Docents - Museum Educators
The role of docents in the Museum is to facilitate the visitor's understanding and enjoyment of the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. This is accomplished by using the Socratic Method, a technique of inquiry and dialogue. Docents lead thematically-based tours that develop a "big idea" enabling visitors to figure out what they are seeing by learning to "read" a work of art.
Candidates must be able to: participate in a six-month course of study and, after graduation, commit to one half day a week service and attend all Docent training sessions.
The training program includes: immersion in the Museum's permanent collections; touring techniques; touring strategies; tour planning; and learning the logistics of guiding groups through the exhibitions. Practice presentations in the permanent collection galleries are made by the candidates throughout the course of study. Persons interested in applying to the program may contact Bari Martz, Museum Educator, at 561.392.2500, ext. 136.