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Volunteer Docents

Docent tours

Docents are dedicated volunteers who are passionate about art, learning, and community. They give tours and provide information about artwork on display to more than 9,000 Lincoln Public Schools students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, as well as to other student groups and members of the public.

Prior experience with teaching and art is not necessary, although it may be helpful. Artist talks, exhibition walk-throughs with curators, and interactive training all contribute to a docent’s preparation to guide visitors through the museum.

Each August and September, docents attend an intensive museum training course to learn about the museum’s collection and strategies for leading discussions on art. Training for spring exhibitions takes place in January. Monthly updates on museum exhibitions occur throughout the school year.

Between September and May, each docent is required to give at least two tours per month. Occasionally tours are requested at other times or during the summer. Sheldon docents may also be asked to help with other activities and events such as Sheldon’s Family Day.

Each docent pays an annual fee of $25 and is strongly encouraged to join the Sheldon Art Association. The annual fee helps fund training supplies, an annual recognition brunch, and some of the cost of professional development opportunities for docents. For those interested in attending docent training without giving tours, there is a $75 fee for participating as an auditor.

For more information about Sheldon's volunteer docent program or to apply, please contact Vivian Lin, assistant curator of education, at vlin@unl.edu or 402-472-2092. The application deadline for the academic year 2017–18 is August 1.

The information hub for current docents can be found here.