Making a Difference for Your Museum

IMG_8794 (1)With the Speed Art Museum closer than ever to opening, it’s an exciting time to not only be an art aficionado but also a Louisville citizen. Now, exciting enterprises such as the Speed are not possible without help from the community, and for this reason, the new museum would like to extend the opportunity to Louisville’s citizens to lend their extraordinarily valuable time and talent to the Speed.

Stephanie Barker and Hunter Dixon are, respectively, the chief human resources officer and manager of guest services/volunteer coordinator. “What we would like to do is simply get the word out on our volunteer opportunities,” says Barker. To that end, a volunteer fair will be held at the Local Speed (822 E. Market St.) on February 8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Prospective volunteers may arrive any time during the fair to hear about the Speed’s many volunteer needs. A representative from such departments as administration, ArtSparks, the new cinema, and more will be present to entice anyone willing to offer their time with an informal presentation of the specific opportunities available within each department.

If one such opportunity sparks interest, the prospective volunteer can fill out an application, after which the Speed will follow up with a phone conversation to gauge the person’s interest level and candidacy. After that, it’s as simple as getting the newly minted volunteer in the door and with their department head to get things rolling. Both Barker and Dixon are quick to mention that there are also career opportunities that need to be filled for the new museum venture, and individuals interested in those should keep an eye on the Speed’s website or

Another way to give back to the Speed and assist in the daunting task of the reopening is by participating in the Speed 365 program. Throughout the three-year expansion, patrons have helped keep the Speed Art Museum’s vision alive. Through the generous support of anonymous donors, the Speed is inviting the community to participate in a matching-dollar challenge – up to $500,000. “We want the community to feel part of the new museum,” explains Ghislain d’Humières, the Speed’s chief executive officer. “We want them to feel like the museum belongs to them, so we giving them this challenge.”

Every dollar received now through the Speed’s grand reopening in March will be matched dollar-for-dollar, allowing the contribution to be stretched twice as far. You can help the Speed reach their goal and make a donation today by going to With such fantastic new offerings at the Speed with the cinema, ArtSparks, the site-specific commissioned art pieces, the state-of-the-art Renaissance Room and the ambitious yet sure-to-be wonderful 30-hour opening event beginning on March 12, the Speed needs all the help it can get to continue making an impact in the Louisville community. And it all starts with you. VT

Looking for ways to get involved? Become a Speed Art Museum volunteer!

By devoting their time and talents, our dedicated volunteers play a critical role in assisting with Museum programs, gallery activities, exhibitions and special events.
Opportunities include:
Administrative Volunteer • Art Sparks Volunteer
Cinema Volunteer • Guest Relations Volunteer
Museum Store Volunteer • Volunteer Photographer
Speed Concert Series Volunteer

Individuals who commit to a year-long volunteer role will be eligible for a complimentary Volunteer Membership at the Speed!
Benefits include:
Access to great art with FREE daily admission to permanent galleries
Free or deeply discounted admission to special exhibitions
FREE admission to select Speed Concerts
$2 off tickets to the Speed Cinema
10% Discount in Museum Store with special members-only sales up to 25% off
10% Discount in Wiltshire at the Speed café every Wednesday

To learn more about our current opportunities, including duties and qualifications, and to apply to become a volunteer, please visit and click on the Volunteer link!

Photo courtesy of the Speed Art Museum