A docent is a well-trained volunteer who guides visitors through museum exhibitions. They are guides, teachers, art enthusiasts, and a link between the public and the museum. Docents prepare and present tours to groups from schools and the community, and lead public tours. They enrich the visitor's museum experience, engage their interest, and develop art appreciation in the audience.
A docent has a very important and highly valued role at the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, helping visitors discover art in a new and exciting way. The Castellani Art Museum has approximately 5,500 works of art in its collection, including prints, photographs, paintings, drawings, and sculpture -- dating largely from the 1850s to the present. The museum has a compelling folk arts program as well.
The museum asks its docents for a commitment of time and effort, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude. In return, we offer:
- The benefits of interacting with artists and museum staff
- Developing and expanding public speaking skills
- Broadening your knowledge of art and art history
- A sense of achievement in working with the public
- And perhaps most importantly, the rewards of working in a warm and friendly environment
No experience is necessary. This volunteer program is designed to provide an enjoyable art experience for both the public and participating volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a Castellani Art Museum docent, download, complete and mail the volunteer application, or call Tara Lyons at 286-8295.