Open Call For Docents
NCMA Docent Program – New Yearlong Training Program Starting in October 2021
Do you have a passion for art and volunteering? Enjoy working with people of all different ages and backgrounds? Do you like meeting new people? Docents are among the most important members of NCMA’s Museum Family. Best known by museum visitors as the informative men and women who conduct guided tours of the exhibitions for adults, docents are an integral part of the museum’s education department. No experience is needed to become a docent. What is required is enthusiasm for art and art museums and the willingness and commitment to participate in the regular weekly education sessions that docents attend to learn and share information about changing exhibitions and to learn and practice a variety of teaching methods used to conduct tours for the diverse populations that visit the museum.
How Many Hours Are Needed?
Selected applicants to the docent program are required to attend Monday morning meetings, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting in September and ongoing throughout the year (with exceptions for holidays). Trainings for new docents will follow general meetings and continue until 2:30 p.m. from October 2021 – June 2022. Attendance is mandatory for both general and training meetings barring a family/health emergency. Pre – pandemic, docents were required to complete 75 credits which translates into approximately 25 tours public tours per docent year. This requirement will resume in the near future.
Are There Any Prerequisites?
You don’t need to have any special education or an art background. You’ll receive training specific to your assignment.
All candidates will be interviewed by Museum staff and members of the Docent Training Committee.
New docents are required to offer proof of vaccination to be eligible to participate in this program.
At this time, all docent activities are conducted through weekly meetings via Zoom.
All docent communication is conducted via e-mail so access to a computer and e-mail is necessary to participate.
Will I Receive Any Perks?
You’ll receive benefits like: an invitation to the annual volunteer lunch, special volunteer walks-through of exhibitions, discounts in the Museum Store and on public programs, preferred parking, and free admission to other local cultural institutions.
Have more questions?
We’re happy to answer all of your questions to see if volunteering at the Museum is right for you. Please contact: Laura Lynch, Director of Education, 516.484.9338, ext. 24 or Llynch@nassaumuseum.org.
It is the policy of the Nassau County Museum of Art to provide an environment free from harassment or discrimination in the treatment of individuals with respect to employment or volunteering with the Museum and admission or access to Museum facilities, programs, activities, or in the manner in which they are provided. Consistent with this principle of inclusivity and applicable laws, the Nassau County Museum of Art does not permit harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or partnership status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, citizenship status, military service or discharge status, arrest record, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. The Nassau County Museum of Art is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment, or bias based upon these grounds.
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Members get more! They enjoy a full year of art and culture, with first access to exhibitions, discounts on art classes, education programs and in the Museum Store, and invitations to special events. Join us to attend our lively calendar of inspirational programs and to see the art in the galleries and natural beauty on the grounds change with each season.
Unlimited Free Admission
Changing Exhibitions in two buildings
Invitations to Preview Receptions
Discounts on Art Classes and Workshops
Savings on Lectures, Performances, Seminars and more
Family Art Activities including free Family Sundays
Savings on Unique Items at the Museum Store
Sculpture Park, Nature Trails and Formal Garden