Volunteer docents learn to guide tours and teach educational programs at the Morris Museum, helping museum visitors (especially school groups) to understand and appreciate the art of the American South. Becoming a docent is an excellent way to learn more about art.
Our special training program will begin in January 2017 and is comprised of weekly sessions that allow trainees to explore the permanent galleries, develop questioning skills, and learn the various tours offered to school groups and adults. Lectures by staff, curators, and artists are supplemented by readings, workshops, tour shadowings, practice tours, and continuing education meetings. Training will prepare you to guide tours for musuem guests of all ages, providing them with an in-depth experience with the art collection.
After training, docents commit to volunteering thirty-six hours per year at the museum for a two-year period. A continuing education program, meeting up to twice monthly from September through May, provides ongoing learning for docents.
Docents represent a variety of backgrounds and only require an interest in art, good communication skills, and a desire to serve the community! Docents are a very valued aspect of our museum staff. Without them, our tours and programs would be close to impossible to carry out.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 36 hrs/year (3 hrs/month) for at least 2 years
- Docents also become members of the museum