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Czech Center Museum Houston

Docent VOlunteer

What does a docent do?
A docent is a volunteer gallery educator. At the CCMH, our dynamic docent corps helps to create and facilitate conversation-based tours in the Museum’s galleries. Our docents provide an invaluable service to the community, especially the students who are often visiting the museum for the first time as well as senior groups.

Docents entering the training program in the summer of 2019 will commit to lead three tours per day. A background in art history is not required. Spanish-English or Czech-English bilingual skills are helpful, but not required. We ask that all new docents commit to remaining in the program for a minimum of one years.

Although CCMH docents come from all walks of life, they share a few common traits; each of our docent volunteers are curious, passionate about volunteering, flexible and open to feedback and enjoy interacting with people from all over Houston, Texas, USA, and worldwide.

What qualities are you looking for?

An ideal candidate for the docent program:

  • Demonstrates a strong interest in community service and volunteerism

  • Wants to act as a mediator between objects and the public

  • Can be a flexible thinker, especially when confronted with difficult or sensitive ideas

  • Demonstrates a positive attitude

How can I apply to become a docent?
Anyone is welcome to apply. All applicants should be available during business hours, Monday-Friday, for training and leading tours. If you are interested in applying to the docent program, please send an email to development@czechcenter.org or fill out our application form.

After completing your application, you will have an interview with Museum staff. At the conclusion of the interviews, the new docent training class will be selected based on a demonstrated commitment to collaborative learning, an openness to multiple perspectives, the ability to communicate with energy and diplomacy as well as demonstrating a growth mindset through constructive feedback.

Expectations for Docents
CCMH Docent Candidates are expected to:

  • Complete the training process

  • Commit to serving as a docent for 1 year

  • Comply with all policies and practices established by the Museum

Additionally, successful docent candidates will:

  • Enjoy working with a team

  • Are flexible and dependable

  • Are able to solve problems efficiently

  • Are comfortable with public speaking

  • Are capable of physical activity, including standing, kneeling and bending for long periods of time

You may also be interested in the wide array of other volunteering opportunities at the CCMH. For more information about volunteering at the Museum, please contact development@czechcenter.orgor 713 528 2060.

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About Czech Center Museum Houston

Location:

4920 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77004, US

Mission Statement

The Czech Center Museum Houston provides unique education experiences based on authentic objects, art, music, stories and lives of Czechs, Slovaks and people of all cultures, who left their country to seek liberty and democracy in America. Our purpose is to inspire people to learn from those who sought freedom despite being occupied by oppressing rulers and systems. The museum strives to be an accessible resource, actively encouraging the study, appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of diverse cultures and traditions. We promote art, music and dance as well as celebrate history and stories of immigrant experiences shared by Americans. The Czech Center Museum Houston is proud to be one of Houston’s eighteen fine museums, dedicated to the exploration and preservation of art, culture & history, and serve as a catalyst for discussion of all heritages.

Description

Our intent is to teach people to be proud of their own culture while teaching them not just about the Eastern European countries but also about art, culture and heritage from other countries. The Czech Center Museum Houston is an elegant, small museum focusing on the education of European art & history in a global context.

Are you interested in arts as well as history, than become a docent at the Czech Center Museum Houston and enjoy once per week the feeling of a small baroque palace in Texas, Houston!

We are all volunteers, even the founders, Effie & Bill Rosene except for our Event Coordinator and Development Director. There are many fun events held throughout the year and we welcome you to participate.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

4920 San Jacinto Street, Houston, TX, 77004HoustonHouston, TX 77004

(29.72892,-95.38492)
 

SKILLS

  • Curating
  • Child Development
  • Exhibition Arts
  • Painting
  • Pottery
  • Arts Administration

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Once per week

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