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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for SDA. Our committees are a great way to meet other SDA members across the country. All meetings take place via video conference on laptop or telephone, at a time convenient to all committee members. The workload on standard committees is very manageable.

SDA standing committees include:

Board + Executive Board

Conferences +Programming





Grants & Awards




Other committees, like Conference + Programming and Nominating, operate when needed. If you are interested in joining a committee, complete the form below.

SDA Board + Executive Board*

  • Provides leadership to SDA
  • Board members serve three years and also serve on at least one committee
  • Meets monthly via teleconference

*Executive Board includes, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Director

Skill sets especially useful include: fundraising, membership, leadership, collaboration and networking. We seek candidates from diverse communities, international members and emerging artists. For more information, please contact SDA President.

Conference Committee

  • Helps with programming and operational details for our biennial conferences
  • Meets monthly until conference planning concludes
  • Provides on-site support during the conference

Education Committee

  • Works on issues relating to students and higher education
  • Oversees annual Future Tense student exhibition and Outstanding Student Awards
  • Helps with student programming for annual conference

Exhibitions Committee

  • Assists with SDA Annual Juried Member Exhibitions, SDA Quarterly Online Exhibitions, SDA Small Works all-member Exhibition
  • Assists with posting calls for entry and news releases

Fundraising/Development Committee

  • Guides annual fundraising and development strategies including Annual Appeal and Grants
  • Meets monthly

Membership Committee

  • Stewards Membership and regional groups
  • Reaches out to regional and international members
  • Brainstorms new membership initiatives
  • Helps with regional newsletters. Meets monthly.

Finance Committee

  • Reviews SDA’s finances monthly
  • Provides guidance on fiscal strategies and procedures

Grants & Awards Committee

  • Reviews and selects awards and grants including Personal Development, Creative Promise, Socially Engaged Practices, Small Event and SDA Award of Excellence.

Nominating Committee

  • Help identify candidates for SDA Board and future leadership positions
  • Meets as needed for 3 months annually

Website Committee

  • Oversees content changes and enhancements to the website.
  • Meets monthly and via email

Have an idea of your own? Let us know! Use Contact Form below