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Are you a photographer or artist living in Southeast Ohio? Does the Athens Photo Project appeal to your core values? Consider becoming a volunteer.

As a class volunteer, you can share your love of photography with a talented group of new, emerging, and established artists who have made creativity and self-expression a cornerstone of their lives and mental health support.

Our program brings together educational photography classes, peer support and community art exhibitions to create new avenues for:

  • arts skill building
  • community contribution
  • mental health advocacy


Photographers and artists (including university students) living in Southeast Ohio are encouraged to serve as class volunteers where you will serve on a teaching team with a lead instructor and peer mentors.

No prior experience in behavioral health is required to volunteer. We provide training and will work alongside you through ongoing mentoring.

Volunteers support the instructor, lead small groups, prepare photo history slideshows, provide camera instruction, view and respond to artwork created in classes and most importantly, provide one-on-one support for artists.

Class volunteers are vital to our mission. They ensure that we are maintaining a dynamic, inclusive and art-centered program.

How to Apply:

  1. Send us an email with a copy of your resume and a link to your digital portfolio (if available). Include a brief statement that describes your interest in volunteering.
  2. We will contact you to schedule a studio tour and in person meeting with our director and a peer mentor so you can learn more about our program.
  3. After the initial tour, you can schedule an orientation at Athens Photo Project and register to volunteer in one of our 30-week classes. We require a background check within two weeks of orientation. Please note, our 30-week photography class schedule coincides closely with the academic calendar at Ohio University, so there may be a gap in time between acceptance and your start date.

To set up an initial studio tour please contact:

Nate Thomson
Executive Director
(740) 818-3624