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Share your interest and love of art with Museum visitors...
Become a Docent

Docents at the Hockaday Museum of Art are volunteers who conduct educational tours for schools, Thursday and Saturday public tours, and outreach presentations.  While guiding visitors through the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions they enrich the viewer’s experience by engaging interest, deepening understanding of art, and bringing artworks to life.

What is required of a Docent?
No artistic background is needed – adults with a love of art and willingness to give a commitment of time are invited to join the program.  Docents must have the time to commit to:

  • Docent training sessions
  • Attend meetings – 10:00 am on the first Monday of each month
  • Conduct research
  • Attend gallery talks, artist demonstrations, and lectures
  • Conduct tours through the galleries

Docent Training
Initial training includes an orientation session, training sessions, tour observation, conducting research, and spending time in the galleries.  Participants will explore a variety of ways to lead visitors through the Museum's exhibitions and obtain knowledge about various aspects of art, art theory, and art history. 

What benefits will I receive as a Museum docent?

As a docent, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet and talk with artists, curators, and scholars
  • Participate in continuing education about art – the language of art, techniques, artists, history
  • Access the Museum's art education, art history and video resources
  • Be invited to special events
  • Meet and work with others who share your interest in art
How do I become a docent?
Applications for potential docents are now being accepted for the next training session which begins on TBA.

For more information contact the Museum's Education Department or by phone 406.755.5268 X226.



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