Volunteering

BCGC is always looking for folks to help us bring the arts to the wider Bloomington community. If you enjoy working with kids, we have a job for you. Do you like clerical work, yard work? Come lend a hand. If you looking to be part of a boisterous group, or work in a quiet place, we have a spot for you in our BCGC family.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities include:

Ongoing volunteer opportunities

Clerical help

  • Data entry

Events

  • Staffing events
  • Postering
  • putting out yard signs
  • Packaging glass

Facilities

  • Helping with equipment construction and space modification
  • Class prep
  • Cleaning
  • Charging the furnace
  • gardening and landscaping

And more!

If you would like to volunteer please contact to our volunteer coordinator, Diana Spoolstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to find out what work is available.

 

Learn to Blow Glass for FREE with our Apprenticeship program

Group of glassblowers

BCGC’s apprenticeship program allows people interested in glass blowing to get the chance to learn the art on the job while working with experienced glass blowers. As an apprentice you would join our team and help us create the 900+ blown glass pumpkins for our annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, held each year in October.

Details

The apprenticeship program is open to anyone who has already volunteered at BCGC for at least 4 hours (see above).

Once accepted into the program apprentices must attend a mandatory two hour apprentice training to familiarize themselves with the glass blowing studio, understand the dangers and safety involved, and to learn rudimentary glass blowing skills. Apprentice trainings are held four times a year.

The next training will be in early September, 2019.

After attending training, apprentices are expected to sign up for 24 hours of glass blowing volunteer work in a six month period. In addition to learning as you assist, hours spent helping with glass production count towards earning a free glass class (valued at $60 per hour). Currently all of our glass blowing is done up in Indianapolis and apprentices commit to a full day to glass blowing. We blow glass 2-3 times a month all year long.

The apprenticeship program requires a commitment of time and energy. If you do not feel you want to commit please take a look at our weekend classes for other blowing opportunities.

Not all applicants will be accepted into the apprenticeship program. Admittance depends on available space, physical ability, and ability to commit the time.

If you would like to apply to this program pleases send an email to our volunteer coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the following information.

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Why you are interested in the glass blowing apprenticeship program
  • Any physical limitations you might have when it comes to glass blowing (these do not impact whether you can be accepted into the program, rather they help us know how to accommodate)
  • Previous art experience
  • Your general weekend availability
  • Other interests
  • Your favorite joke

 

 

Mary Heaps rolling in glass color