Become A Docent
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is seeking qualified, enthusiastic, sociable individuals to join our dedicated team of docents – volunteers who share an interest in introducing children and adults to the Art of Canada*, its culture and history. Volunteering as a docent is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our country and share your love of learning with visitors.
What Does A Docent Do?
Docents lead interactive tours of exhibitions and the permanent collection for McMichael’s student and adult groups. A docent may opt to lead programs for students, adults or both.
Generally, school program docents conduct themed tours for school groups from September to June, excluding holidays. These tours are highly interactive and include hands-on activities. School program docents are also involved in facilitating studio programs. They commit to one day a week of active service during the school year. Docents are also required to attend training sessions every third Monday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Gallery tours docents are responsible for providing tours of the collection to McMichael visitors from Wednesday to Sunday, and to special interest groups /private tours as required. They are required to commit to a minimum of two days a month and 75 service hours yearly. Gallery tour docents are expected to attend monthly training sessions held between September and June on every third Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
What Type Of Training Does A Docent Receive?
New docents, also referred to as provisional docents, must attend a number of docent training sessions. During these meetings they will be introduced to the McMichael’s permanent collection and learn basic guiding techniques.
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If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact email@example.com or call: 905.893.1121 ext. 2224.