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Docents

The Johnson Museum of Art has a highly active school-age program and is looking for individuals who enjoy teaching and working with school-age children in a museum setting. More than 9,000 pre-K through 12th-grade students are served by the Museum’s education department. Many come for our OMNI (Objects and their Makers: New Insights) program, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. OMNI includes a multicomponent, curriculum-based learning experience for students that uses art as a window into cultures around the world. Museum education staff visit classrooms, bringing objects from the education collection for students and supplemental teaching materials. The in-school session is followed by a visit to the Museum for an engaging gallery exploration and art-making activity in the studio workshop. 

Docents are volunteers who help lead interactive tours with school-age groups from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays to Fridays. A strong and enthusiastic desire to work with school-age children is required. An individual who wishes to become a docent should be prepared to make a long-term commitment (approximately 35 hours of teaching—not including training time—per academic year, for at least one year or longer). Those chosen to take part in this program will be provided with training and invited to special group activities and Museum programs.

Training
No previous art knowledge is required, but a wish to work with school-age children is a must. Components of the Museum’s OMNI program are presented each week during training. In addition to learning OMNI, training will continue with the Museum’s permanent collections and current special exhibitions from members of the Museum’s education department staff. Participants will not only learn information about the art collections, but also discuss teaching methods, presentation techniques, strategies for managing tour groups, and relevant information about child development and working with students with special needs. You will also be expected to independently prepare and study the material provided for future gallery exploration with school groups.

Docents are made complimentary individual Members of the Museum. When you join, you will receive Members-only invitations to special events, discounts on exclusive Museum classes and workshops, subscription to our printed newsletter, and access to Reciprocal Membership Programs which offer discounted or free admission rates to select museums across the country.

Interested in becoming a docent? Training sessions generally happen each fall. Download an application below, and contact Carol Hockett for more information.

Johnson Museum of Art Docent and Volunteer Application (Adobe PDF)

Volunteers

Program volunteers assist educators during large family programs, including Art-Full Family Days on Saturday mornings, and afternoon weekend programs like concerts and poetry events. Duties include assisting with art activities and greeting the public. On occasion, volunteers in high school and college help out with general office support in order to learn about career opportunities in art museums.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Download an application below, and contact Sara Ferguson for more information.

Johnson Museum of Art Docent and Volunteer Application (Adobe PDF)