What is a Docent?
Docents at MOCA GA are trained volunteers who share an interest and love for contemporary art with MOCA GA visitors. The word docent comes from the Latin word docere, to teach. Docents teach in the galleries and conduct tours of both the permanent collection and special exhibition spaces. Tours are prearranged and serve audiences of all ages and interests.
Docent Recommended Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in education, art, art history, museum studies, or a strong passion for the arts
- Prior experience with youth groups
- Interest in teaching
- Strong verbal communication skills
- Ability to think on your feet
- Flexibility in schedule to work weekday tours
- Ability to work well in a team environment, in both following directions and presenting programs
- Familiarity with biography, history, and object-based learning
After submitting an application and interviewing, docents are required to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours at MOCA GA before beginning docent training. After which, each volunteer will attend training sessions with our Visitor Services Manager as well as shadow 3 tours given by fellow docents before conducting their own mock tour with MOCA GA staff.
Docent Continuing Education
MOCA GA is committed to the continued education of its docents beyond the initial training session. Docents will be provided with exhibition content and training materials for each new exhibition, in addition to attending a practice tour with staff members at the start of each new exhibition. Docents are strongly encouraged to attend any Artist Talks, Panel Discussions, and other educational events.
Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Become a MOCA GA Docent