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  • Docents Needed for the St. George Art Museum
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    Published - 12/02/13 - 02:58 PM | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
     St. George Art Museum
    St. George Art Museum
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    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - As part of its mission to educate visitors through quality exhibitions, the St. George Art Museum hosts field trips for over 3,000 grade school children every year. Beginning in September, fifth graders from Washington County schools visit the Art Museum with their teachers and chaperones. The two part tour consists of a presentation by a local artist and a docent guided tour of the exhibits on display in the Museum. In January, when school reopens after the holidays, fourth graders enjoy a similar tour of the exhibits. Instead of “Meet the Artist” these students are treated to an abridged version of the popular Historic St. George Live tour.

    Vital to this program are the docents of the St. George Art Museum. They are people of all ages, from all walks of life: former teachers, retired businessmen, moms, and students, just to name a few. Docents need to be dependable, willing to do some studying and able to commit to at least 2 tours a month. An enjoyment of art and an interest in inspiring children are all it takes to be successful. Docents are always needed and most find it to be a truly enjoyable and rewarding experience.

    The docent staff prepares for the school tours with an orientation at the beginning of each new exhibit. Exhibiting artists are often on hand to discuss their exhibit and Museum Manager Deborah Reeder provides the basic knowledge they will need to guide the children’s enjoyment and appreciation. The “inquiry based method” to guiding tours is explained and they are advised to select pieces in advance to focus on through the tour. Many times docents also get together in small groups to share ideas and questions that will capture student interest and get them involved.

    If you would like to become a docent, please stop by the St. George Art Museum, Monday - Saturday, 10 – 5 and fill out an application. You can also visit our website at www.sgartmuseum.org and click on Get Involved – Volunteer to submit your application. If you have questions about the docent program please call 435-627-4525.

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