If you love studying and discussing art and like sharing your passion with others, you may want to consider becoming a docent! Docents are volunteers specially trained by the Gallery's Education Department to guide groups on tours of the Gallery.
The docent program involves an intensive months-long training course in art history and tour techniques, and includes four exams, three short observational written assignments, and a graduation tour.
2012–2013 Docent Training Course
The 2012–2013 training course will take place on Saturday mornings, from 9 am to 12:30 pm, from September 29, 2012, through March 16, 2013. Trainees may not miss more than two sessions. Graduation tours will take place the week of March 19, with a celebration the following week.
Applications for the 2012-2013 Docent Training Course are now closed.
Requirements for being a docent:
- Enthusiasm for art
- Love of sharing knowledge with people of all ages
- Ability to discuss rather than lecture
- Continuing quest for knowledge
- Commitment of two years after training has been completed
- Availability to conduct two tours per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday; both tours may be given in one morning
- Consistent and reliable email access
You don't need a background in art history—that's what we're here for!
After graduation there's still a lot to look forward to in addition to your tours:
- Continuing education by the Education department, Gallery curators, and sometimes even artists
- Being part of a vibrant and exciting group!
- Annual fall dinner
- Annual spring reception
- Volunteer appreciation evenings
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.