Doors Open Minneapolis is a weekend-long event that allows the public free, behind-the-scenes access to buildings in the City of Minneapolis that are architecturally, culturally, or socially significant. The inaugural event will take place May 18–19, 2019. Over 100 venues have applied to participate.

Doors Open Minneapolis would love AIA Minnesota members to volunteer and help make this event a success.

AIA Minneapolis, AIA Minnesota, and the Minnesota Architectural Foundation have been working with the Mayor’s office and other civic and community partners on planning efforts for this important event. 

We will need Venue Greeters, Lead Volunteers, and Subject Matter Expert Volunteers to make this event a success.

Greeters will be the faces of Doors Open Minneapolis, greeting visitors at venues and ensuring they have a fun and informative experience. Sign up to be a Greeter here.

Lead Volunteers will keep the weekend running smoothly by making sure volunteers have the supplies and information they need. Lead Volunteers will also help with pre-event set-up and tear-down.

Subject Matter Experts will be familiar with a specific venue, and are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with the public through conversation and tours.

Shifts will vary based on volunteer role. Most DOM buildings will be open for viewing/touring from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Training sessions will be mandatory for volunteers. Those interested in Lead Volunteer or Subject Matter Expert roles may be asked to go through an interview process.

Volunteers who fulfill their shifts will receive a Doors Open Minneapolis T-shirt and access to the front of the line at other venues. The first 100 volunteers to sign up will receive a copy of the AIA Guide to the Twin Cities by Larry Millett.

Register to be a Greeter here. If you are interested in more information on being a Lead Volunteer or Subject Matter Expert, please contact Ann Mayhew.

Thank you in advance for helping share the story of our city through the lens of the architecture and buildings that have shaped it.