Docent Open House Set for August 23, 2016

The Huntington Museum of Art invites anyone interested in volunteering to be a docent to attend Docent Open House on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

A docent is someone who volunteers time to lead schoolchildren and museum visitors on guided tours. No prior experience or background in art is required. Those who appreciate art and nature and enjoy sharing their knowledge with others may want to learn more about the program. Art docents work with HMA’s Education Department and spend 90 minutes a week learning about HMA exhibits and art in general. The group meets at HMA on Monday mornings, but also takes occasional field trips to other museums.

HMA is also seeking volunteers to serve as nature docents to give tours on HMA's nature trail system. Nature docents also work with HMA's Education Department and will meet once a month during HMA's trail tour season.

"Our art and nature docents are a great group of people and they help us give meaningful school tours to thousands of children each year. We have fun while we focus on the Huntington Museum of Art's goals of education, art and nature," said Cindy Dearborn, HMA's Museum & Schools Coordinator.

Those interested in attending the informational Docent Open House and learning more about the HMA docent program should call Dearborn in HMA’s Education Department at (304) 529-2701; or send an e-mail to


What is a Docent?

A docent is someone who volunteers his or her time to lead schoolchildren and museum visitors on guided tours. If you like art of any kind, if you enjoy sharing your knowledge and if you can spend 90 minutes a week getting a free art education, you might enjoy volunteering as a docent. Persons of any age or background are welcome.

  • If you enjoy learning and sharing your knowledge, being a docent could be for you!
  • If you enjoy attending gallery walks and presentations about art exhibitions, being a docent could be for you!
  • If you can bring enthusiasm and commitment to your volunteering, being a docent could be for you!
  • A docent is a trained volunteer who leads tours of the Museum for groups of children and adults. No prior formal training or experience is needed, no particular background in art is required, and all ages are welcome. The docent program at HMOA offers the opportunity to learn about other cultures, historical periods, artwork and artists.

Docents attend weekly training from September through May. This may include gallery walks with Museum curators, training in touring techniques from the Education staff, field trips to area museums, and demonstrations by visiting artists. Be prepared to make a yearlong commitment to attend training and lead tours.

Our docent corps is a highly valued part of our Museum family. These committed volunteers act as Museum ambassadors to the public. Please consider joining us.

Contact Cindy Dearborn at (304) 529-2701, Ext. 315.