What is a docent?
In order to enable a diverse audience to learn about art, with art, and through art, the museum relies upon docents, volunteer museum educators. The word “docent” is rooted in the Latin word “docere,” which means “to teach.” MGMoA docents help visitors make lasting connections with art, by acting, among other things, as tour guides, art project helpers, story tellers, and gallery monitors.
To be a docent is also to be a committed life-long learner. Docents attend training sessions and meetings to learn about artworks in the MGMoA permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, as well as art and art history in general.
What qualifications are required to become a docent?
No previous knowledge of art or art history is required, but would-be docents should possess:
- A sincere and genuine interest in people
- A love for and excitement about learning
- A strong desire to help others make a connection with art
A willingness to inspire others, make good friends, and have memorable experiences.
What training is required?
Active docents attend one meeting per month during the school year (September - May). The education programs during these meetings include information about the MGMoA collection, temporary exhibitions, art techniques and media, art history, touring techniques, and school programs. This education is also complemented by museum lectures and trips and docent training workshops.
A docent is considered "in training" until they complete the initial docent training and observe and assist with at least one tour or school program led by a mentor docent or the Curator of Education.
How much does it cost to be a docent?
There is no cost, but many rewards!