Hallie Ford Museum of Art Seeks Volunteer Docents

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is recruiting volunteers for its new fall docent class beginning Sept. 21. Using inquiry-based discussion and dialogue, docents guide visitors of all ages and backgrounds in an active exploration of works of art from a variety of time periods and cultures.

"While a background in art or art history is not required," said Education Curator Elizabeth Garrison, "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."

Training for new and active docents is on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from 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 Hallie Ford Museum of Art 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 Hallie Ford Museum of Art on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. To receive an information packet and application form in the mail, call the museum at (503) 370-6855. The application deadline is Sept. 4.

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 and two temporary exhibition spaces. Permanent galleries focus on European, Asian and American art, Native American baskets, historic and contemporary regional art, and European and American works on paper. Temporary exhibitions feature historical and contemporary art.

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art is located at 700 State St. (corner of State and Cottage streets) in downtown Salem near the campus of Willamette University. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The galleries are closed on Monday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and students. Children younger than 12 are admitted free, and Tuesday is an admission-free day. For more information, call (503) 370-6855 or visit