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Date of Release: 
Friday, June 20, 2014
Contact Info: 

Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
608.257.0158 x 237 or erika@mmoca.org

MMoCA to Offer Docent Training This Fall

MMoCA to Offer Docent Training This Fall

 ­MADISON, WI – The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) invites open-minded, interested individuals to become docents. Docent training prepares people to facilitate engaging conversations and explorations of modern and contemporary art. The training is held at MMoCA from 1 to 3:30 pm on Tuesdays, September 23 through December 16.

MMoCA’s docents contribute time, energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge to help visitors gain insight into art, and are a vital part of the museum’s educational efforts. Docents offer tours of the museum’s exhibitions to groups of children and adults. They involve group members in lively discussions that encourage them to look closely at and interpret works of art.

This dialogue about art benefits both museum visitors and docents, according to museum docent Cindy Koschmann. “The best part has been learning to take what has excited me and make it exciting and interesting for others,” Koschmann said.

During the twelve-week training course, docent trainees will learn about modern and contemporary art, art media and processes, behind-the-scenes museum operations, tour techniques, and more; a background in art and art history is not required.

“Being a docent has been a wonderful learning experience in more ways than I expected,” Koschmann said. “Not only have I learned to appreciate many different styles of art, but the research into the artist's background and inspiration has been a fascinating look into our culture and history.”

Docents receive benefits such as private exhibition orientations with artists and curators and a 20% discount at MMoCA’s award-winning Museum Store. Docents provide cultural enrichment to community members and contribute to a dynamic visual and social environment. There is no course fee beyond a $25 cost for training materials. Docents should also become members of the museum at the individual level. 

For a position description and application, visit mmoca.org and click Get Involved/Docent Program, or contact Sheri Castelnuovo, curator of education, at 608.257.0158 or sheri@mmoca.org. Applications will be immediately accepted, but must be received no later than September 16, 2014.

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