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Gallery Program Volunteer Description

Information about Gallery Program Volunteers

Gallery Program Volunteer Description

Docents in the Gallery Program provide guided experiences in the museum’s permanent and changing exhibitions. Tours are provided to visitors from varied backgrounds, age levels and abilities.

Guided School Tours

Students from area schools are the primary audience.

Pre-scheduled groups visit throughout the year (including summer). Most visiting school groups are in 2nd through 5th grade, however we try to accommodate as many interested groups as we can. School tours are designed to instill passion for learning about art, history and community, help students understand the world around them and their place within it and enhance the school curriculum through first hand experiences with objects of historic and artistic value.

Tours of up to 60 students are typically scheduled between 9 a.m. - noon and vary from one to one and half hours. Docents give tours as part of a team of 5 - 7 volunteers. As part of the team, docents share responsibility in the planning and logistics of the tour.

Art Start

Art Start is a program introducing 4 year old students to art in a museum setting. Art Start docents provide engaging experiences in the museum’s galleries that include movement, storytelling and hands on activities designed for young learners. Up to 20 students are accommodated for these 45 minute tours. Tours are currently scheduled Wednesdays at 10 a.m., twice a month.

Docents must complete the Gallery Program training before becoming an Art Start Docent. Completion of a mandatory training is also required.

Guided Public Tours

Docents provide scheduled and drop in tours for the general visiting public on the museum’s permanent and changing exhibition. One hour guided tours of the museum’s changing exhibitions are offered Tuesday-Sunday at 2 p.m.

Sculpture Garden

Now encompassing over 60 pieces, this primarily outdoor tour explores various themes, media, and techniques by prominent regional sculptors. One hour, guided tours are available to visitors on Tuesdays-Saturdays at 10:00 am from March-November, weather permitting. Occasional school tours and special tours are also scheduled.

Docents who have completed the Gallery training program are eligible to become Sculpture Garden docents.

Interested docents must successfully complete of six week training. Once the training is complete docents are expected to give a minimum of one tour a month and attend refreshment sessions as provided. Sculpture garden tours are primarily outdoors and subject to varied weather conditions.

Time Commitment for Gallery Docent Program

Docents in the Gallery Program are scheduled for a two-hour shift every two weeks throughout the year. Docents are required to attend ongoing training on the museum’s changing exhibitions. These classes are scheduled on Monday mornings from 9:45 - 11:45 a.m. as needed.

Requirements for the Gallery Docent Program

Completion of initial classroom style training required. Ongoing training on the Museum’s changing exhibitions.

Successful Docents have the ability to stand, walk or move around the Museum and/grounds for up to two hours. Albuquerque Museum requires all volunteers to pass a background check. Background Check Applications will be provided to all interested applicants before starting training.

Reports To

The docent program is managed and operated by the Museum’s Education Division, which includes the Curator of Education, Associate Curator of Education and Senior Assistant for Education. Volunteer and Assistant Coordinators are docent leaders who work with museum staff in support of the docent program.