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Docents

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. 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.

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 kindergarten students to senior citizens.

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 through the academic training they receive and the pleasure of sharing knowledge with others.

For general questions about the docent program, please contact Margaret Wilkerson, Coordinator of Education Volunteers, at margaret.wilkerson@high.org. If you’d like to volunteer with the Museum in another capacity, contact Kristen Summerall, Volunteer Coordinator, at kristen.summerall@high.org.

Training and Commitment

To become a docent at the High, volunteer candidates must commit to an intensive training program. Candidates are trained to be either weekday docents or weekend/evening docents, depending upon the training year. Weekday docent candidates investigate teaching and touring techniques for our Kindergarten–twelfth grade School Tours Program, focusing on literacy, history, and science. Weekend/evening docent candidates are trained to give tours primarily to adults and families. All candidates explore the Museum’s collection, new acquisitions, and special exhibitions as well as receive training in art history, art theory, and art education. Each candidate is required to complete a variety of written and oral assignments and pass qualifying tours in order to become an active docent.

After completing the training program, docents are asked to commit to at least two years of service. Yearly tour requirements may vary depending on your chosen status, and the High works with you to match your tour preferences and availability to the needs of the Museum and our visitors. Training related to the Museum’s collection, special exhibitions, and tour techniques continues bimonthly for the duration of your service as a docent.

Application Process

We are not recruiting new docent candidates at this time. Please check back periodically for updates. For general questions about the docent program, please contact Margaret Wilkerson, Coordinator of Education Volunteers, margaret.wilkerson@high.org.