Docent Information

Education: Docent Information

Become a Sheldon Docent!

Who can apply to be a docent?

Docents are dedicated volunteer staff who are passionate about art, learning, and Sheldon. They give tours and provide information about artwork on display to over 8,000 Lincoln Public School 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students as well as members of the public. Prior experience with teaching and art are not necessary although they can be helpful.

What are the benefits of being a docent?

New docents join a dedicated group of over 60 civic-minded volunteers who love sharing their knowledge of art with diverse audiences. Artist talks, exhibition walk-throughs with curators, and continuing education in the form of docent training all contribute to making the program at Sheldon an interactive, fun way to stay engaged with the Lincoln arts community.

What is the time commitment?

Each August and September, docents attend an intensive museum training course to learn about 20th-century American art and tour giving strategies. Training occurs on Monday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon through September 19 (Labor Day excluded). Ongoing monthly trainings on changing museum exhibitions also occur throughout the school year.

Between September and May, docents are required to give one morning tour every week or two school tours every other week. Occasionally tours are requested at other times and during the summer.

Sheldon docents also help with many other activities and events. For example, they may be stationed in our galleries during special events such as Jazz in June or Slow Art Day. We also offer a Winter Study Series in which docents engage in meaningful book discussions with their peers.

How do I apply?

To learn more about becoming a docent, please contact 402-472-4524 or skennedy3@unl.edu. The application deadline is August 5.

Docents pay an annual fee of $25. This cost goes towards training supplies and the annual recognition brunch, and also helps cover the cost of professional development opportunities for docents.

If you are interested in attending docent training but do not wish to give tours, there is a $75 fee.

Download the docent application.