A constant aspect of volunteering as an usher for the Wexner Center for the Arts is that you present yourself as an emissary for contemporary art and a friendly guide to all who enter our facilities and events. Please read the following brief descriptions of the range of duties our Volunteer Ushers have at different locations and events.
Our volunteer ushers take an active role in supporting the Wexner Center:
- greeting and guiding local and international visitors
- helping direct our guests to their proper seats for reserved seating events
- interacting with children and families during family and community programs
- providing assistance to visitors during exhibitions and special events
- answering questions about our facilities and programs
In this space, volunteers greet patrons and hand out information regarding films and lectures. Our volunteers also assist with helping our patrons into seating in the case of very full events, as well as when patrons arrive after an event begins.
Performance Space & Mershon Stage
These are both spaces where many types of performancesdance, music, or theatercan be seen in multiple configurations. Wexner Center volunteers greet patrons and direct them through the spaces.
Many of our larger eventsdance and music concerts and theater performances, as well as lectures and filmsare held here. Mershon Auditorium is also used for large rental events sponsored by organizations in the Columbus and Ohio State University communities. Our volunteers greet and direct patrons, help them find assigned seats, and help in the coat check.
Exhibition Previews and Opening Celebrations & Community Days
Volunteers assist with an assortment of duties during these events. Volunteers help guide crowd flow inside the galleries, direct patrons through the Wexner Center, and answer questions regarding our exhibitions and educational programs. During some events, volunteers assist guests with art-making activities.
Volunteer Usher Application
Please note: All applicants are required to initiate and pass a background check through The Ohio State University before they can begin to serve as a volunteer usher for the Wexner Center for the Arts.
We are currently collecting applications for Volunteer Ushers and will be in touch with you after reviewing your application. If you are accepted into our Volunteer Usher program, we will contact you with the dates for our next available Usher Orientation sessions, typically held at the beginning of Ohio States fall term. We are looking for individuals who are able to commit to four to five events per quarter (10 weeks).
If you have trouble viewing the application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jeffrey Benham, patron services coordinator, at (614) 292-6311.