Museum Docents

The word “docent” is derived from the Latin word docere, meaning “to teach.” The term is used by many museums to describe the trained volunteers who provide educational services for museum visitors. Docents are enthusiastic people who facilitate art-viewing discussions with visitors.

Qualifications, Training, and Duties

Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center is always looking for friendly, outgoing people with excellent communication skills and an ability and desire to work with diverse audiences. All docents receive free training by museum staff, so an art background is not necessary.

The role of a docent is three-fold:

The educational role of the docent is the most important and challenging aspect of the job. A docent should help visitors attain a personal relationship with the art and enable them to include art in their own lives. In addition, a docent must be sensitive to visitors’ differences – learning style, cultural backgrounds, age level, and special needs. Today’s audience is as varied as the artwork on the wall and requires open-mindedness, flexibility, and respect.

Benefits of Becoming a Docent

Docents participate in satisfying experiences working with children, college students, and community members while they expand their understanding of art and are challenged by new ideas.

Whether you are a college student, retiree, or someone interested in giving back to the community, consider becoming a docent today!

Other volunteer opportunities include helping at workshops and MHAA sponsored community events.

Interested in Joining our Team?

Email us or submit the form below.