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Website for Docents

Walters docents have access to a special online site for trading information, schedules and more. Docents, log in here.

What is a docent?

A docent is a volunteer museum educator who engages students and adults in interactive gallery experiences. Docents are representatives of The Walters Art Museum and should have thorough knowledge of the museum and its exhibitions, programs, practices, and education philosophy.

Who makes a good docent?

The ideal Walters docent is enthusiastic, patient, flexible, and is able to take a visitor-centered approach to touring. Successful docents have strong interpersonal skills and are able to interact with visitors of all ages. Additionally, successful docents are interested in working as a member of an energetic team. Docents are committed to learning to engage visitors and are willing to make the necessary commitments to both training and touring. Trainees must be computer literate and proficient in the use of e-mail and the Internet.

What does training involve?

A new docent class will begin in January, 2015. Participants will attend classroom and gallery training. The training program includes 4.5 hours of class time once a week and lasts approximately 8 months. No prior education or experience in art is necessary to join the docent class. Docent training includes the following components:

What is the time commitment?

Training lasts for 8 months. Classes are held on consecutive Wednesdays (early January through mid-May 2015 and early September through mid-December 2015). Once training is complete, the following time commitments are required:

By becoming a docent you will enjoy the following benefits:

How to Apply

  1. Please complete the online application.
  2. Please also include a resume with your work and volunteer experience.
  3. Please also include a short letter expressing your interest and what you can personally bring to the Docent Program.

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