Docent training in the gallery
Docent trip to Storm King Sculpture Park
Docent training has always been a high priority at the Bruce Museum. Docents lead school and adult groups in the Museum and act as Museum ambassadors to the public.
Being a Docent is a privilege of Membership.
Our Docents are:
- People friendly
- Eager to learn and share
- Interested in giving tours that generate conversations with their audience through questions (inquiry-based)
- Ready to be the Museum's ambassador to the public
- Interested in working with a wide variety of audiences
All docents are required to sign a contract agreeing to commit to the program requirements.
In return for their time and dedication, Docents receive:
- Curators' tours/previews of new exhibitions
- In-depth information about exhibitions
- Exhibition related lecture series
- Professional development in tour techniques and content areas via the Lorraine Block Docent Lecture Series
- Trips to other museums
- Recognition at the Lorraine Block Docent Award Dinner
- Opportunity to attend the bi-annual Connecticut Art Docent Symposium
During their first year of training, new docents should expect to:
- Attend at least 80% of the Monday morning training sessions
- Observe a wide-variety of tours and programs
- Lead a tour or program on their own that is observed and evaluated by a member of the Audience Engagement staff by June 30
- Complete a number of outside readings on exhibition content, tour techniques, etc.
For more information about our docent program please contact Kathleen Holko, Manager of School and Tour Services, firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 413-6741.