To become a docent at the High Museum of Art, volunteer candidates must commit to an intensive one-year training program. Classes meet every other week on Wednesday evenings through the academic year, and are trained on teaching and touring techniques, grade specific tours, the Museum's collections, new acquisitions, changing exhibitions 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 1200 tours each year. In addition to tours at the Museum, docents can also share their art knowledge through presentations at local community centers.
Docents for the High Museum of Art typically have a background in education or similar fields. They share a strong sense of camaraderie, and enjoy the personal enrichment that comes through the academic training they receive and the pleasure in passing their knowledge along to others.
The application process for the 2013-2014 group of docents is currently closed. The next recruitment process will commence Spring 2015.
If you'd like to be involved with the museum immediately, you may contact the High Museum Volunteer Coordinator
or by phone at 404-733-4540 to learn about volunteer opportunities such as lecture greeters or education studio volunteers.
For questions or more information about the docent program, please contact the Coordinator of Docent Volunteer Educators