Become a Docent at the Brooks!

Brooks is looking for a few good guides!

Would you like to learn more about art and share your knowledge with others? If yes, please read on!

Founded in 1965, the Brooks Docent Program was established by the Brooks Museum League. Serving thousands of visitors each year, Brooks docents engage their audiences with the artwork on view and foster the development of visual and creative thinking skills, often providing the first contact many children and adults have with the visual arts. We strive to provide a positive, meaningful, and relevant experience with art.

What is a Docent? A docent is a museum-trained volunteer who conducts tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for children or adults. The word docent is derived from the Latin word docere, meaning to teach. Volunteers receive a six-month training course in the museum’s permanent collection, art history, and touring techniques. The Brooks Education department is actively recruiting new docents for the next training program this fall beginning September, 2010.

Training consists of two half days per week during the six month program. Once the initial training is complete, each docent is asked to make a two-year commitment and select one day per week, from September through May, to conduct scheduled tours. In addition, attendance at monthly training meetings is required. Qualified candidates are interviewed and selected based on their ability to communicate information knowledgeably and enthusiastically.

Prior experience or an art background is not required. Anyone who has an interest in art and lifelong learning can be a docent. Though Brooks docents are as diverse as the artwork they present, they share the following:

• A love of art

• A passion for learning and teaching

• An ability to communicate effectively

• Enthusiasm, Creativity, and Flexibility


• Opportunities for continuing education and personal growth

• Support of an enthusiastic and dedicated docent peer group

• Ongoing training in teaching and learning theory, art and art history, and special exhibitions

• Art lectures, gallery talks, and curator tours

• Discounts on Museum membership, the Museum Store, and the Brushmark Restaurant

• An opportunity to serve the community—enriching lives and transforming others through the power of art

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a volunteer docent, call 901-544-6215, email or visit the Brooks website and download a docent application today!

Posted by Andria Lisle at 11:15 AM
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