Dairy Arts Center



You can help make art happen at the Dairy Arts Center by volunteering your free time. We have a variety of opportunities for volunteers to help with performances, films, gallery exhibitions, and special events. If you are interested in becoming a new volunteer please fill out the Volunteer Information Form below.

Volunteer Interest Application
The Dairy Arts Center welcomes volunteers of all ages. Please select which age range best indicates your current age. All volunteers under the age of 18 will need to return a signed parental/legal guardian consent waiver before their first volunteer shift. Volunteers under the age of 14 require a parent or legal guardian present at their volunteer shifts.

For any questions about volunteering please contact:
The Dairy Arts Center Volunteer Manager | volunteercoordinator@thedairy.org | 2590 Walnut St. Boulder, CO 80302

Volunteer – Parental Consent Form (PDF)

Board members are responsible for providing leadership support to the Dairy Arts Center, the only multi-disciplinary arts center in Boulder that houses three theaters, four visual art galleries, a spacious lobby, full concessions, 65-seat cinema, 3 ballet studios, and 26 music studios. In addition to providing a space for the expression of art, the Dairy Arts Center also provides professional management to more than 100 local arts organizations including ticketing systems, box office services, building maintenance, theatrical support, concessions, and venue rentals. Board members are also expected to serve as active advocates and ambassadors of the Dairy Arts Center within the community and work to further the Dairy Arts Center’s mission to provide diverse opportunities to create, learn, and engage in high-quality performing, cinematic, and visual arts experiences. Dairy Presents provides additional programming designed to supplement artistic content provided by the many renting arts organizations and includes: Music at the Dairy, rotating Visual Art exhibitions, Kids at the Dairy arts education program, Comedy at the Dairy, and a full slate of independent films screened in our art house cinema. Board Member Responsibilities:

  • Determining the mission and purpose of the organization
  • Selecting and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director
  • Strategic and organizational planning
  • Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • Approving and monitoring Dairy Arts Center programs and services
  • Enhancing the Dairy Arts Center’s public image
  • Assessing its own performance as the governing body of the

Dairy Arts Center Board Member Expectations:

  • Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • Faithfully read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • Serve as active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for the Dairy Arts Center to advance its mission
  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to develop collective action to fully achieve the Dairy Arts Center’s mission
  • Give a meaningful personal financial donation – $1,500 suggested annual minimum
  • Help identify a personal connection that can benefit the organization’s fundraising and reputational standing  Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in monthly board meetings
  • Participate fully in at least one board committee
  • Follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions

To apply for this volunteer, unpaid position, send a resume and personal statement that summarizes your reason for applying for board membership to: boardcandidate@thedairy.org

Dairy Board Description Aug 2019>>

Development Associate Position Description

The Dairy Arts Center is the leading multi-disciplinary arts center in Boulder. Our 42,000 square foot facility houses three theaters, four visual art galleries, a spacious lobby, full concessions, 65-seat cinema, 3 ballet studios, and 26 music studios. We also provide professional management to more than 100 local arts organizations including ticketing systems, box office services, building maintenance, theatrical support, concessions and venue rentals.  

The Dairy Arts Center’s mission is to provide diverse opportunities to create, learn, and engage in high quality performing, cinematic, and visual arts experiences. Dairy Presents provides its own programming and includes: Music at the Dairy, rotating Visual Art exhibitions, Kids at the Dairy arts education program, Comedy at the Dairy, and a full slate of independent films screened in our art house cinema.

We are looking to hire a full-time, salaried Development Associate to join our team.  

Start date:  August 12, 2019 or to be determined

 Overview of Position

Reporting to the Development Director, the Development Associate is a key administrative position ensuring the Executive Director, Development Director and Board members have what they need to be successful in their efforts to increase financial resources.  You are part of a two-person development team. The Development Associate will develop systems, research prospects and ‘set the table’ to cultivate prospects, steward donors and close gifts. The Development Associate will also work as a staff liaison with the Board of Directors Development committee scheduling meetings, taking notes and reaching out to committee members.  This is a fast-paced environment, with most of your time spent in the office at the Dairy and the ability to take initiative and organize your work is critical.

This role provides the important administrative support to the organization’s development office including tracking of gifts, heavy database entry and reporting, sending out thank you letters with 48 hours, tracking membership renewals, grant research, and writing with careful attention to detail.  High levels of communication to Development Director, Committee members and internal staff is imperative.

This position uses tracking systems to ensure reporting of all contributions, timely thank you and gift receipts, and all projects are done on time and accurately.  You will manage your calendar and the Development Directors, have timely responses to e-mails, phone calls and be a customer service point of contact for donors and members.   


In this position it is important that you fully support the Dairy Arts Center mission and are enthusiastic about the role the arts play in our community.  You will need to be:

  • Very detail oriented, database maintenance and data entry are key
  • Some prior fundraising or event experience helpful, but enthusiasm and attention to detail are critical 
  • Loves to research and find things out (prospect research) 
  • Enjoys building systems to keep track of the things 
  • Knows how to build a relationship via phone or email, excellent customer service
  • Great memory for detail 
  • Excellent letter writing and general writing skills
  • College degree or equivalent experience such as, sales, customer facing positions, with heavy administrative experience, database entry, Excel, Microsoft Office expertise are a must.

Grant Writing

This position will be responsible for tracking, drafting and reporting on all grants.  Attention to detail to comply with grant deadlines is critical.   Organized, attentive to detail, and the use of concise, persuasive writing to request funding for an organization’s programs.  

