What do volunteer docents do? What makes their contributions exciting?
In our Touch&Talk program, docents explore craft pieces with the visitors, encouraging them to exercise all the senses, and make opportunities for visitors to become aware of their own perceptions. Their role is to facilitate visitors’ process of discovery.
Volunteer docents introduce visitors to the exhibits once or twice a month while exhibitions are underway at the Crafts Gallery. They also take part in ten continuing education events each year, respond to requests for group visits from, for example, schools, and plan and carry out summer programs for kids and provide support for other events.
Before being registered as a docent, each volunteer undergoes 12-13 sessions of training and two supervised guided tours. The training includes basic knowledge of the history of the craft arts and the materials and techniques used in them as well as techniques for guiding visitors.
Call for volunteers
The Crafts Gallery calls for applications to become volunteer docents about once every two years. We are not currently accepting applications.