An Ogden Museum of Southern Art docent is a volunteer who leads tours helping visitors to the museum “See the South” through the visual arts and in the context of literature, music, food and more. Prospective docents should have an interest in art and Southern culture and a desire to interact with adults and children, helping them discover their own interpretations of art. This program will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the making of an art museum and offer an introduction to Southern art, history and culture. The training will include museum techniques and education strategies for engaging museum visitors in meaningful explorations of works of art in the collection and in special exhibitions. Check out our FAQ to learn more.
Q: What is a docent at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art?
A: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art docent is a volunteer who leads tours helping visitors to The Museum “See the South” through the visual arts and in the context of its literature, music, food and more.
Q: Are there any prerequisites for beginning the docent program?
Prospective docents should have an interest in art and Southern culture and a desire to interact with adults and children helping them discover their own interpretations of art.
Q: What is the process to be a docent at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art?
A: Prospective docents must complete and submit the docent application. The prospective docent must also complete the course of docent training, and make a commitment to the Museum for two years, primarily working with school and adult tours, but also specialized tours and group events.
Q: When does training take place?
A: Training sessions are held twice a year in September and January.
Q: What does the training involve?
A: Training will focus in four areas: 1) aesthetics, museum studies and the educational mission, 2) Southern art, history and culture, 3) discussion of specific artists and works in the galleries, and 4) practice tours and shadowing.
Q: What is the cost of docent training?
A: There is no cost for docent training.
Q: Once the training has been completed, what kind of time commitment is expected of the docent?
A: Docents are required to give a minimum of two tours a month or volunteer 4 hours at events as gallery docents. Docents should allow 2 hours per tour. Each tour lasts slightly more than one hour, however docents are asked to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to tour. Docents will also attend monthly meetings to discuss logistics, meet artists, and learn about changing exhibits and special programs.
Our next docent training dates are:
January 16, 23, 30 + February 6, 13, 20 | 10 a.m. to noon.
Prospective docents should attend all training sessions.
The Ogden Museum accepts docent applications year round, so please submit your application at any time. If you need any more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org