About North Van Arts

Our mandate is to enable emerging and professional artists in all disciplines, bridge cultures and build strong & healthy communities through the arts.

Join North Van Arts Volunteers here!

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the outstanding work of North Van Arts. They dramatically increase the capacity and effectiveness of the organization and all of our programmes, projects, exhibitions, and events. Volunteering with North Van Arts in any capacity assists in enriching the overall quality of life in this community where we live, work, and play.

All volunteers must submit a complete application through our Volunteer Sign-Up

If you have questions about volunteering, please email to the attention of “Administrative Coordinator” at info@northvanarts.ca with “Volunteer Info” in the subject.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Join our Gallery Attending Team and help us welcome visitors to CityScape Community ArtSpace.
  • Join our Promotions Team to support our social media communications and print material distribution.
  • Join our Installations Team to assist staff with exhibitions set-up. (Heavy lifting is required.)
  • Join our Events Team and participate in a variety of opportunities year-round.
  • Join our Arts Education Team and assist instructors during courses, workshops, and other programmes.

Accessibility: North Van Arts is an equal-opportunity, non-profit, charitable employer that aims to work with all individuals and communities connected through the arts. We have many positions and roles to fit the range of talents in our neighbourhood but are always open to receiving feedback, should you wish to suggest a new way for you to volunteer that we have not yet explored. Thank you!



DESCRIPTION: Be present during the open hours of the Gallery to greet Gallery patrons and to inform them of North Van Arts’ exhibitions, events, and various programs. If the gallery is quiet you may be asked to help with day-to-day tasks such as folding pamphlets, watering outside plants, etc.

REQUIREMENTS: Friendly, social, punctual, interested in arts.

BENEFITS: Develop leadership skills and the ability to interact with others.

HOURS: Flexible, but with a priority towards once a week (ex. Monday-Friday 9:30AM-12:00PM; 12:00PM-2:30PM; 2:30PM-5:00PM; or Saturdays 12:00-2:30PM; 2:30-5PM)



DESCRIPTION: We rely on our Promotions Team to hang posters, deliver cards, and spread the word about programs, events, and exhibitions. Find out how you can help us even without access to transportation by enquiring about our social media approach.

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers with transportation (cars, bikes) are great at delivery. However, if mobility is an issue due to accessibility needs, we would love for you to distribute information online or on your personal networks through social media, particularly on Facebook and Instagram.

BENEFITS: Develop local community connections and/or social media marketing skills.

HOURS: Flexible. Interested volunteers will be contacted as needed.



DESCRIPTION: Several times per year, North Van Arts installs art exhibitions across the North Shore.  The Exhibition Manager often requires an assistant with installations.

REQUIREMENTS: Background in arts and a willingness to learn.  Experience using basic tools and climbing ladders to help lift, hang, or place works of art where needed.

BENEFITS: Ability to interact with people in the field of art and get experience.

HOURS: 3-4 hours per day during installation week



DESCRIPTION: We have a lot of fun planning, organizing, and executing various public events throughout the year. These popular gatherings are fabulous for those who want to work closely with the public in a rich interactive arts environment. Volunteer positions are defined according to the specific needs of the event. Many positions require being outdoors, lifting and carrying, etc. (ex. setting up tables and chairs).

REQUIREMENTS: Friendly, social, punctual, interested in arts.

BENEFITS: Develop leadership skills, teamwork, and goal-based accomplishments.

HOURS: Dependent on the event, 2-6 hours. You will be contacted about the positions required to determine your interest and availability in participating in the event.



DESCRIPTION: North Van Arts runs art camps for children and youth (ages 6-11 years) during Spring and Summer breaks at Maplewood House. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience with children and youth in a fun and energetic setting.

REQUIREMENTS: If 18 years or older, it is required to have a current criminal record check. We are seeking responsible, caring, and committed volunteers with an interest in working with children and youth (ages 6-11).

BENEFITS: Excellent experience for anyone interested in pursuing a career related to education or childcare. Opportunity to earn work experience and volunteer hours.

HOURS: During Spring Break or Summer Break,  Monday-Friday: Full day 8am-4pm or half day 8am-12pm; 12pm-4pm.



DESCRIPTION: There are occasions when North Van Arts requires volunteer assistance in the office or in general where duties cannot be defined as clearly due to their changing nature.  This can include, but is not limited to: organizing archives (pictures and newspaper clippings), assisting with mail-outs to members, assisting with anniversary celebration planning, etc. Here we also hold space for feedback from the community if there is a talent, skill, idea, or program you’d like to help implement; please tell us how you think your abilities can make North Van Arts a better place.

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteer experience with North Van Arts.

BENEFITS: Develop administrative skills and the opportunity to learn from within the heart of our organization, learning about our artistic community alongside our staff.

HOURS: Will place interested volunteers on a waiting list and requested on a need basis.  Volunteers will have to give their contact info.