Become a Docent

Become a Docent

Want to experience GRAM on a deeper level? Interested in joining a community of fun and active learners? Become a GRAM docent today!

Due to the limited nature of GRAM’s reopening and the overwhelming support of our current volunteer base we are temporarily suspending new volunteer and docent applications.

What is a docent?
A docent is a volunteer educator that engages in conversation with museum guests about artwork.
What are the benefits of GRAM’s docent program?
  • An insider’s look at GRAM’s collection and special exhibitions
  • Access to special guests and curators
  • A preview of upcoming exhibitions
  • Lifelong learning opportunities through bi-weekly docent education sessions
What are the qualities of perspective docents?
  • Outgoing and friendly
  • Flexible and dedicated
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • No Art or Teaching Experience required
How to become a Docent
Provisional (in-training) GRAM Docents complete an 8-month program, during which time they attend weekly training sessions. Collaborative learning and a specifically designed curriculum provide the content and practical knowledge necessary to lead groups of all ages through GRAM’s galleries.
Responsibilities of a GRAM Docent
  • GRAM Docents are required to complete the 8-month provisional training program
  • Upon completion of training program, docents attend bi-weekly education sessions
  • GRAM Docents lead a minimum of 11 tours per fiscal year (October through September), and dedicate 50 hours per fiscal year to GRAM’s Docent Program
For more information please contact Grand Rapids Art Museum at 616.831.1000 or volunteer@artmuseumgr.org.

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