UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum



Community Docent Program

Volunteer docents at The Fralin Museum of Art lead engaging and interactive tours for school groups and community organizations from across the central Virginia region. They also assist with the Museum's special programs, including the annual Writer's Eye competition, and the Eyes on Art program for individuals with Alzheimer's.

Community members who are accepted into the program are required to complete the Museum's 11-week Docent Training Course. Participants in the course develop observational skills and knowledge of the elements of art through investigation of the Museum's collections and current exhibitions, and learn public speaking skills and techniques for facilitating tours. New docents complete a qualifying tour at the end of the course and commit to leading tours at The Fralin for at least two years following its completion.

The Museum accepts applications on a rolling basis from community members who wish to become docents, and interviews are conducted prior to the beginning of each Docent Training Course. For information about future docent training opportunities, contact the Docent Coordinator at 434-243-2050 or email.

Fall 2015

Docent Training Course
September 1 – November 17
Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 pm or 3:30 – 5 pm

Application deadline for fall 2015
July 30, 2015

Apply to be a Docent at The Fralin >

Continuing education for community docents

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.

In fall 2015, Community Docent Education meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 am on:

  • August 5, 12, 19, 26
  • September 2, 16
  • October 21
  • November 18

For information on Student Docent Education meetings, see >

Docent Council meetings

All current docents are invited and encouraged to attend meetings of the Community Docent Council. In fall of 2015, the Council will meet on Wednesdays from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm on:

  • August 19
  • September 16
  • October 21
  • November 18