The role of docents in the Museum is to facilitate the visitor's understanding and enjoyment of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. This is accomplished by using the Inquiry Method, a technique of investigating art through questions and dialogue. Docent-led, thematic-based tours develop a "big idea," enabling visitors to figure out what they are seeing by learning to "read" a work of art.
Docents often find that they learn just as much or even more than our visitors.
Every two years, the Museum seeks applicants for the Docent Candidate program from permanent, year-round South Florida residents. While it is advantageous for applicants to have attended Art History/Art Appreciation courses, it is not required.
Candidates must: participate in a six-month course of study, commit to one half day a week service after graduation, and attend all docent training sessions.
The training program includes: immersion in the Museum's collections, touring techniques, touring strategies, tour planning, and learning the logistics of guiding groups through exhibitions. Candidates practice presentations in the Museum galleries throughout the course of study.