Become a Docent

Share your love of art by becoming a docent!

What is a docent?
This volunteer tour guide helps make art enjoyable and understandable to visitors. 

What are tours like?
Most docents conduct tours for students, although others also conduct adult tours. Tours are interactive experiences in which the docent helps visitors make their own discoveries. The Museum's collections include American art, African art, and art of the Ancient Americas. Two to three temporary exhibitions take place each year. 

Who is a typical docent at the Museum?
There is no typical docent! The Museum has volunteers from a variety of ages and walks of life. Enthusiasm, a sense of humor, and curiosity are more important than an art background. 

How do I get started?
Nine sessions of training on Wednesday mornings from late July through September are required. Training includes an introduction to art and its forms, information about collections, as well as visitors and their learning styles, and interpretive techniques. Pick up a docent training packet at the front desk for dates. 

What do I get out of it?
In addition to becoming a volunteer who is distinguished by your level of training and dedication, you receive a basic art education and continuing education. You are part of an active and enjoyable group of people, who enjoy seeing the "aha" moments on a visitor's face!

Please consider joining us to make art meaningful for others!

For more information, please contact:

Molly Driscoll
Associate Curator for Community Engagement
mdriscoll@omart.org
407.896.4231, ext. 282