5 Reasons To Become A Docent

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DSC_5266 (1)If you have ever visited the Museum and have seen a group on a tour, experienced a Slow Art Sunday, or saw someone answering questions in our galleries, then you may already know how important docents are for daily life at the Museum!

We are taking applications now through March 1 for our next class of docents at the BMA. If you love visiting the Museum, learning, and engaging with others, take a look at these 5 reasons why becoming a docent could be right for you:

  1. You love to learn about art
    Docents have the opportunity to learn about the Museum’s collection, special exhibitions, and art history during docent trainings given by curators and other art aficionados.
  2. You love to talk about art
    Not only do docents teach about art, but they also engage in conversations with visitors of all ages and backgrounds about art.
  3. You love to contribute to your community
    Docents bridge the gap between the Birmingham Museum of Art and the community by facilitating meaningful experiences.
  4. You love to make new friends
    New docents will join the incoming docent class and will work closely with that class to learn together in their first year of training while also getting to know current docents. Many docents have made life-long friends through the program.
  5. You need a hobby
    While being a docent is more than a hobby, it also comes with other opportunities to explore art, such as our docent book club and docent-organized day trips to other museums, art galleries, and historic sites.

Docents are a very important part of the Museum family and give back in so many special ways. If you or someone you know are interested in applying, click here. Application deadline is March 1, 2016.