Be a part of the art!
Join our team of interns and volunteers and be part of the high quality events and programs of the Artisans Center of Virginia
.....learn more about emerging trends in artisan craft
.....personally meet Virginia artisans and get to see their incredible and diverse artworks
.....network with art communities and ACV partners and professionals
.....experience the historic and cultural attributes of Virginia’s heritage crafts
.....receive tuition discounts at the ACV conference and Studio School
.....enjoy behind the scenes opportunities
.....help ensure the success of ACV’s mission
Volunteers are what make ACV a success, adding spirit, warmth, community and talent! We absolutely could not present such high quality programming and keep participation fees low without the support of our volunteers. There are many things you can do to help, from stuffing envelopes, assisting in a workshop, actively working on one of ACV’s vibrant program management teams, helping at an event… to becoming a member of the ACV Board.
ACV Artisan Trail Network “Trail Boss” Ambassadors
Have you ever wanted to take on a bigger role at the ACV, get more involved providing opportunities for Virginia Artisans, and really help make a difference? If so, then the ACV “Trail Boss” Ambassadors program may be for you! ACV “Trail Boss” Ambassadors are a special group of volunteers who reside in a jurisdiction that is interested in or in the process of developing a network of artisan trails in their region. They receive in-depth training about ACV and the trail program as they help influence decision makers and recruit artisans, agri-artisans and site sponsors to become participants on the trail.
ACV Management Teams
Embracing concepts of idea exchange and productivity, ACV no longer hosts committees but is instead looking for interested members of Virginia communities to partner and provide their guidance, skill and expertise in the development of ACV’s main program initiatives, i.e., Jury Standards, Studio School, Artisan Trail Network and Retail Alliance Program. A two year volunteer commitment and dedication to the success of ACV’s mission ensures that programs developed offer the maximum in economic, cultural, and educational viability for Virginia Artisans and communities all across the Commonwealth.
An ACV internship offers students a unique opportunity to develop nonprofit administration skills while working with the official state organization for fine craft. It also helps students to become familiar with the organizational skills and routines needed to effectively support an organization like the ACV. Interns are asked to work at least 8-16 hours a week through the semester. There is an interview and evaluation process. Interns who are planning to use the internship for school credit will be expected to demonstrate individual initiative and follow-through skills.
Ways you can help out…
Development—ACV initiates annual individual, foundation, and corporate fundraising campaigns to help support the diverse programs presented to the community and in support of Virginia artisans. ACV also coordinates several fundraising events that help support the quality programming which makes ACV the foremost craft organization in Virginia. Duties can include planning and assisting with special projects and events, clerical management of corporate records, high level planning meetings with key staff and community leaders and marketing.
Grants Management—Research and prepare grant proposals and applications to federal, state and local government sources, corporate and foundation sponsors, and individual patrons.
Membership—assist in the annual campaign and learn to manage a membership database, update membership files, assist with special membership events, interact with all membership levels and maintain member benefits.
Administrative/Office Work - assist in copying, sorting, stamping, labeling mailings, filing, archiving and reception.
Exhibitions & Craft Shows–assist in preparations, recruitment, marketing, installations and hosting of artisan events
Education – assist instructors at the ACV Studio School and learn a new skill while in the process of helping out!
Volunteer—assist with volunteer correspondence, recruitment and updating volunteer profiles.
"What I love about creating functional pottery is the idea that the viewer gets to have a unique relationship with a piece of art"
Shenandoah County Artisan Studios Ceramics:
"I specialize in sculptural metalwork compositions of dissected imagery from plant life, feminine symbolism & the human form."
"I love the ancient history of celebration, the beauty of the colors, and the meditative experience of creating Pysanky."
Mixed Media: Pysanky,
"I like to throw simple, classical forms to use as a vehicle for my busy surfaces."
Ceramics: Functional, Sculptural,