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Docent Program

Docents play a vital role in educating and engaging visitors to the future Buffalo AKG Art Museum by leading tours for all ages and other face-to-face interactions with guests to the museum.

What are docents?

Docents are volunteers 18 years and older specially trained by the Learning and Creativity Department. They lead tours for visitors by sparking discussion about works in the museum’s collection and on view in special exhibitions. More than educating visitors, docents find creative ways to engage with art, resulting in interactive tour experiences and other interactions.

Who are the Buffalo AKG docents?

Our docents empower visitors, inspire creativity, and foster open dialogue and discussion. When a person becomes a Buffalo AKG docent, they join a wonderful community of art lovers and partake in additional opportunities such as field trips, museum-related committees, and more!

Buffalo AKG Art Museum Docents are members of the Museum Education Consortium of Buffalo.

Become a Docent

We are excited to begin recruiting docents for the future Buffalo AKG Art Museum! We are looking for fun and engaging individuals to join our docent team.

Our next docent training class will begin in April 2022 and run through September 2022 for two hours per week. The day(s) of the week will be determined by a poll after the team has been chosen. Trainings will run weekly from the week of April 4, 2022, though the week of September 26, 2022 (except for a break during the month of July). Graduation will take place in early October 2022.

Applications for the 2022 docent class are now closed.

The Albright-Knox is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the application or interview process and/or perform essential docent functions, please contact

For all other questions, please email

Visitors on a tour of Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art at Albright-Knox Northland. Photo: Jeff Mace for Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Program Sponsor

The Docent Training Program is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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