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.

After their initial training period, docents receive ongoing education from education staff, curators, and guest speakers on special exhibitions and the permanent collection. As a group, docents occasionally take field trips to other museums. Some docents also attend regional and national docent education conferences.

The fall 2014 Docent Training Course will be held on Wednesdays from 2–4 pm, September 9 – November 19. The application deadline is August 18, 2014,
at 5 pm. Interested community members are encouraged to apply.

Apply to be a Docent at The Fralin >

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 >