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Become a Docent at Columbus Museum of Art

Do you love learning, have a passion for art, and like talking and sharing with others?  The Columbus Museum of Art is recruiting a new docent class for the 2012-2013 year.  Docents are volunteer gallery teachers who guide visitors in thinking, talking, and wondering about art.  They are instrumental in ensuring great experiences for 15,000 K-12 students and many of CMA’s nearly 200,000 annual visitors.

Becoming a docent involves nine months of rigorous training where candidates research and study art in the Museum’s collection, learn touring strategies to match various age groups, and explore educational philosophies. No previous art knowledge is necessary, but curiosity and commitment is required.

Docent candidates must commit to two years of touring and continuing education after successfully completing the nine-month study program. Graduates will join one of the most passionate and dedicated group of volunteers in central Ohio.  Benefits of becoming a docent include curatorial and guest lectures, interactions with contemporary artists, social events and art-focused trips, access to unique museum resources, discounts at the Museum store and cafe, and more.

To learn more, attend one of two docent open houses held on Thursday, June 14 6:00-7:30 pm and Saturday, June 23 10:00-11:30am.  Current docents and museum staff will be on hand to talk more about the program, answer questions, and tour you through the galleries.

For more information and to apply, download the 2012-2013 CMA Docent Information Sheet, then complete a Docent Program Application.

Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2012.  Interviews will commence in mid-July. Individuals accepted into the program will be notified by August 25, 2012.

Please contact Rachel Trinkley, Educator for Docent Programs, at with additional questions about the program.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.

Rachel Trinkley, Educator for Docent Programs

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