UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum



Community Docent Program

The U.Va. Art Museum's 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 10-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.

Fall 2014

Docent Training Course
September 9 – November 19, 2014
Wednesdays, 2 – 4 pm

Application deadline for fall 2014
August 18, 2014

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 2014, Community Docent Education meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 am on:

  • August 6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 3, 17
  • October 1, 15
  • November 5, 19

For information on Student Docent Education meetings, see >

Docent Council meetings

In fall of 2014, the Community Docent Council will meet on Wednesdays from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm on:

  • August 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19