org 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 adults 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? 
Submission for applications to the docent program is currently closed. Check back here for announcements about upcoming training sessions in the future.


"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

CMA Docent Corps Members

Gail Bienstock
Nan Briggs
Nancy Brock
Sally Buckler
Brittany Buguey
Melissa Bush
Jean Cook
JoAnne Day
Caroline Eastman
Kellah Edens-Hult
Harriette Edmonds
Nancy Epting
Ted Fetner
Alexandra Fleury
Anna Griswold
Becky Groth
Kate Heald
Wayne Herman
Ann Holtschlag
Mary Lou Huffman 
Judy Ison
Emily Israel
Trish James
Cindy Jurgensen
Andrea Kaniarz
Joyce Leet
Elizabeth Levy
JoAnn Lockwood
Sara McGregor
Patricia Mohr
Judith Monteith
Elizabeth Nock
Kathy Paget
Alexandra Patterson
Jean Prothro
Maureen Randall
Linda Reardon
Diana  Robinson
Jane Schwantes
Nancie Shillington-Pérez
Jane Todd
Nancy  Tolson
John Tomashek
Dennis Turner
Ivette Villarreal
Cameron Vogt
Bauer Westeren
Karen Williams