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Release Date: August 20, 2017

National Gallery of Art Seeks Docents for Group Tours

A Gallery docent leads a group tour in a discussion of Jean-Honoré Fragonard's "The Swing", c. 1775/1780, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection.

A Gallery docent leads a group tour in a discussion of Jean-Honoré Fragonard's The Swing, c. 1775/1780, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection.

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art is recruiting docents to conduct thought-provoking and engaging tours, in English and other languages, for thousands of adult visitors from around the world, providing rich and memorable experiences with works of art in the Gallery's collection.

New docents are expected to make a five-year commitment to the program, which includes two years of initial training, beginning in September 2018. The training program focuses on museum education and art history related to the permanent collection and incorporates workshops, in-gallery sessions, lectures, readings, and more. Docents become part of a community of learners and continue their education beyond the initial two-year training period, both formally and informally.

Those interested in applying to the program must attend an information meeting in fall 2017. To register for an information meeting, visit our Docents page starting on August 15. Information meetings run from October into December. Applications are due by December 31. For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page or email [email protected].

Applicants from all backgrounds and life experiences are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Information about the docent program and many other volunteer opportunities at the National Gallery of Art is available at

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Christina Brown, (202) 842-6598, [email protected]

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