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Create a lifelong passion for art.

Do you love public speaking? Are you passionate about sharing your love of art and the High with others? High Museum of Art docents offer guided, interactive tours and in-gallery talks to a wide range of audiences.

What Is a Docent?

The High depends on its docent volunteers to be the Museum’s “face” to its visitors. Docents create memorable experiences for visitors ranging from toddlers to senior citizens.

Dedicated to art and education, volunteer docents are the first people many of our visitors see and are essential in creating a meaningful and memorable museum experience. Currently, the High has over 140 docents who serve the Museum and together conduct around 3,000 tours each year.

The High’s docents are passionate about art education and engaging with the public. They share a strong sense of camaraderie and enjoy the personal enrichment that comes with the academic and practical training they receive, the pleasure of sharing their knowledge with others, and the thrill of learning from our visitors.

Training and Commitment

We are currently recruiting for Evening/Weekend Docents. To become a docent at the High Museum of Art, volunteer candidates must commit to an intensive six-month training program. Training classes will meet weekly on Wednesdays, 6–8:30 p.m., from January through the end of June 2019. This candidate class will be trained primarily in touring techniques for our family and adult audiences. Candidates will also learn about the Museum’s permanent collection, new acquisitions, general art history, and art education. Candidates are required to complete a variety of written and oral assignments and pass qualifying tours in order to become active docents.

We ask docents to make a two-year service commitment after completing the training program. 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 bimonthly for the duration of your service as a docent.

Application Process

Join us on at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, for an open house information session for prospective new docents.

For general questions about the docent program and to RSVP for the open house, please contact Margaret Wilkerson, Coordinator of Education Volunteers, at margaret.wilkerson@high.org. If you’d like to volunteer in another capacity, please visit our Volunteer Program page for more information.

Apply to become a docent here.