What is a docent?
Docents are trained Museum volunteers who interact with visitors facilitate experiences with works of art, and create a warm and welcoming environment. These “gallery teachers” encourage visitor inquiry and enjoyment of the arts.
Who makes a good docent?
Qualities which make for a good docent are enthusiasm, patience, flexibility, and the ability to take a visitor-centered approach to touring. Successful docents are interpersonal, skilled at interacting with the public and interested in working as a member of an energetic team. Docents are committed to learning ways of engaging visitors, and are willing to make the necessary commitments to both training and touring. Participants must be computer literate and knowledgeable in the use of email and the internet.
What does training involve?
Participants will attend classroom and gallery training sessions to become familiar with the TMA collection and gain skills to engage visitors with works of art. The training program includes specific training depending on audience and program. Continued learning opportunities are offered once initial training is complete.