Becoming a docent at the Art Institute is no small task. After a competitive admission process, docents accepted into the program train for three semesters to gain general knowledge of the museum's collection as well as learn and practice interactive gallery teaching. And to become an "all" docent (one who is prepared to give any of the 22 tours offered for student groups), it generally takes around five years. However, the rewards can be enormous. As our own museum director Douglas Druick stated on the occasion of the docent program's 50th anniversary last year, "
to walk through the galleries and see children, led by docents, jumping up and raising their hands to talk is to see the work of the museum at its best."
Currently, about 150 docents give tours to the over 100,000 students who visit the Art Institute each year. But we're looking for more...docents, that is. Right this very second, we're recruiting a new training class to begin in September 2012. If you love art and enjoy working with students, we invite you to one of the following information sessions (in the Modern Wing's Ryan Education Center) to hear more about the museum's docent program. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thursday, January 26 at 5:30
Thursday, February 23 at 5:30
Friday, February 24 at 1:00