Campus & Community

Museums are looking for a few good volunteers

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Art docents sought

The Harvard University Art Museums (HUAM) are seeking volunteers interested in public art education for the HUAM Docent Program. The Museum Docents are a group of approximately 34 volunteer guides who give tours of Harvard’s three art museums: the Fogg Art Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Approximately 10 prospective docents will be chosen to enter an eight-month training program conducted by the museums. The training program will begin Monday, Sept. 18, and will meet on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to noon. As part of the training, prospective docents will attend specially planned lectures, seminars, and gallery talks by Harvard curators and professors, and will make trips to local museums. Docents will also have noncredit access to Harvard courses in art history as well as access to the research facilities in the Art Museums. For a period of two years following the completion of the training, docents will be expected to give a minimum of two one-hour tours per week, and to attend semi-monthly orientation and scheduling meetings.

Applicants should have a strong interest in art, a desire to learn about Harvard’s collections, an ability to speak in front of an audience, and an ability to teach public and community groups of all ages and backgrounds.

For more information, or to apply to the program, please call Lynne Stanton, (617) 495-4402.

Art for kids

The VOYAGE Program of the HUAM is seeking volunteers to lead guided discussions and hands-on creative arts projects for Cambridge youth. VOYAGE (Voices Of Youth in Art and imaGEs) offers children aged 10 to 13 the opportunity to learn about art and be creative in a fun environment. Volunteers are needed for Saturday afternoons. No previous experience is necessary. For more information, call Corinne Zimmermann at (617) 495-4402.

Peabody Museum public relations

The Peabody Museum at Harvard University needs a volunteer to help with public relations activities for three mornings or afternoons a week. Duties will include mailings, telephoning and writing releases. For more information, call Monni Adams, at (617) 495-8789.