Great Performances. Great People. Give the gift of time!

Our volunteers play an important role at The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust by providing support and leadership for our programs, projects and activities. Comprised of people of all ages and backgrounds, our corps of volunteers works to strengthen community awareness and public appreciation for the Trust, contribute to its financial strength, and provide vital support services to its staff.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. To complete your Volunteer Application Form online, you will be directed to a new site powered by Better Impact, where you can create or log into an existing account.


Volunteer Mission Statement

Our priority is to help others enjoy the beautiful gift of art by creating a warm atmosphere and unforgettable experiences that excite and attract diverse audiences again and again to our venues and festivals. The Cultural Trust’s community of volunteers supports and cultivates an environment where all feel welcome to enjoy performing, visual, and public art.

Volunteer Vision Statement

We will provide a professional, first in-class guest experience for every visitor. Our volunteers and the outstanding service they provide to the community will be one of the many reasons people continue to frequent Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

Through a more inclusive group of volunteers, we will strive to connect with all persons by creating a place where both volunteers and guests feel comfortable, accepted, and valued. We aspire to provide all with a fulfilling and gratifying experience in the arts.

Our volunteers will promote a strong sense of pride, community awareness, and public appreciation for the Cultural Trust by creating and enhancing relationships both within the Cultural District and beyond.

Volunteer Values

We believe...

  • the arts should be accessible and enjoyable for all.
  • volunteers are an important reflection of diversity within our Cultural Trust family, where all are welcome.
  • in excellence and the commitment to high standards for superior guest service.
  • in respect, empathy, dignity, and trust in our interactions with all.
  • that through an appreciation of the arts and culture, people have the power to enrich their lives and improve the quality of life for others within the community.


Volunteers may participate in a broad spectrum of programs and activities depending on their interests and flexible options accommodate each volunteer's personal schedule. Daytime or evening, weekday, or weekend. There's often an activity to fit any schedule.

Volunteers may participate in activities in the following areas:

  • Performance Support
  • Festival Support
  • Children’s Activities Support
  • Gallery Attendant Program
  • Docent Program
  • Programmatic-specific Support, including assisting with various departmental needs

Giving is Rewarding. Becoming a volunteer makes you a part of theTrust family. As you share your talents and interests with fellow volunteers, you also learn more about the inner workings of the theater, its programs, and its role in the community.

Some of the other benefits include tickets to performances and an invitation to volunteer recognition celebrations.

Latest Good News

Check out some recent highlights from the Volunteer Services newsletter — Good News — which shares highlights and stories from throughout the Trust's volunteer family.

May 23, 2023 – John Mellencamp – Carol W.

Went to the John Mellencamp concert and all we got were these silly armbands! LOL, for about 5 minutes we were fill-ins in the fourth row from the stage.

two white women in black suits smile and hold out wristbands they are wearing

May 26 – Beyond the Stage Awards Ceremony – Vinay T.

We successfully concluded the first year of the Beyond the Stage program, which saw more than 20 CAPA students volunteer with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for a school year — with a final awards ceremony meeting where the students met with CEO Kendra Ingram. In total, the students committed 1456.583 hours as volunteers. That averages out to approximately 60 hours per student in just 8 months (Sept 2022 – May 2023). Students volunteered for over 60 different events at the Benedum, Byham, Liberty Magic, Art Galleries, Gallery Crawls, the Children’s Theater Festival, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Humanities Festival, and even the UPMC Rink at PPG Place!

a group of high school students stand in a line a smile

June 2, 2023 – KANSAS – Emily B.

The team tonight did a really great job with the pre-show event. Everybody helping out (Diane, Rachel, Mary and Amanda) was extremely willing to roll with the punches and do whatever was needed to make the event happen.

June 3, 2023 – Pride Festival Volunteers - Jonathan F.

Just wanted to send along a huge thank you the volunteers: Kathleen, Mali, Dawn, Deb, Deb, & Dana. I leaned on them hard, it was busy, chaotic at times, and hot, and they were all smiles, helpful, and kind to all the festival goers. There’s no way this booth would have been successful without them – I hope they had a good time and felt valuable, because each of them were rockstars. Special shoutout to Deb B. for her staying from start to end – so grateful to her and her generous donation of her time and energy!

a busy outdoor popup tent. two women in blue t-shirts smile and look at the camera

June 2-11, 2023 – Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival - Vinay T.

If I were to capture every single comment and moment I personally witnessed, along with everything you all reported to me, we'd have to publish a "TRAF Good News" book! We successfully gave away every single Dollar Bank tote bag, captured a lot of survey feedback, and so much more.

a large group of people all wearing blue t-shirts stand in a line a smile

five people wearing blue t-shirts stand together and smile

five people wearing blue t-shirts stand together and smile

Questions? Please email volunteer@trustarts.org or contact us by mail at:

Benedum Center
Attn: Volunteer Office
719 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222