Fall 2015 Docent Training Class
Krannert Art Museum (KAM) volunteer docents lead tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions to pre K-12 student and adult groups. They receive training on art history and teaching techniques.
Candidates must have a strong interest in learning about art and enjoy interacting with groups of all ages. Knowledge of art and teaching experience is helpful, but not required. Fluency in Spanish is a plus. Must have time available during weekdays to give tours.
Training and Time Commitment
Training will begin in Fall 2015. Docents will attend eight training sessions each semester, which are scheduled on Mondays from 9:30–11:00 am. Sessions cover the museum’s collections, art history, and teaching techniques to engage audiences of all ages.
Docents will begin leading tours in January 2016. Docents are expected to make a two-year commitment, give a minimum of five tours per year, and attend all training sessions (and make-up missed sessions).
Admission to the Program
To apply to the Docent Program, please email a one-page letter of interest to Director of Education, Anne Sautman [asautman(at)illinois.edu] or use the "contact" button at the bottom of the page. Your letter of interest should explain why you would like to be a KAM docent as well as your interest in art, experience teaching and public speaking, and other related skills or experience. An interview and background check will be required.
Application deadline is June 15, 2015.
Please note: This position is security sensitive. Eligibility is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The University ensures that all background checks are held in compliance with all federal and state statutes, and campus policy. Information attained from background check will be kept strictly confidential. Docents will have the right to request a copy of the report the University receives.
Museums in Action: Engaging the Community (ARTE 260)
Signing up for this course is the best way for University students to get involved with Krannert Art Museum. Students in this course learn the educational theories of museum education and put them into practice in the following course projects:
- Kids@Krannert – Plan and staff two interactive family festivals
- School Tours and Art-to-Go – Share your love of art with school children
- Museum Video – Make the museum come to life
This course is open to all students and is offered every semester. After taking this course, many students continue their involvement with Krannert Art Museum.
This event is an engaging family festival offered on two Saturday mornings a semester, and Krannert Art Museum needs lots of volunteers to run this event. If you like to work with children and make art, become a Kids@Krannert volunteer!