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      Call for Docents Spring 2019 in Rockville

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      February 1, 2019 - May 26, 2019


      150 Gibbs Street
      Rockville, Maryland 20850

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      Call for Docents Spring 2019

      For Spring 2019, VisArts is seeking volunteer docents to lead tours and have casual conversations about the artwork in the galleries. Contemporary art can be challenging, and our goal for the VisArts docent program is to help visitors understand and engage with the artwork on view. Docents will gain skills in public speaking, audience engagement, researching artwork, and interpreting and analyzing contemporary art. After being trained, docents will have the opportunity to apply museum and art education strategies to facilitate learning in the galleries. Other benefits include opportunities to earn credit toward art classes at VisArts, meet gallery staff, and gain behind-the-scenes access to the galleries.

      VisArts is a non-profit organization with the mission of transforming individuals through the visual arts. VisArts has seven artist studios, four art galleries, and additional art spaces and programs dedicated to contemporary art. Our exhibitions rotate every 6-8 weeks and are frequently reviewed in the Washington Post! Enjoy quality art without having to go to Washington, DC!

      We are located in Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD, a short walk from the Rockville Metro Station on the Red Line.The galleries are open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and on Fridays from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This opportunity is open to all adults, ages 18+.

      Application Deadline: We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.

      Docent responsibilities include:

      Volunteering for at least one two-hour shift per week
      Attending three training sessions on three Saturdays or Sundays from 11 AM - 1 PM.
      Attending five monthly meetings between January and May
      Leading tours of the galleries and artist studio spaces
      Engaging in casual conversations with visitors in the galleries about the artwork on view
      Monitoring the galleries
      Independently researching the rotating exhibitions and studio artists


      Able to commit to at least one shift per week
      Must be mature, reliable, responsible, friendly, personable and punctual
      Good communication skills
      Comfortable speaking in front of an audience
      Prior experience with art and art history
      If you do not have an art background, prior experience in public speaking
      Familiarity with or a willingness to learn about contemporary art

      Important Notes:

      January 16 - May 26: Duration of the session
      Monthly Meetings will be based on majority docent availability
      Upon receipt of applications, only those applicants that will be interviewed will be contacted. If accepted, new docents will communicate with the Docent Coordinator to schedule training dates.
      To be considered, applicants will need to fill out an application form (to see the application form, please create a Submittable account below), and provide a resume, a cover letter explaining why this opportunity interests you and how you meet the requirements, and contact information for two professional references, each to be submitted with the form.

      We are open to making this position available for course credit or into an internship. Please email us at the address below.

      For questions, e-mail

      Cost: Payment required - 15.00

      Categories: Education | Art Galleries & Exhibits | Neighborhood

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