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Find your place at the Nelson-Atkins.


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.


Art Leaders Innovative programs for Kansas City's business leaders

Art Leaders was founded in 2014 and provides the opportunity for professional development, networking and mentorship while allowing access to an in-depth look at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Sample Sessions:

  • Director’s Favorites Tour hosted by Director and CEO, Julián Zugazagoitia
  • Panel Discussion: Boardsmanship, Leadership and Networking
  • Cocktails with the Curator
  • Museum Governance: A Financial Perspective

Contact to learn more about Art Leaders.

Teen Programs Packed with creative minds and contagious energy

Teen events at the Nelson-Atkins are adult supervised but designed for autonomous exploration of art and ideas by teens aged 13-19. Younger, middle-school-aged youth are welcome to participate as long as they are comfortable away from parental supervision and around the social dynamics of older teens.

Open Mic Night
A night of open mic performances from local teens. Light snacks and drinks provided. Come to perform or just watch the show! Instruments and bands or groups are welcome.

Check back in September for new events for the upcoming school year from Teen Council.

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Teen Council
The Teen Council is composed of a diverse group of students representing different schools in Kansas City. Their mission is to increase and diversify teen involvement at the Nelson-Atkins by planning and marketing events and programs for teens.

Teen Council Application

Teen Guides
The Teen Guide program is a paid summer job experience for local teens. Teen Guides provided interactive tours of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park and the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center. Applications for Summer 2020 Teen Guide positions will open in March 2020.

Photography Scholars Program
The Photography Scholars Program provides high school students with a unique opportunity to engage in the study of photography through an intensive 8-week workshop.

For more information about Teen Council or Teen Guides, email

Interested in teen volunteer opportunities? Contact us at

Member Councils Growing and stewarding membership

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 three separate leadership groups that provide support in growing the membership base and stewarding existing members.

Interested in joining a member council? Contact

Young Friends of Art council Society of Fellows council Friends of Art Council for 2017

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

Our volunteers serve in a wide variety of roles throughout the museum. They provide essential support to the museum’s mission through hands-on service and leadership roles.

The list below includes most of our major volunteer roles. Please note that not all are open at all times. To learn what positions are currently available, please contact us at

Coat Check
Events & Outreach
Museum Guide
Museum Store
Rozzelle Court Restaurant
Shuttlecart Drivers
Visitor Research
Visitor Services Desks

Interested in teen volunteer opportunities? Contact us at

Background checks are required for all volunteers.