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Docents at the Mint

The Learning & Engagement department of The Mint Museum offers tours to area elementary and secondary school students as well as to other groups ranging from pre-school children to senior citizens.

Docent Program

Docents of The Mint Museum, the volunteer members of the Learning & Engagement department, lead tours and devote time and professional expertise to help visitors understand and enjoy works in the museum collections, the buildings and the special exhibitions. A thorough training program held in weekly sessions prepares new docents with teaching skills and helps develop their knowledge of aesthetics and the Mint's collection. Lectures by staff, curators and artists are supplemented by assigned reading, workshops, observation of tours, presentation of practice tours and continuing education meetings.

Mint Docents are known for their excellence. Their enthusiasm for art and their interest in visitors endow the museum with spirit and warmth. As Mint representatives, they are trained and evaluated by professional standards.

Register now for the 2016 Docent Class

If you have interest in joining the 2016 class, please contact Joel Smeltzer

Join us on 7/27/2016 for a free  OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE DOCENTS. .

To volunteer as a docent, download the brochure.

Art of Reading Tours

Art of Reading Tours at Mint Museum Randolph draw connections between art and literature. They offer an opportunity to discuss a designated book and to take a gallery tour of selected art pieces which help bring to life historic events, social customs, and lifestyles depicted in each work.

Tours for Book Clubs: on request

Tours for Individuals: quarterly public tours (see schedule below)

What Book Tour Choices are Available? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

These books are available for purchase at the Mint Museum shop where museum members receive a discount.

For Book Clubs: You Choose the Book and the Tour Length. A downloadable discussion guide for each book is available here.

● 60-Minute Tour: A short overview of the book is accompanied by a tour of selected art works.

● 90-Minute Tour: A full discussion of the book is accompanied by a tour of selected art works.

To Request a Book Club Tour: Contact Julie Olson Anna, julie.olsonanna@mintmuseum.org. Include: group name; primary contact’s name, email, mailing address and phone number. Also indicate tour length and provide three dates and time options. Request at least 30 days in advance.

For Individuals: 2017 Public Tours are scheduled for

Pride and Prejudice: Sunday June 11, Wednesday September 13, and Sunday November 5

The Invention of Wings: Wednesday, April 26, Wednesday, June 28, Sunday September 10, and Wednesday December 6

All Wednesday tours are 6-7:30 pm. All Sunday tours are 2-3:30 pm.

What to Expect on an Art of Reading Tour

● Docent-led tours at Mint Museum Randolph that stop at selected works of art based on connections between the featured book and works at the museum

● Excerpts from the book may be referenced during the discussion and/or tour, so be sure to bring your copy of the book.

Fees: Free for museum members; free with general admission for non-members.

Coming in 2018: A new tour based on Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna. Winner of the 2010 Orange Price, this novel takes us on an epic journey from the Mexico of artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. It is the poignant story of a man pulled between two nations as they invent their modern identities.

 

Docents

Docents are people who have:

  • the ability to communicate effectively with a group
  • an education background, or strong interest in art
  • a warm and friendly attitude