Volunteer Docents at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum play an important role in leading museum tours and engaging families, adults and school audiences in hands-on art activities.
What are docents?
Docents at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum are trained volunteers who serve as guides and educators who engage visitors in an active discussion about works of art in the museum. The English word itself is derived from the Latin word docēre, to teach.
Who is eligible to become a docent?
Any adult who is interested in the Lyman Allyn, and has an enthusiasm for art, history and working with the public. Prior art, history and teaching experience are not required.
What do docents do?
Docents conduct tours of both the Museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions. Tours are prearranged through the Education Department and serve audiences of all ages and interests.
Docents receive extensive training in the history of the Lyman Allyn and its collections and learn how to work with a variety of audiences. Training sessions are held monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Click here to access the application for the program. Applications are accepted ongoing and kept on file. Applicants are then notified for scheduling of interviews.
A variety of tour opportunities exist within the docent program including school tours, general interest tours, tours of special exhibitions, museum special events and others.
For more information or to sign up for the training, please contact the Education Department at 860-443-2545 x110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.