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.

What to expect:

  1. After submitting the volunteer interest form, your name and contact information will be added to our database and you will begin to receive our monthly volunteer newsletter.
  2.  Newsletters go out at the end of the previous month and contain a calendar of upcoming volunteer shifts that you can sign up for via SignUp.com. Depending on when you sign up, you may not receive volunteer opportunities until the following month. 
  3. In the meantime, please review the volunteer job descriptions here so you know what to expect.
  4. Please reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteercoordinator@thedairy.org if you have questions about volunteering or if you would like to set up a meeting at the Dairy before your first volunteer shift.
  5. Volunteer & attend events! Depending on availability, once your volunteer shift ends, the Dairy invites all volunteers to attend a performance or film with one complimentary ticket that evening/afternoon or for a future event. Some restrictions may apply.
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.

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>>

Patron Services Manager

The Patron Services Manager is responsible for leading the Patron Services Department of the Dairy Arts Center, consisting of all part-time Box Office, Cinema, Cafe, House Management and Special Events staff. The Patron Services Manager is considered a member of the Patron Services team, directly supervising part time staff, working actively in the front of the house in the evenings either in a support role or filling shifts as needed, helps create and implement policies and procedures to ensure all events are appropriately staffed, and provides excellent customer service to the patrons and renters of the Dairy. This position works closely with the Dairy’s leadership team and supports all events, adhering to other departments budget needs.

Management (80%):
Help recruit and hire Patron Services Staff
Develop training practices and standards and execute consistent training for Patron Services Staff
Directly supervises and serves as the lead contact for part time staff
Knowledgeable about upcoming events and on-going operations in relation to front of house expectations and communicates specific needs to Patron Services Staff
Foster positive relationships, clear channels of communication and engagement opportunities
between patron services staff members and all Dairy Arts Center constituents
Consistently provide friendly guest service and hospitality to Dairy Arts Center patrons, clients, artists, and supporters
Act as a point of contact for event volunteers
Verify coverage for all open shifts and fill in as needed
Remains on the floor to direct staff during busiest times and supports Patron Services Staff and the last staff member on site during performance nights
Initiates disciplinary action when necessary
Maintains and manages positive client, vendor and patron relationships
Maintain safety and service standards

Administration (20%):
Create schedule for all Patron Services staff according to the requirements of each performance and event
Help plan and execute Patron Services staff meetings
Attend regular, weekly production meetings
Create and distribute ‘Sage Page ’containing specific event related information to house managers for each event
Create end of shift reports to share with leadership staff
Assist in other tasks assigned by Events Manager or Operations Manager

Knowledge, skills and abilities, and personal characteristics:
Must display a commitment to the Dairy’s mission and standard of excellence
Appreciation for performing, cinematic, musical, and visual arts
Minimum 1-2 years experience in the hospitality industry
1-2 years management experience, preferred
Previous experience with CRM, POS, and ticketing software; Spektrix and Square software experience preferred
Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace
Comfortable learning job related skills primarily through observation and on-the-job training
Motivated to anticipate the needs of renters and patrons
Able to perform under pressure and maintain good public relations etiquette
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Team player is a must!
Ability to give clear instructions, prioritizes tasks, and solves problems with minimal supervision.
CPR, First Aid and AED certifications are a plus
TIPS Training required (provided by organization)

Working Conditions:
The Patron Services Manager will work out of the Dairy Arts Center located at 2590 Walnut Street.
Expected office hours Wednesday – Sunday from 2PM – close.
Must be comfortable adhering and enforcing the Dairy Arts Center’s COVID-19 Event Protocols
Expected to lift up to 25 lbs and occasionally lift and/or move more than 25 lbs with assistance
Expected to stand and/or walk for up to 8 hours excluding designated lunch and break periods
Must have a valid Colorado Driver’s license.

This is a full-time, salaried position, averaging 40 hours a week, starting at $40,000 including vacation, PTO and health benefits
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Shay Wescott, Operations Manager at swescott@thedairy.org

Part Time Seasonal Patron Services Associate

Job Overview 

The Seasonal Part-time Patron Services Associate is responsible for providing excellent customer service to all patrons and renters of the Dairy Arts Center. Patron Service Associates will be expected to serve the Dairy Arts Center in various events throughout the summer by providing assistance with logistical, planning, operational, and registration services. Duties will include house management, box office, concessions, event set/strike, and administrative services on-site within the Dairy Arts Center and including the Dairy’s summer “Backporch” and “Drive-In” series and “Arts in the Park” at the Boulder Bandshell.

This is a seasonal, part-time, non exempt, non benefited position beginning June 1, 2021 through September 1, 2021. Seasonal Part Time Parton Services Associate starts at $15/hr.

Customer Service & Administrative Responsibilities

  • Act as an ambassador to patrons for the Dairy Arts Center
  • Communicate policies, procedures and other pertinent information to patrons and renters
  • General office and clerical duties including: answering phones, greeting guests, directing traffic, responding to emails, and producing & updating reports

Event Management Responsibilities

  • Provide on‐site logistics management and assistance
  • Set-up and breakdown elements of public events including but not limited to, signage, lighting, event supplies, linens, decor and more.
  • Communicate event information to patrons, renters, performers, fellow staff members, and any other relevant event partners
  • Assist with on‐site ticketing and concessions services to include cashier and alcoholic beverage service 
  • Provide on‐call assistance and potential extended hours in order to accommodate larger or more complicated events


  • Must be able to work weekends, evenings and some holidays in a variety of environments including, but not limited to indoors, outdoors, various weather conditions and non-air-conditioned spaces
  • Work assignments will include events Friday, Saturday and Sunday  
  • Must be knowledgeable of State and County guidelines in regards to COVID-19
  • Must be comfortable adhering and enforcing the Dairy Arts Center’s COVID-19 Event Protocols
  • Expected to lift up to 25 lbs and occasionally lift and/or move more than 25 lbs with assistance
  • Expected to stand and/or walk for up to 8 hours excluding designated lunch and break periods
  • Comfortable learning job related skills primarily through observation and on-the-job training
  • Ability and enthusiasm for working both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritize and problem solve with minimal supervision 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and strong interpersonal skills

Desired Skills

  • 1+ year in the special event, catering, hotel or restaurant business preferred
  • TIPS certified preferred but will train
  • Previous experience with CRM, POS, and ticketing software; Spektrix and Square software experience preferred
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace
  • Appreciation for performing, cinematic, musical, and visual arts.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Vonda Neely, Front of House Manager, at vneely@thedairy.org. No phone calls, please.

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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MARCH 2020

As of today, 3/12/2020, The Dairy Arts Center remains open and operational. Should scheduling changes occur, ticket holders will be directly notified by The Dairy Arts Center.

If you have a question about an event please contact the presenting arts organization. For films, Dairy Presents and all other questions contact the Box Office at 303.440.7826