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  New Docent Training Class!

Prospective Docent Meeting: Monday, January 9, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

16-week Training Class: Mondays, February 6–May 22, 1:00–4:00 p.m. each day

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art seeks volunteer docents to lead guided tours of the Museum, its permanent collection, and special exhibitions. Although an arts education is not required, this opportunity may be for you if you have:  

a love of contemporary art

a creative spirit

 an ability to effectively communicate with groups of school children and adults

availability to lead tours at least twice a month (sometimes more).

an enthusiasm for learning and ability to convey ideas to others is absolutely essential

If interested, join us for an information gathering session, tour, and reception 5:30–6:30 p.m., Monday, January 9 in the Meeting Room. To make a reservation for this prospective docent orientation meeting and request an application, please contact Kristy Peterson at 816-457-6134 or kristy@kemperart.org. Select applicants for the docent program will be contacted for a brief personal interview January 16–31, prior to acceptance into the training class.

Docents selected for the program are required to complete an intensive 16-week training course. Meeting in the Kemper Museum meeting room, the class will provide new docents with an art historical overview of modern and contemporary art, information about tour techniques, and contemporary topics in art education. Each docent is supplied with a docent handbook and printed materials related to the Kemper Museum's permanent collection. In addition to attending and participating in the docent training class, prospective docent volunteers must follow at least three guided tours by a veteran Kemper docent, write a research paper pertinent to an artist from the Museum's permanent collection, and participate in monthly docent meetings and special events. Kemper Museum membership is also required. Prospective docents must commit to the program for at least one year following completion of training.