The Museum’s Volunteer Docent Program trains qualified volunteers to lead public tours and/or family programs for diverse audiences. Docents give introductions to, and facilitate discussions of, exhibitions and the architecture of 235 Bowery. Through a series of training sessions and tour observations, Museum docents learn a variety of techniques that encourage audiences to look at, analyze, and discuss artworks. Assessing the needs of each group, docents use a flexible approach that considers the backgrounds, interests, and abilities of all visitors who wish to explore contemporary art.
Candidates must have a working knowledge of twentieth-century art history and contemporary art (or have a background in studio art or art education). Applicants must have a genuine appreciation for all visitors and must be able to convey information in a clear, concise, and articulate manner. An ability to conduct tours in more than one language is a plus; Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese speakers are encouraged to apply. A commitment of one year is required.
Docents provide educational services for the New Museum Education Department and serve as ambassadors to the Museum.
Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
If you are interested in applying to be a Volunteer Docent, please email a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in teaching contemporary art and the experiences, training, and education that will help you facilitate dynamic tours.