Docent Program


A vital part of MMoCA’s education and outreach efforts, docents involve tour group members in lively discussions about works on view at the museum.

Held every two years, the docent training program provides participants with grounding in the knowledge and tools necessary to engage visitors with works of art. With training and practice, docents become adept at encouraging visitors' responses to what they see. A dialogue, rather than a lecture, results.

The 2016 docent training course takes place from 1 to 3:30 pm on Tuesdays, September 20 through December 13, excluding November 22. The course includes an overview of major trends in twentieth- and twenty-first-century art; an introduction to art materials and processes; behind-the scenes discussions with museum staff; demonstrations of effective tour techniques by senior docents; sessions with educators on age-level characteristics; and more.

Qualifications include strong interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for art and for people, open-mindedness, flexibility, a desire to learn, and an ability to organize a series of points in a logical and engaging fashion; background in art or art history is not required.

There is no fee; however, museum membership and a two-year commitment are expected of individuals participating in docent training. In recognition of their service to the museum, docents receive benefits such as private exhibition orientations with artists and curators and a 20-percent discount at the Museum Store.

Join a dynamic group of volunteer museum educators and apply to become an MMoCA docent. Click these links to download an MMoCA docent application and position description. For more information, contact Sheri Castelnuovo, MMoCA curator of education, at 608.257.0158 x 227 or

A blog for exchange of information among MMoCA's education department and docents is located here.