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Membership support ensures the museum remains an important community resource for all of Kansas City to experience.

Become a member today and be a part of what makes Kansas City so great.


Member Councils Growing and stewarding membership


The Friends of Art Council, July 21, 2022, at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. Media Services photographer Mark McDonald.


The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is lucky to have dedicated volunteers who ensure the vitality of this incredible community resource.

Membership has a rich history of volunteer engagement, with leadership groups that provide support in growing the membership base and stewarding existing members. The three current groups are the Society of Fellows Board, the Friends of Art Council, and the Business Council.

Board Members

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Volunteer You don’t have to be an art expert to be a volunteer

Make a difference! 

Volunteers are vital to developing the museum’s community in Kansas City and beyond. We value and appreciate our volunteers who are empowered to welcome and connect all people through joyful, creative, and meaningful experiences with art. 
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Volunteer Program is made up of enthusiastic and dedicated individuals from diverse walks of life. As museum ambassadors, volunteers welcome and support over 500,000 visitors annually who come to enjoy, explore and contemplate the art in the museum’s care. 
With art as our focus, the Nelson-Atkins strives to create a sense of belonging for all people. We are looking for volunteers who can help us welcome and support the wide range of visitors and communities we serve.    

What to Expect 

  • Support. New Volunteer orientation, training, and continuing education provided! 
  • Flexibility. Volunteers have the freedom to shape their schedules dependent on their availability. 
  • Opportunity. Volunteers can work directly with our guests or behind the scenes. 
  • Connection. Volunteer to create connections and enjoy fellowship with other volunteers and staff 

Although we are not currently taking new volunteer applications, we encourage you to explore our volunteer opportunities and check back here later this fall.


Party Arty

Interested in serving on the Party Arty Committee? As a committee of the Friends of Art Council, the Party Arty Committee is a key driver for fostering awareness throughout the community and assuring the fiscal success of the best party in Kansas City. Applications are open each summer for the following Party Arty.