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GLEAM, Art in a New Light

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday evenings

August 29 - October 27

If you are a night owl and a people-person, join the GLEAM Volunteer Crew at this cutting edge exhibition featuring site-specific art installations in the outdoor gardens and Bolz Conservatory. For the first time, an art installation will be located in the Thai Garden!

This year the viewing opportunities will be increased from three to four nights weekly: every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night in September and October. Each night of the event, three Indoor Garden Hosts welcome guests in the lobby and engage them in the Bolz Conservatory, and six Outdoor Garden Hosts invite guests to explore and answer guests’ questions outside in the gardens. 

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Positions Needed :

GLEAM volunteerOutdoor Hosts (6 per night): 7-10:30 pm in Sept., 6-9:30 pm in Oct.

  • Invite guests to explore the outdoor gardens
  • Orient them to the route
  • Chat with, listen to, and help guests
  • Enjoy an evening in the gardens
  • Work in pairs-sign up for shifts with a friend!
  • Rotate between three stations

Indoor Hosts (3 per night): 7:15-10:30 pm in Sept., 6:15-9:30 pm in Oct.

  • Rotate between the lobby and Bolz Conservatory every half hour
  • Two volunteers in lobby: extend a warm welcome to guests, offer a GLEAM brochure, encourage departing guests to complete a survey
  • One volunteer in the conservatory: welcome guests as they enter and direct them toward the installation, stroll the conservatory, answer questions, remind guests to stay on pathways

What To Expect:

  • Inspired, fun-loving guests
  • Weather: all kinds
  • An active evening of strolling, standing, and assisting
  • Priceless gratitude from guests
  • Staff support as needed
  • Minimum commitment of at least 2 shifts

To Schedule:

Contact Marty Petillo, Volunteer Services Manager





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Winter Concert Series | Sunday Afternoons through March 31

Cocktails in the Conservatory | March 22

Guided Garden Strolls | Sundays, May 5 - October 13

Plant Sale with the Pros | Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11

Mother's Day Concert | Sunday, May 12

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719