Volunteers are one of the Kauffman Center’s greatest assets. This dedicated group of community members generously shares their time to fill the 50+ shifts required for every performance held at the Center each year.
The Kauffman Center welcomes volunteer applicants from all walks of life – we value your time, talents and willingness to contribute to the Kansas City arts community. From providing administrative support to participating in our performance & event usher corps, volunteers help create unique experiences that surprise, delight, entertain and educate tens of thousands of people each year in an iconic venue.
“As a Kauffman Center volunteer, my life has been enriched culturally and socially. I appreciate and value being a part of a world-class organization that promotes the arts and offers diverse performances so there is something for everyone to enjoy!” – Libee, a Kauffman Center volunteer since 2012
Those interested in volunteering at the Kauffman Center may apply for the apprentice program, which is the selection process and training program for new and returning volunteers. The application for the 2022 – 2023 apprentice program has closed. Please email email@example.com to be notified of the next recruitment period.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can volunteer?
Those wishing to be considered for a volunteer position at the Kauffman Center must:
- Be committed to providing memorable experiences for all patrons.
- Feel comfortable collaborating with others and working in a team environment.
- Treat their fellow volunteers, staff members and patrons of all backgrounds with kindness, dignity and respect.
- Give permission for their photo to be used for publication and other Kauffman Center-related purposes.
- Be 18 years of age or older
“Volunteering at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is such a joy for me! I love walking into the gorgeous building, seeing friends at volunteer briefings, getting to know new friends while working a shift, and seeing excited patrons come to watch a fabulous performance & helping make it memorable for them. It is a gift I have given myself and one of the nicest I have ever received.” – Cheri, a Kauffman Center volunteer since 2017
What volunteer opportunities are available?
Kauffman Center volunteers are asked to volunteer at least 15 times every season in a variety of roles at many types of performance, concerts and events.
Primary volunteer roles include:
Performance and Event Usher
Plaza Lobby Greeter
Security Screening Greeter
Gift Shop Greeter
Coat Check Attendant
Occasional / specialty volunteer roles include:
Student Matinee Greeter
Merchandise Table Assistant
Membership Table Assistant
Program Stuffing Team Member
Landscaping Team Member
Outreach and Education Team Member
“Ever since first coming to the Kauffman Center on opening day when Julia Irene Kauffman welcomed each of us to this world-class venue, I knew I wanted to a part of it. Each time I come in, my goal is to help make each patron have that same positive experience. I hope that my love and enthusiasm for the great programming here carries over to our patrons. From the children’s matinees to National Geographic Live! to Yo-Yo Ma — there is something for everyone!” – Ann, a Kauffman Center volunteer since 2013
How do I become a volunteer?
Those interested in volunteering at the Kauffman Center may apply for the apprentice program, which is the selection process and training program for new and returning volunteers.
If applicants are admitted to the apprentice program, they will:
- Attend an in-person info session and complete a comprehensive background check
- Participate in three in-person training classes that cover the breadth of skills volunteers need to find success at the Kauffman Center
- Complete periodic online and in-person assessments
- Volunteer as a performance & event usher for four guided shifts alongside veteran volunteers.
Those who successfully complete the apprentice program receive an invitation to join the Kauffman Center Volunteer Program!
“It’s a joy to have the opportunity to interact with the other remarkable volunteers, our patrons, and the Kauffman Center staff while getting to view a wide variety of the best live performances in the city. Every time I’m at the Kauffman Center, it’s different, exciting and memorable. The training and support for the volunteers is second to none, and there are numerous opportunities to experience growth and satisfaction in time well spent.” – Phil, a Kauffman Center volunteer since 2011
Are there any benefits for volunteering with Kauffman Center?
We offer up close and free parking during volunteer shifts, flexible scheduling, an excellent training program, social outings around Kansas City, special events hosted at the Kauffman Center and much, much more!
“Like many Kauffman Center volunteers, I volunteer with multiple organizations. I don’t know of any other organization that works as hard to show their appreciation for their volunteers. I always feel valued, important and respected because they make that a very high priority. And let’s face it, the perks are pretty great – you get to be a part of the Kauffman Center!” – Cindy, a Kauffman Center volunteer since 2012