UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum


Community programs

Community Docents

The Fralin community docents are trained in a variety of museum education techniques, including the inquiry method. After completion of the required Docent Training Course, they lead tours for school groups and community organizations, and assist with the annual Writer's Eye competition.

As a group, docents occasionally take field trips to other museums, and attend both regional and national museum education conferences.

The spring 2014 Docent Training Course will be held on Fridays from 9–12 am with additional bi-weekly education meetings, January 24 – April 18. The application deadline is January 19, 2014, at 5 pm. Interested community members are encouraged to apply.

Application for Docent Training Course (pdf) >

Eyes on Art

Designed in partnership with the Arts Fusion Program of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, this innovative program uses art to engage people with Alzheimer's in meaningful discussions. Specially trained docents lead individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers on small group tours when the Museum is closed to the public.

To schedule a visit, contact Sharon Hughes by email > or by phone at 434.973.6122, ext. 123

VIA tour program

Students from the Virginia Institute on Autism (VIA) are invited to experience the Museum through private tours. Each visit is facilitated by both a Museum docent and a VIA teacher, who tailor the tour to meet the student's individual learning goals.

For more information about any of these programs, please contact the education department at 434.243.2050 or email >