UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum



Community Docent Program

The U.Va. Art Museum's volunteer docents give engaging and interactive tours to 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.

Spring 2014

Docent Training Course
January 22 – April 18, 2014
Fridays, 9 am – 12 pm

Application deadline for Spring 2014
January 19, 2014

Application for Docent Training Course (pdf) >

Continuing education for community docents

After their initial training period, docents receive on-going education from curators, guest speakers, and education staff 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 2013, Community Docent Education meetings will be held on Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 am on.

  • January 8, 22
  • February 5, 19
  • March 5, 19
  • April 2, 16
  • May 5 | Writer's Eye Selections & Community Docent Luncheon

For information on Student Docent Education meetings, see >

Docent Council meetings

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

  • January 22
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16