Volunteer Opportunities

Textile Center would not exist without the generosity, commitment and talent of our volunteers. It is a creative and vibrant community of artists and enthusiasts who share their skills, help us fulfill our mission and allow us to offer incredible programming for the community.  If you are interested, please fill out the form below, or feel free to email Sharon, our Volunteer Coordinator, at smulhollam@textilecentermn.org.

Garage Sale

Our annual Garage Sale happens on the second weekend of April at the UMN ReUse Center.  Over 200 volunteers receive, sort, and price mountains of donated fabric, yarn, and other fiber art supplies over the 3 day event.  Volunteer signups open at the beginning of February.

Dye Garden

We are revamping our natural dye garden surrounding the building, and we need volunteers to help!  Work days will be scheduled throughout the summer, and will include digging, planting, weeding, and watering.


Are you a photographer looking for experience? We are looking for a volunteer photographer for gallery openings, classes, and other events.


Textile Center is home to the nation’s largest circulating library of textile-related books and periodicals, and we depend on volunteers to make it happen. Duties include assisting patrons with finding books and checking out materials. If you like meeting interesting people working on fascinating fiber projects, you’ll love your time in the library.  Weekday, evening, and Saturday shifts are available.

Gallery Prep

Help install works by leading and emerging fiber artists! Textile Center has approximately 1,800 square feet of exhibition space and all of it turns over multiple times each year! It takes a tremendous amount of work to install and deinstall each exhibition, and we are grateful to our group of dedicated and talented gallery volunteers who make it all happen.

We’re looking for enthusiastic people to join our team of exhibition volunteers. We need people that don’t mind spackling, sanding, and painting walls.

Volunteer Application