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 | Contract Instructor | Visual Artist Residency | Volunteer Program | 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 per hour.

Youth Arts Programs

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

Saturday Youth Studio, Spring 2023

Specialized Arts Class Rotation for Ages 5 to 14.

  • Students grouped by age: 5-7, 8-10, 11-14.
  • Occurs on Saturdays from January through May (skip March) at the Dougherty Arts Center.
  • Instructor shifts run from 9:30am to 2:30pm, totaling 5 hours per week.
  • Paid training and lesson planning time will be provided.
  • For more information, visit the Saturday Youth Studio website.

Currently seeking:

  • Ceramics Teaching Artist
    Hand Building & Wheel Throwing Techniques
  • Printmaking Teaching Artist
    Relief & Serigraphy (Screen Printing)
  • Performing Arts Teaching Artist
    Theatre, Puppetry, Improv, Movement, etc.

Art in Cahoots, Spring 2023

Instructor-led sensory arts activities for pre-k students aged 2½ to 5 with an accompanying adult caregiver.

  • Held twice a month, variable days and times.
  • Will require travel to various locations throughout the Austin area, candidate must have reliable mode of transportation for supplies and self.
  • Paid training, lesson planning, preparation, and clean up time will be provided.
  • Familiarity and experience with developing early childhood age-appropriate content is preferred.
  • For more information, visit the Art in Cahoots website.

Currently seeking:

  • Early Childhood Activity Leader

All Youth Programs, Multi-Season

  • Supervise, assist, and lead activities with youth ages 5 and up.
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor and Team Leads.
  • Various dates and times, as needed.

Currently seeking:

  • Activity Specialist

Apply Online!

For all Youth Arts Program positions, review and apply online at - 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.

visual artist residency- ceramics

Visual Artist Residency 

The Visual Artist Residency is a work exchange program that offers an immersive professional development experience to emerging and established artists. Residents enjoy an exceptional 1,400 square foot ceramics studio with a stunning view of downtown Austin in exchange for creating outreach opportunities and monitoring DAC students during independent study, glaze days, and open studio hours. This program is wonderful for artists who need space to develop their experience in a professional studio setting. 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. Thanks to a City Council initiative, Market Permits applied for between October 2022 and September 2023 will be free! 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, November 16, 2022 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2022 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023 7-9pm
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023 7-9pm
Meeting Flier

23rd Street Artist Market Flyer for Vendor Meeting Dates. Market Permits between October 2022 and November 2023 will be Free. Please bring samples of your craft, a picture ID, and your tax permit.