Museum Seeks Volunteer Docents

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University is recruiting volunteers for a new, mid-year docent class beginning Jan. 26. Using inquiry-based discussion and dialogue, docents guide visitors of all ages and backgrounds in an active exploration of artwork from a variety of periods and cultures.

"While a background in art or art history is not required, we are looking for people who are able to speak in public, have a strong desire to learn, are flexible and dependable, have a commitment to the program, and can be accurate yet creative in the presentation of information," said Education Curator Elizabeth Garrison.

Training for new and active docents is ongoing on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., September through mid-May. Docents must attend weekly classes, complete occasional reading assignments and develop and present tours. In addition to becoming a member of the museum at the individual level or above, docents are asked to pay yearly dues of $15 per person.

Information packets and application forms may be picked up at the museum Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 5. To receive an information packet and application form by mail, call the museum at (503) 370-6855.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art was founded in 1998 to serve as an artistic, cultural and intellectual resource for Willamette University, the city of Salem, the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond. It includes four permanent galleries focusing on European, Asian and American art, Native American baskets, historic and contemporary regional art, and European and American works on paper, as well as two temporary exhibition spaces featuring historical and contemporary art.