Service Opportunities

Arts and Engagement Project

The Arts and Engagement Project works with schools in the Durham area to create opportunities that are not integrated into their normal curriculum. Student volunteers utilize arts to explore history, cultural traditions, beliefs, and values of selected world regions. We want to create a new perspective for both the Duke students acting as teachers and mentors and the participating Durham students.


ArtsConnect is a service organization that seeks to interest and engage elementary-age children in the Durham community through the arts. Members design lesson plans which are implemented during weekly hour-long workshops at afterschool programs (currently at the Emily K Center and West End Community Center). These lesson plans aim to create a fun, exciting opportunity for the kids to gain hands-on experience through various art forms such as music, dance, theater, visual arts, and creative writing.

Health Arts Network at Duke

The Health Arts Network at Duke is part of the Arts & Health at Duke program. Their mission is two-fold: to improve the quality of stay of patients in the Duke Medical Center through arts and humanities, and to provide students with a venue in which to express their artistic talents while impacting the greater community. They are a student group of volunteers who go room to room at Duke Hospital and reach patients in a variety of creative ways, encompassing both the performing and visual arts. Some of their members play piano in the lobby, others play guitar and sing in patient rooms. They are even attempting to incorporate poetry readers. It is always an uplifting experience — nothing means more than the simple gratitude from patients and being able to soothe them for a short while.

All interested Duke students are eligible to participate in the program as volunteers. This is a great chance for you to demonstrate your dedication to helping others via your artistic passions. To find out more about the Health Arts Network at Duke, email for information and complete application.


Kidznotes is a music for social change program that engages students pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade in an intense, fully integrated, out-of-school musical program that includes instrumental instruction, choir, music theory, general music, orchestra, and band. Our classes are taught by Teaching Artists (TAs), professional musicians, and music teachers who are committed to teaching young students. The program operates 10 hours per week, 40 weeks a year, and in a 3-4 week Summer Camp.

Envisioned as an educational and community enrichment program based on the El Sistema model and adapted to the local realities of the communities we serve, Kidznotes provides instruction free-of-charge to interested children in the lowest-income neighborhoods of Durham and Raleigh. Like El Sistema, the teaching approach of Kidznotes is that everyone can learn music, and that love of the children comes first, the music second. To instill self-esteem in the children, teachers emphasize the value of each child.

Durham Partner Schools:

  • Club Boulevard Elementary
  • Eastway Elementary
  • E.K. Powe Elementary
  • Maureen Joy Charter School
  • Y.E. Smith Elementary
  • Holton Career and Resource Center (Durham nucleo)

Volunteer Opportunities:

  1. Ushers and Greeters at events
  2. Kidznotes Ambassadors: The Kidznotes Ambassador will represent Kidznotes at events and programs hosted for and/or by Kidznotes. Your duties will include, but are not limited to, passing out fliers, collecting contact information from potential donors and signing individuals up for our e-newsletter and other Kidznotes correspondents.
  3. On-site volunteers at the Raleigh and Durham Nucleo: Your duties will include working with the on-site coordinator and teaching staff. You will be responsible for helping with registration, monitoring the classroom, monitoring and serving snack, monitoring the hallways and bathrooms and helping to unload the bus.
  4. Teaching Volunteers: Your duties will include assisting the teaching staff with instruction time or instructing a class as needed.
  5. Nucleo Administrative Assistant: Your duties will be to assist the Program Director as needed.
  6. Office Administrative Assistant: Your duties will be to assist in the Kidznotes main office. These duties include answering the phone, filing, writing thank you cards, picking up mail, passing out fliers and delivering instrument donations to the Nucleo.
  7. Volunteer Grant Writers: Your duties will be to help with grant writing (proven experience required).