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Volunteer Opportunities

7th Street Park Landscape Redesign

Prince George's County

Are you a landscape architect with an interest in community park design? After years of being closed, the city of Glenarden, MD has noticed more youth living near the  7th Street Park. They are interested in reopening the park to the public and revitalizing it with a playground and other park amenities with community support.

NDC is seeking a mix of landscape architects and designers to help create a design for 7th Street Park and to participate in community engagement sessions. Lend your skills to a project that will have a major impact on residents throughout the Glenarden community!

To volunteer or for any questions, please feel free to contact Angelica Arias,

Design Advisor for Safe Arts Spaces


Are you interested in Baltimore’s art scene and the places where creating happens? NDC’s Arts Space Technical Assistance (ASTA) program staff work with artist owned and/or operated spaces in developing code compliant conceptual plans and offering guidance in navigating Baltimore City’s permitting and regulatory process. We also help artists visualize their dream space. The mission behind the ASTA program is to give arts spaces, places, and the people who run them a chance to stabilize and grow. 

We are looking to establish a design advisor group of experienced and/or licensed architects with a close knowledge of local building codes to provide support and mentorship for NDC staff working on the ASTA program. We anticipate the Design Advisor Group may meet up to once a month to provide feedback in the form of a conceptual design crit, or to have an open dialogue on the different approaches for bringing buildings into code compliance.

If you are interested in putting your expertise to use in supporting the arts community in Baltimore City, with likeminded people, or if you have questions regarding the role or program, please email Karla Brent at

Check back soon! More to come...


Thanks for your interest in volunteering with NDC. We are currently scoping projects and getting them ready for volunteers. If you are new to volunteering with NDC, please reach out to Program Manager Julia DiMauro,, to schedule a chat.

We look forward to working with you!

NDC’s annual awards honor the many dedicated volunteers, community partners, and local leaders who make our places great.

Put simply, NDC wouldn’t exist without the dedication of our amazing volunteers and community partners. Do you know a great member of the NDC family who deserves extra recognition? Nominate them! Tell us who you’d like to see celebrated or peruse our past awardees.

We partner with passionate professionals on exciting projects.

Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds. If you want to support NDC’s work and have experience in the below disciplines (or something related), we’d love to collaborate.

  • Architecture

  • Urban Planning

  • Interior Design

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Historic Preservation

  • Community Organizing

  • Community Design

  • Stormwater Design

  • Social Design

  • Graphic Design

  • Photography

There’s an amazing symbiotic relationship between our volunteers and community members. The local designers and experts who dedicate their talents to community projects learn from the community about the area’s needs and challenges, while residents get exposed to key design and implementation processes. Volunteers report their experience to be engaging and enriching!

Johnny Macon, Former NDC Staff and Sarah Hope, NDC Volunteer and Former Board Member share project work.
Johnny Macon, Former NDC Staff and Sarah Hope, NDC Volunteer and Former Board Member share project work.


“Working with NDC has taught me to listen to every unique voice in a design process and to always include those voices in design decisions.”

Carol Currotto, Interior Designer

“NDC provided me with an opportunity to work on a project with community stakeholders. I’ve always believed that to have a better understanding of where you are working, you need to go to those communities and talk with the residents.”

Jasmine Forbes, City & Regional Planner