Docent Program

Docent Program

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.

The 2020 docent training course takes place from 1 to 3:30 pm on Tuesdays, September 22 through December 15, excluding November 24. The course includes an overview of major trends in modern and contemporary art; an introduction to art materials and processes; behind-the scenes discussions with museum staff; demonstrations of effective tour techniques; sessions with educators on developing age-appropriate tours; and more.

Qualifications include strong interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for art and for people, open-mindedness, flexibility, a desire to learn, and an ability to develop and organize a series of questions in a logical and engaging manner; background in art or art history is not required. There is a materials cost of $25 and docents are encouraged to become members of MMoCA.

Join a dynamic group of volunteer museum educators and apply to become an MMoCA docent. Click these links to download the 2020 Docent Application and 2020 Position Description. For more information, contact Sheri Castelnuovo, MMoCA curator of education, at 608.257.0158 x 227 or sheri@mmoca.org.