Service Series: Adrienne Arsht Center


In the second installment of this series, we talk about volunteering at the Adrienne Arsht Center. If you have ever been to a performance there, you may have noticed the army of ushers helping guests around the performance hall and to their seats. Did you know that all these people in green vests are volunteers? You could be one of them!

What you do: The main job for volunteers is ushering people to their seats, helping people to restrooms during intermission, and making sure there is no cellphone use during the show. For this you will need to attend a preliminary orientation so that you will learn the way the seats are numbered, how to properly hand out a program, etc…

Where: Performances take place both at the concert hall and the ballet opera house. Both of these are in Downtown Miami, accessible through public transportation, and not too far from DASH.

How often: There are shows almost every day of the week. At the beginning of each season you are able to reserve a spot for the shows you would like to work, which makes the schedule very flexible.

Fun Rating: The volunteer staff is primarily of the elderly persuasion, but that doesn’t make the work any less fun. Even if you aren’t into bonding with seniors, getting to watch the shows is a huge perk. Mind you, it is impossible to see an entire show in one volunteer session, but you can work a certain performance for two or three days running and eventually see the entire thing. Not to mention the fact that volunteers get free a set of free tickets once they hit seventy hours. If you have any interest in Broadway, jazz, theater or opera, this is the volunteer job for you.