Call for Volunteer Docents, Denver Public Art Program
The Denver Public Art program, part of Denver Arts & Venues, is seeking volunteers to serve as docents of Denver’s vast public art collection. A docent is a liaison between the Denver Public Art program and the general public. Docents serve as tour guides, give presentations to school groups and other organizations, and prepare background information on artworks from the collection, special exhibitions, and venues. Please fill out the application form below.
Who should apply to become a docent?
We are looking for personable, outgoing, energetic and engaging individuals who are eager to learn about the Denver Public Art program’s collection and share that information with others. Anyone 18 and over, with or without prior background in the arts or public speaking, is encouraged to apply. All that is required is an interest in the collection, a willingness to learn and improve skills, and openness to constructive criticism. Docents should be prepared to make a two-year commitment to the program, leading at least two general tours and two school group tours per year.
What does training involve?
The docent training program will begin with an orientation in mid-December, followed by two months of weekly meetings starting in January 2014, scheduled based on docent availability. After that, docents will meet monthly. New docents will learn about the history of the program, artwork in the collection, public speaking, and developing and leading tours. Docent-led tours are anticipated to begin in summer 2014.
What are the benefits of becoming a docent for the Denver Public Art program?
• Learn about the City and County of Denver’s vast and eclectic collection and the history of the program.
• Engage residents and visitors alike by sharing your passion for art and the city through leading tours.
• A great opportunity to work and socialize with others who share a common interest!
• Potential opportunities to develop your own tours of the collection.
• Meet local artists and tour their studios.
• Tours can be fit to an individual’s interests and physical ability, but applicants should be able to walk up to 2 miles at a modest pace.
• An art background is helpful but not required.
• Docents must commit to two years as an active docent and are expected to lead two general tours and two school group tours per year, minimum.
Applications are due by December 2. Applicants will be notified by mid-December 2013, with a first docent meeting in occurring in December.
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