Art of Burning Man Volunteers

Would you like to be involved with our summer exhibition, The Art of Burning Man?

Explore the different ways to have a valuable role in this special exhibition by volunteering or participating in one of our events.

Volunteer Opportunities

Burning Man Installation Volunteer

  • Installation volunteers will work directly with the artist teams to install outdoor works of art
  • Installation takes place Friday May 26 through Friday, June 2, 2017
  • Installation volunteers must attend one training session (details below)

    Sign up for Installation Shifts Here!

    Volunteers are strongly encouraged to sign up for multiple full-day shifts to minimize training time and to ensure a smooth installation process.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside Burning Man artists and to contribute to the first exhibition dedicated to the art of Burning Man!

    *To sign up for a FULL-DAY shift, please select both the 9am-12 pm shift and the 1-5 pm shift for that particular day.  Lunch will be provided to all FULL-DAY volunteers between 12 pm -1 pm.
    Once you have signed up for installation you will receive a confirmation email from our Volunteer Coordinator along with a Volunteer Waver and more details.

Volunteer Burning Man Docent

  • Volunteer Docents will be on site during special events to engage visitors and provide them with specific information about each artwork in the exhibition. 
  • Docents will help visitors understand the artist’s meaning behind a piece, the installation process, materials used in a piece, and more. 
  • Because of the exhibition’s emphasis on visitor participation the Hermitage is looking for enthusiastic, energetic volunteer docents who will be excited to interact with visitors!
  • The Hermitage seeks dedicated volunteer docents able to participate in multiple events throughout the exhibition

    Those interested in becoming a volunteer docent must attend one training session (details below)

Docent shifts will be available at each of our special Burning Man events listed below
Please note--more events may be added and schedule is subject to change—shift times, sign up list, and more details available soon!

Events and Dates
The Art of Burning Man will open at a ticketed party on Saturday, June 3, 2017 and will end with a closing party on October 14. Ticket sales will begin May 1. Visitors will be able to view the exhibit during the day Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at night during special evening events, and during Burning Man Nights:

Exhibit Opening Party - Saturday, June 3
Burning Man Nights - Thursday evenings, 7-10pm
June 15, 29; July 13, 27; every Thursday August 10-October 13
Burning Man Weekend - August 12-13
Closing Party - Friday, October 14

Volunteer Event Hosts

Throughout the run of The Art of Burning Man, the Hermitage will host a number of special events (please see dates listed above) to support the show.  During these events, we will need volunteers to help us with various tasks such as greeting visitors, assisting staff at the bar, providing directions, etc.  Volunteering during these events offers a wonderful opportunity to participate in the exhibition and experience the programming as well! No training is required to volunteer for events. 

Shift sign up will be available soon but if you are interested in becoming a Volunteer host, please email


Volunteer Training

Those interested in volunteering for installation or to be a docent MUST attend one training session at the Hermitage Museum.

Tuesday, May 2 at 11:00AM- Installation Volunteers
Tuesday May 2 at 12:30PM- Exhibition Docents

Saturday, May 6 at 11:00AM- Installation Volunteers
Saturday, May 6 at 12:30PM- Exhibition Docents

RSVP for Training Here

Please note that the training on May 2 will be the same as the training on May 6- you only need to attend one day. Volunteers are encouraged to attend both the installation and docent training if interested. Training will take place at The Hermitage Museum. For more information about Volunteering for The Art of Burning Man please contact


Submit an Activity Proposal!

The Hermitage will host a number of special events throughout the run of this exhibition (please see dates above) and are inviting artists, Burners, Burner groups, organizations and individuals to get involved and to submit proposals for interactive contributions that will enhance the experience of visiting this exhibition during our special events.  These contributions would be similar to theme camp offerings during the Burning Man event.  Please see information below for more details.

Deadline for proposal submission:  May 31, 2017
More details and application here
For more information please contact Melissa Ball, Public Programs Manager at