Volunteer with DesignTO, a non-profit arts organization best known for its annual DesignTO Festival. Help us to further our mission to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation of design and its role in creating a viable, just and joyful world.
Volunteers are important to DesignTO’s Festival Week activities. They bring skill, time, and enthusiasm to the annual celebration of design.
During these challenging times, we are grateful for the continued support of our volunteers who help to create a welcoming festival atmosphere.
All volunteer positions and DesignTO protocols will follow government health and safety guidelines. Most shifts require being indoors.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Learn about and experience Toronto’s vibrant design and art culture
- Support our mission to advance design culture in Canada
- Network and make friends who share your interests
- Gain work experience and/or volunteer hours
If you’re interested in being a volunteer photographer, please email [email protected] with a link to your portfolio.
Through our public programming and the help of our volunteers, we curate exhibitions, presentations and educational programming to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation of design and its role in creating a viable, just and joyful world. If you’re interested in networking, design, art, event planning, and customer service, we invite you to express your interest via the form links below. Most volunteer shifts occur on weekdays (evenings) and weekends (during the day and evening).
Every volunteer who successfully and professionally completes their volunteer shifts will receive a complimentary DesignTO Volunteer Membership*.
Volunteer Shift Types
This role is critical for connecting and communicating with the public to enhance visitors’ experience and understanding of the assigned exhibitions and events, and may also involve way-finding to help guide visitors. This role is essential in helping us bring people together.
This role is perfect for outgoing volunteers who want to meet as many people as possible. It is vital to collect demographic information from attendees, which DesignTO uses to understand its audience better.
This role requires a friendly disposition to check in registered attendees as they arrive at an event.
*Volunteer Memberships include all benefits available to Individual Members with the exception of the AZURE Magazine Digital Subscription.
September – November
- Volunteers fill out the Expression of Interest form
- Volunteer shifts launch
- Signup Orientation (Date TBA)
- In-person volunteer orientation and training
January 19-28, 2024
- DesignTO Festival at over 100 locations across the City of Toronto