Living together in the community through the arts

Since its founding in 1953, Allens Lane Art Center has been a cornerstone of the Mt. Airy community by bringing the residents together to participate in and enjoy the arts.  Whether its art classes for children or adults, amazing art exhibitions or cutting edge plays on the mainstage, there is something for everyone at Allens Lane.

601 West Allens Lane ~ Philadelphia, PA 19119 ~ p: 215.248.0546 f: 215.248.0559


Get Involved

Allens Lane Art Center loves our volunteers. Whether you have skills in office administration, or just interested in helping us with our gallery, theater or building, we are interested in having you donate some of your valuable time and would like to hear from you. When you volunteer, we provide training so that you understand your position, general information about the center, and relevant artist/performance information. We understand that your time is valuable so we have made some positions very time specific while other jobs are much more open ended depending on your schedule. If you have a skill that you would like to bring to Allens Lane Art Center but don't see anything listed? Please contact us and let us know! We are happy to have our community arts center as a focal point of your community! To ensure that your time, energy and skills are put to good use, please take a moment to look over the list of available volunteer positions below and then fill out the form at the bottom of this page and let us know which position interests you. We will add your name to our volunteer email list and you will receive various notices for project assistants that you can respond to. Thank you.

Please send us your email address so that we can send you opportunities to volunteer at the Center. We only email about once a month with opportunities. This is a seperate email from our bi-monthly newsletter. We respect your privacy and do not share this list.
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Available Volunteer Positions


Allens Lane Art Center is gearing up for its giant annual fundraiser - A Night of the Arts - on June 10, 2017 (6 - 9pm) and we need your help to make this event a success. Like in previous years, we're building a small army of volunteers to help out and we'd love to have you on our team. We have a wide variety of volunteer positions and we'd love to hear from you about which roll you'd like to fill. All volunteers are provided training for their job. We will be having an all volunteer meeting on the night before the big event so we can make sure you're well trained to do your job, get a chance to meet the other volunteers, learn about all the specifics of the event so you can be a true ambassador of the Art Center, plus, we'll even feed you that evening! We are in need of:

• 2 Catering Assistants - These volunteers will work with the caterer to help prepare the food stations in the center and will help keep them supplied throughout the night.
• 2 Parking Attendants - We need volunteers to help make sure people can get in and out of our parking lot safely and to also help give directions to alternative spots once our lot is full.
• 3 Greeters/Check-In Volunteers - A big smile and a warm welcome is what we are looking for. Help sign people in, give them instruction on what to do and help hand out materials to each of our guests.
• 5 Decorations Crew - The day before the big event, we need people to help decorate the center. We'll be setting up the center to make sure it looks it's best and turn it into a real party atmosphere! Everything from flower arranging to setting up art stations!
• 4 Bartenders - Nothing fancy. We just need people who can pour drinks (wine, beer, water and soda) to help keep our guest well hydrated.
• 2 Photographers - Got a good camera or cell phone? We'd love to get some people whose job it is to just walk around that evening and take candid photos of all our guests.
• 2 Silent Auction Checkout Volunteers - We need people who are good at the little details who can help make sales transactions for items that people win in our silent auctions. We will provide training on how exactly we need to help our guests purchase small items as well as helping them safely pack up those items for transport.
• 10 Artist Assistants - We need a variety of volunteers who can help our performing and visual artists as they entertain and instruct our guests on special projects. From helping our guests make party masks, painting tiles or pinch pots to assisting our guests onto the stage into our theater, we'd love to have your help. For those who are extroverts, we also need some volunteers to be our "barkers" who will help the masses of guests move along from venue to venue.
• 2 Ticket Sellers - We need 2 outgoing volunteers who can help sell 50-50 tickets that evening to help us raise a little more money. Persuasive sales people who can talk people into parting with their money go to the head of the line.

To volunteer for any of these jobs or to learn more about volunteering at this event, please email our Volunteer Coordinator - Mary Jane Kinney at Be sure to send along your contact information so we can reach you

Allens Lane Theater

The Theater Committee is looking for individuals who can volunteer as ushers for our theater performances. Ushers are asked to arrive one hour prior to the start of the performance and stay until the show closes. Ushers get to see the plays for free (unless the show is sold out). Ushers are also invited to attend the opening night receptions for the cast/crew following the first performance

OPPORTUNITY - \For a full list of plays, play descriptions, subscription and ticket information and all things Allens Lane Theater, we encourage you to look at our season listing here.
Each play that we produce will have 9 performances and we will need at least 2 to 3 volunteers for each play to act as ushers.  This is where you come in.  If you see a date (or dates) that work best for you to usher, pleaes let us know of your interest.  We need ushers on Fridays and Saturdays to arrive no later than 6:45pm and 12:45pm on Sundays and report to Lisa in the box office for your assignment and training.  There will be a House Manager on duty as well to help guide you through your experience.  Of course, all volunteers get to stay and see the play for free!
Once you have selected the date(s) you will be available to volunteer, I ask that you please email me ( with your name, your phone number and the date that you want. We will email you back with a confirmation of your request and then will put your name on our online volunteer calendar so that you can always confirm which date you are scheduled for ( )
Thank you and we very much look forward to seeing you at the Center this year.

Theater Set Builders
Can you swing a hammer? Can you put up walls and paint? Allens Lane Theater would like to talk with you about  getting your help to construct new theater sets for our upcoming seasons. We are looking for people that can work with directors and set designers to construct walls, doors, windows and stairs and then to paint and finish them to help support our theater productions.  There is much flexibility on the times for construction but there are deadlines for completion as well. We would love to meet you at the center to talk about how you might be able to help us. If you are interested, please call us at 215-248-0546 or email us at Thank you..

Events Committee

Committee Members
We're looking for volunteers to help join our Events Committee. This committee will be responsible for organizing and running our annual fundraising events each year. We need people with a variety of skills and connections
. We are also looking for people who would be able to help us with registration, greeters, bar tending, and pitching in to help set up and break down our facility for special events.

Facility - Maintenance

General Help
We love our newly refurbished building and so do many of you. We want it looking it's best for a long time to come. We need your help with everything from painting to cleaning. Many, many, many people use our facility so we need to keep on top of it. General carpentry skills and having your own tools are a plus but not necessary.

Office Administration

Looking for accurate and responsible people to help with imputting data into databases as well as general office assistance. We need someone who can come in each week (or every other week) during the day to help with a variety of needs.