Nonprofit Partner Spotlight: Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

Have you ever been to a place so magical that you felt like you’d been transported to a

This docent leads Cheekwood vistors on a tour.

far-away land? Nashville is fortunate to have such a place in our very own back yard. People go to Cheekwood to explore beautiful gardens, discover art, stimulate the mind, and nurture the spirit. Next time you visit this Nashville treasure, be on the lookout for the dedicated people that help enrich visitors’ experiences: the volunteers. You’ll find them sharing the estate’s history, leading tours of the gardens and Museum of Art, hosting an exhibit, assisting with classes, supporting activities, reading at story time, or helping to put on a special event. As one Cheekwood volunteer says, “it has been a ‘time-flies-when-you’re-having-fun’ experience. The years have flown by, filled with the fun of being trained by the capable staff, giving tours of beautiful and thought-provoking exhibits, and getting to know the other volunteers.” Spring volunteer opportunities at Cheekwood are plentiful, just like the flowers! If you would enjoy helping to bring Cheekwood to life for guests, read on…

A couple of Cheekwood youth volunteers working on an art project.

Cheekwood in Bloom: Each Saturday in April brings special activities, all showcasing Cheekwood’s gardens in prime time. During each of these weekends, Cheekwood will offer arts and activity stations and a story time for young guests and their families to enjoy. Volunteers will assist at each activity, and will also help with guest check-in at Visitor Services, greeting visitors, and distributing information.

Summer Camp: Cheekwood’s summer arts camp runs June 4 through August 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both interns and camp volunteers are needed. Camp volunteers must be 15 or older, and interns should be at least 18.

Read more and sign up to volunteer for these fun activities.

Members of Nashville Hiking Meetup work on the Sculpture Trail.

There are also PLENTY of ongoing volunteer opportunities for a variety of interests, including:
Green thumbs: Garden volunteers work alongside Cheekwood garden staff from 8 to 10 a.m. twice a week, assisting with the project of the day.
Art and garden enthusiasts: Museum docents and garden guides bring Cheekwood’s art and grounds to life for guests. Docents and guides are required to complete extensive training and conduct a minimum of two tours per month. The next training will begin in late summer.
Those who love introducing kids to art: Tuesdays for Tots is held every Tuesday (except June to August) from 10 a.m. to noon. These popular drop-in classes for toddlers and young children offer mornings of art adventures. Volunteers assist the instructor and participants in the activity of the day.
Those who love helping others: Shuttle cart drivers transport Cheekwood visitors between building sites. Drivers serve two-hour shifts and must be 21 with a clean driving record.

Interested in getting involved in one of these ongoing volunteer opportunities? Please contact Barbara Petersen at volunteers@cheekwood.org or call (615) 353-6966.

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