Be a Volunteer Therapist

Be a Volunteer Therapist

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Pedro Reyes, Sanatorium, 2011-Present. Installation view, 2015. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Pedro Reyes, Sanatorium, 2011-Present. Installation view, 2015. Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Be a part of the art!

Sanatorium is a participatory artwork. CAM seeks enthusiastic, dedicated individuals with a passion for contemporary art to participate as volunteer Sanatorium therapists. Take advantage of the opportunity to work directly with the Museum and help bring this project to life.

Throughout the run of the exhibition (May 1–August 16, 2015), volunteer therapists will greet visitors and facilitate activities designed by the artist. After the show closes in August, volunteers will be invited to a special thank-you celebration. The person who contributes the most hours will win a spa treatment, and everyone logging at least forty hours will be entered to win exhibition-themed prizes.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteer therapists administer a series of four daily therapies—Museum of Hypothetical LifetimesCitileaksEx-Voto, and Epitaphs—within the galleries for two-hour shifts: 11:00 am–1:00 pm and 2:00–4:00 pm during open hours (Wednesday–Sunday), with an additional 6:00–8:00 pm shift on Thursdays and Fridays. Learn about the daily treatments here.

Four additional therapies are offered as part of special programs on select evenings and weekends: Vaccine against ViolenceCompatibility Test for CouplesMudras, and Transmigration Express. Volunteer shift times are the same as above. Learn about the special program treatments here.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Volunteers must commit to participate as therapists for a minimum of three two-hour sessions throughout the exhibition (more shifts are highly encouraged). 
  • Volunteers must receive comprehensive training before beginning work as a therapist. 

Volunteer Training

Currently, there are no further group volunteer training dates scheduled. For alternative training arrangements, please contact Alex Elmestad at

Volunteer Shifts

View volunteer openings and register for shifts.


Contact Alex Elmestad at / 314.535.0770 x221 for more information and to make alternative training arrangements.