A docent is a teacher, guide, and interpreter. That definition doesn’t begin to explain, however, the many exciting and satisfying components of the UMMA docent program. Docents talk with each other and patrons about art and life, they explore art history, and they engage their imaginations every day. Specific tasks include:
design and deliver tours for museum visitors of all ages, particularly young students, grade K-5;
act as ambassadors who expand the reach and influence of the museum by increasing public awareness of its collections and programs;
attend workshops and training sessions to stay up-to-date on the collections, special exhibitions, and touring strategies;
volunteer for special project groups, committees and docent governance.
We are making a concerted effort this year to recruit a more diverse docent corps. The students in the schools we partner with come from many and varied populations. In order to make the students optimally comfortable and feel not just welcome, but like they truly belong at UMMA, we want to recruit a docent class that reflects their backgrounds so students can be greeted by docents from many cultures. For full information about characteristics we desire, parameters of the program, and requirements for being a successful docent, please visit this url: http://umma.umich.edu/docents