At the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC), we offer a variety of ways for individuals or organizations who are passionate about the arts to get involved.

Employment |Volunteer Opportunities | Emerging Teaching ArtistsVisual Artist Residency | 23rd Street Artists' Market

Staff helping kids with art project


Work for the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Museums and Cultural Programs Division. Schedule and hours vary depending on position and program. Pay rates start at $20.80 per hour.


Youth Arts Programs

Share your love of the arts with the future of Austin! Experience with youth, teaching, or arts is preferred.

Youth Arts Program Staff - Summer Camp 2024

  • Supervise, assist, and lead activities with youth ages 5 and up.
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor and Team Leads.
  • Variable weekly hours depending on program.

Apply Online!

Review specifications and apply online: - Cultural Arts Activity Specialist/Leader.

Questions? Contact

Teen Internships

Works in Progress (WIP) is an immersive program that prepares teens living in the Austin metropolitan area for careers in the arts. WIP Interns will focus on projects throughout the Dougherty Arts Center in art education, gallery exhibits, and event planning.

For more information, visit the Works in Progress website.

WIP is an Internal City Pathway with Austin Civilian Conservation Corps.

A group of people volunteering outside at the Dougherty Arts Center

Volunteer Opportunities 

One Time Volunteers:

The DAC depends on the support and time of volunteers.  Volunteers help our staff maintain our dye garden, as well as assist with events, exhibits, and other special projects.  

For individuals who may only want to volunteer occasionally, volunteer as a group, or for special events, visit the DAC GivePulse page where you will find all current volunteer postings. These opportunities are open to the general public who may only wish to volunteer occasionally, without the time commitment required of Program Volunteers.

Reoccurring Program Volunteers

The DAC is not currently accepting applications for Reoccurring Program Volunteers.

The DAC’s Program Volunteers are committed to providing service and support on a regular basis, for at least 3 months. Because of this level of commitment, they are involved with every aspect of the DAC, which makes their role quite unique.

Roles and responsibilities can include but are not limited to:

  • Clerical duties
  • Monitoring and/or facilitating art activities
  • Special Event assistance
  • Customer service
  • Assisting in the DAC Natural Dye Garden
  • Research Projects

Program Volunteers do not have to have any prior experience volunteering or working within an arts organization. We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and experience levels to volunteer. If you are interested in being notified when Program Volunteer Applications open in early 2025, please join our Program Volunteer Mailing List. 

For any questions or inquiries, please call (512) 974-4400 or e-mail us at

Emerging Teaching Artists Bring Your Creativity to the Classroom!

Emerging Teaching Artists

MINDPOP and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Museums and Cultural Programs are excited to offer the Emerging Teaching Artists program (ETA). The purpose of ETA is to increase the number of artists of color and artists with disabilities working in classrooms across Austin. Successful applicants will come from these communities, demonstrate a strong arts background, and will have a clear interest in teaching arts to children or adults.

Questions? Email

visual artist residency- ceramics

Visual Artist Residency

The Visual Artist Residency Program provides visual artists with the space, facilities, time and professional interaction that will foster and further develop their ideas, skills, abilities, and focus as practicing artists. This is a work exchange program where resident artists are invited to create outreach opportunities within our community such as teaching workshops, giving public presentations, critiques and monitoring our independent study program and open studio hours. 

For more information visit our Visual Artist Residency page. 

23rd Street Artists Market open 7 days a week

23rd Street Artists' Market

The 23rd Street Artists' Market is Austin's original open-air artists' market for artists to make and sell their own work. Licensed artists sell their handcrafted art year round, 7 days a week. The Dougherty Arts Center hosts membership meetings of the 23rd Street Artists' Market on the third Wednesday of each month. Attend an upcoming meeting, to learn more about getting involved with Austin's original outdoor market for handmade crafts. 

Visit the 23rd Street Artists' Market on Facebook.

For more information, contact

Monthly Meeting Dates
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, August 21, 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, September 18, 2024 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2024 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2024 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2024 7-9pm