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Surrey Art Gallery Children's Art Program Assistants - About becoming a CAPA (Children's Art Program Assistant)

As a result of measures to limit the spread of the novel corona virus (COVID-19) the Gallery is currently closed to the public, programs and exhibitions have been suspended, and all volunteer shifts have been cancelled. We invite you to explore the Gallery's online programming series - Art Together as an alternative to visiting our physical space and to consider volunteering once we're able to resume the program. 
Children’s Art Program Assistants (CAPA) 
Learn about leadership and working with children. Volunteer lead games, organize studios, and assist the artists in studio art programs. This occurs at weekly art classes in the evenings or on the weekends or during week long, all day camps.
• Contribute to a positive learning environment
• Inspire children and assist them with their projects
• Welcome participants and help with course sign-in
• Supervise participants during breaks and activities
• Communicate with the instructor and gallery staff if issues arise or in the case of an emergency
• Provide feedback by completing a program evaluation
• Understand and follow Surrey Art Gallery guidelines
Your qualifications
• A passion for art
• Enjoy working with children
• Great communication and people skills
• Enjoy contributing to a team and be able to work independently
• Undergo an RCMP security clearance 
• Are 14 years of age or older
What you will learn 
• Learn what it takes to inspire kids to make great art!
• Learn from experienced artists and instructors
• Develop leadership skills
• Gain insight into teaching and education
• Discover new art making techniques
• Gain experience working with children
• Be involved in a vital community – make a real contribution to the arts
• Meet people and make new friends
• Receive a letter of reference
• Get a 10% discount at the SAGA Gift Shop
• Contact Chris Dawson-Murphy, Volunteer Coordinator: 604-501-5198 |

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Monday - Evening, Through the night
  • Tuesday - Evening, Through the night
  • Wednesday - Evening, Through the night
  • Thursday - Evening, Through the night
  • Friday - Evening, Through the night
  • Saturday - All Day
  • Sunday - All Day

About Surrey Art Gallery

The Surrey Art Gallery is the second largest public art gallery in the Metro Vancouver region. Internationally recognized, the Gallery showcases diverse artistic practices, including digital and audio art, by local, national and international artists. Gallery interpretive programs include talks, symposia, demonstrations, workshops and school programs with artists, educators and other specialists.

The Surrey Art Gallery recognizes that our building is situated on the unceded traditional lands of the Salish Peoples including the Katzie, Kwantlen, Musqueam, Semiahmoo, Stó:lō, and Tsawwassen Nations.

Mandate & Goals

Surrey Art Gallery's mission is to engage the public in an ongoing dialogue about issues and ideas that affect our numerous communities, as expressed through contemporary art, and to provide opportunities for the public to interact with artists and the artistic process. It accomplishes these aims through exhibitions, programs, and publications of contemporary art. To meet its mandate, the Surrey Art Gallery also acquires, manages, researches, preserves, and exhibits work from its contemporary art collection, held in trust for present and future citizens of the City of Surrey. The Gallery focuses on contemporary art made since 1975.

The purpose of the Gallery is to facilitate learning about, and understanding and enjoyment of, contemporary art practice. To achieve these goals, the Gallery intends to be:

  • a public forum for conversation about ideas and issues that affect both visual arts and the community at large,
  • a centre for reflection, learning and the sharing of knowledge and experience,
  • a place where, through the medium of art, the community can engage in personal, internal dialogues as well as conversations with others about subjects that affect their lives.