The Museum of Art - DeLand, Florida’s docents are a diverse group of trained volunteers who share a passion for art and the community. They are active, enthusiastic, imaginative and knowledgeable. Historically, a docent was a tour guide who talked while visitors listened. Today, docents do so much more than just talk. At the Museum of Art - DeLand, Florida docents help visitors of all ages discover the world of art by creating conversation-based tours centered around the art. They provide a vital link between what is displayed in the Museum and how visitors respond to what they see.
To qualify as a docent one must have an abiding interest in the visual arts, have good public speaking skills, work well with children and adults, and be flexible and dependable. Docent candidates participate in a comprehensive training course and are available for a specific number of volunteer hours per year.
The Museum of Art - DeLand, Florida provides a variety of educational and professional training opportunities for students in grades 10 - 12 and for undergraduate and graduate university and college students interested in a museum, education, art or marketing career.
A unique service-learning opportunity in a museum setting, not typically found in most academic settings, develop job skills that build a resume and networking opportunities to assist in a student's job search. Volunteer service hours are documented and can be submitted for school-based community service credits and/or course credit.
To apply to the Student Volunteer program, please submit a completed Student Volunteer Application. Volunteer applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Once approved, new volunteers may be required to attend an orientation session, which offers a general understanding of the Museum's history, operations, and programs. Volunteer hours are available on both a regular and on-call basis during weekdays and weekends all-year round. Volunteer assignments are based on the needs of the Museum and the applicant's interests and skills.