To become a docent at the High Museum of Art, volunteer candidates must commit to an intensive one-year training program. Classes generally meet twice a month on Wednesday mornings, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. throughout the academic year (late August/September 2015-May 2016). Candidates are trained on teaching and touring techniques, grade specific tours, the Museum's collections, new acquisitions, changing exhibitions, art history, and art education. Candidates are required to complete a variety of written and oral assignments and pass a qualifying tour in order to become an active docent.
After graduating from the one-year training program, we ask for a two-year service commitment. Yearly tour requirements may vary depending on your chosen status, and the High will work with you to match your tour preferences and availability to the needs of the Museum and our visitors. Exhibition training continues weekly or bi-weekly for the duration of your service as a docent.
Create a lifelong passion for art.
The High Museum of Art depends on its docent volunteers to be the Museum's "face" to its visitors. Docents create memorable experiences for visitors ranging in age from kindergarten students to seniors. More than 100 docents collectively conduct about 2000 tours each year.
Docents for the High Museum of Art are passionate about art education and are comfortable engaging with the public. They share a strong sense of camaraderie and enjoy the personal enrichment that comes through the academic training they receive and the pleasure of learning from and passing along their knowledge to others.
The application process is currently closed.
For general questions about the docent program, please contact the Coordinator of Education Volunteers.
If you'd like to volunteer with the museum in another capacity, you may contact the High Museum Volunteer Coordinator or by phone at 404-733-4458 to learn about other volunteer opportunities such as lecture greeters or education studio volunteers.