Special Events

The Dairy Arts Center has a series of special events throughout the year to raise money for their programs, but also to increase the organization’s visibility and provide opportunities for current and potential donors to interact with the organization.  Events range from annual gala, donor cultivation, tours of our facility, etc.  As Development Associate you will be responsible for carrying out many tasks related to our special events, this include the details, organization and tracking of details, creating nametags and ensuring smooth check-ins at events, tracking sponsors and creating sponsor contracts.

A Positive Career Trajectory

A career in nonprofit fundraising offers a variety of opportunities to make a real impact on an organization, as well as the community it serves. 


Full-time salary with health benefits, 10 paid federal holidays, two-weeks paid vacation.

To apply for this position, please e-mail cover letter and resume to Kathy Blegen-Huntley, Development Director at kbhuntley@thedairy.org.





The Event Security Services position maintains a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for customers and employees by patrolling and monitoring premises and providing event support by greeting and directing patrons of the Dairy Arts Center.

Security Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Secures premises and personnel by patrolling property
  • Monitors surveillance equipment as needed
  • Inspects all access points
  • Uses de-escalation tactics for disruptions and alerting authorities when needed
  • Maintains regular contact with front of house staff and manager on duty
  • Completes regular reports including observations, information, incidents, and surveillance activities; interviews witnesses as needed
  • Directs event traffic and parking as needed

Greeter Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Welcomes all patrons to the Dairy Arts Center
  • Directs traffic within the building and answers frequently asked questions
  • Remains visible and accessible to patrons, staff, and clients
  • Makes informational lobby announcements


  • Knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • CPR/AED Certification
  • Verbal De-escalation Training
  • Proven work experience as a security guard or relevant position
  • Background in customer service or hospitality
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Ability to maintain a calm, authoritative stance
  • Quick thinking and action oriented

Personal characteristics:

  • A customer-oriented attitude – you jump right in if you see that someone is lost or needs assistance
  • Problem-solving aptitude – your instinct is to investigate solutions without being asked
  • Ability to work well with a team – you value the success of everyone
  • Alertness – you stay focused and avoid distractions
  • Accountability – you value honesty and personal responsibility
  • Communicates clearly with courteous authority
  • Demonstrate commitment to the mission of the Dairy.

Working Conditions:
The Event Security Event Services will work out of the Dairy Arts Center’s office, located at 2590 Walnut Street
The Event Security Services position is part-time, starting at $15/hour.
Nighttime and weekend availability required. Weekday flexibility and daytime staff meeting attendance as necessary.
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter and three references to Shay Wescott, Senior Operations Manager at swescott@thedairy.org. NO phone calls please.

The Patron Service Associate is responsible for providing excellent customer service to all patrons and renters of the Dairy by anticipating needs, solving problems and maintaining a positive, friendly attitude in any situation.

Required Qualifications:

  • Display excellent judgment and initiative in stressful situations.
  • Strong multitasking skills and ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Able to solve problems with minimal supervision.
  • Able to perform under pressure and maintain good public relations etiquette.
  • Consistently provide friendly guest service and hospitality.
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft and Google Applications.
  • Core Computer competencies
  • Previous experience with POS ticketing system.
  • Experience handling food and serving drinks in busy, fast-paced scenarios.
  • Must be able to lift/carry up to 50 pounds.

Ability to operate basic audio-visual equipment and willingness to learn to operate more complex cinema projection and sound systems

Required Duties:

  • Requires a very flexible schedule; must be available nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Act as a point of contact for event volunteers.
  • Assist patrons in finding the appropriate theater, their seats, locating the restroom and ADA ramp, and refreshments at the Polk Café.
  • Display a commitment to the Dairy’s mission and standard of excellence.
  • Motivated to anticipate the needs of renters and patrons.
  • Encourage audience engagement with upcoming programs/events.
  • Assist in other tasks assigned by Executive Director or Front of House manager.

The Patron Service Associate position is part-time and starts at $11/hour plus tips. Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter and three references to leadhm@thedairy.org . NO phone calls please.

About the Dairy Arts Center:
The Dairy Arts Center is a 501C3 nonprofit organization.

The Dairy Arts Center connects a dynamic and diverse community to create inspiring and engaging experiences in the performing, cinematic and visual arts.

The Dairy Arts Center provides Equal Employment Opportunity to qualified applicants without regards to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, ability, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, parental status, veteran status, or genetics.

Boedecker Path to Excellence Grants
Our Mission is to provide the community a path to artistic excellence by expanding opportunities to perform at the Dairy and engage new audiences with innovative arts experiences.

Our Goal is to bring new and unique offerings to Boulder in performing arts, cinematic arts, and visual arts that can engage new audiences, expand the horizons of existing audiences, or create new opportunities for emerging artists and arts organizations to present quality work.

2019 Awardees:
The Pavlova Project
AscenDance, “New Heights… Dancing on the Walls that Divide Us”
Ginga, “Americana Meets Brazil”
Museo de las Americas


The Dairy Arts Center’s Visual Arts Program is currently seeking proposals for individual sculptural works of art, for display on the Dairy’s Palmer Terrace.



Founded in 1992, the Dairy Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary, not-for-profit, cultural arts organization housed in the historic Watts-Hardy Dairy building in Boulder, Colorado. The Dairy’s building was operational as a dairy storage and processing plant in the 1960’s and 70’s. Since 1997, when the Dairy Arts Center’s original three galleries were built, the Dairy’s visual arts program has grown in recognition throughout Colorado and the United States. A major renovation of the building, which took place August 2015 – August 2016, provided a fourth gallery along with improved lighting,exhibition facilities, and equipment in the existing galleries. Each year, the Dairy hosts over 200,000 arts experiences for people of all ages who come to experience visual art exhibitions, lectures, and art workshops, as well as theater and music performances and film screenings.

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