The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is delighted to announce that thanks to a recent announcement, Canaccord Wealth Management will enhance the Gallery's Docent and School Guide program by funding new training for an increased number of volunteer docents. What is a docent you may ask?
According to Merriam-Webster's definition, the word "docent" comes from the Latin: docents, present participle of docēre (to teach). Currently defined as a person who leads guided tours, especially through a museum or art gallery.
Docents at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are divided in two groups. One group retains the name "Docents" and the other we call "Guides", only to differentiate their functions as much as both groups play a similar role. Docents and Guides interpret art, tour people through the Gallery, incite conversations, provide information, and represent the Gallery as ambassadors to our public and special groups.
Docents tour school groups and meet every Monday morning.
Guides provide daily public tours and meet on Monday afternoons to schedule their tours and receive training on touring techniques and special programs relevant to the Gallery's exhibitions.
At these meetings and as part of their training, Docents and Guides listen to guest speakers (artists, curators, historians, Gallery staff), conduct personal research and present on different topics, watch videos and movies linked to programming, and receive art workshops.
Docents and Guides are self-motivated, high-achieving individuals who love the Gallery, our public, and the arts. They are hard-working, passionate people who commit themselves to bringing art and the people together.
For more information contact:
Assistant Curator of Education
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
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