UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum



Community Docent Program

The Fralin volunteer docents lead engaging and interactive tours for a variety of 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, learn public speaking skills and techniques for facilitating tours, and complete a qualifying tour at the end of the course. Applications are reviewed by the Museum's docent coordinator.

Spring 2015

Docent Training Course
January 23 – April 17, 2015
Fridays, 9 – 10:30 am or 10:30am – 12 pm

Application deadline for spring 2015
January 9, 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 spring 2015, Community Docent Education meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 am on:

  • January 14, 21, 28
  • February 4, 18
  • March 4, 18
  • April 15

For information on Student Docent Education meetings, see >

Docent Council meetings

In spring of 2015, the Community Docent Council will meet on Wednesdays from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm on:

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 15