Docent Program

Pictured: docent training in the Robert and Colette Mettlach Gallery (L), a docent leads a school group through the museum (R).

AMOCA’s Docent Program

Docents are trained volunteers who give educational exhibition tours to school children, clubs, or special interest groups. AMOCA is recruiting individuals who are eager to work with people, who are community-minded, and who are interested in the benefits of life-long learning. You can make a world of a difference in meeting our mission, and get a sense of satisfaction from knowing you are doing something worthwhile for someone else.

What is a Docent?

A Docent is a trained educator who volunteers their time and expertise. The term comes from the Latin word docere which means “to teach.” Few things are more satisfying than knowing you have helped a visitor to learn and grow. If you enjoy sharing your time and knowledge with visitors, maybe becoming an AMOCA Docent is right for you!

What are some of the things Docents do?

  • Inspire visitors to explore and discover the wonders of ceramic art
  • Experience the excitement of watching a student’s face as they begin to understand new things
  • Know that you have made a big difference in the way visitors learn at AMOCA

What are some of the other great things about volunteering as a Docent?

  • Discounts on classes and workshops
  • Educational opportunities and social activities
  • Interaction with curators, researchers, etc.
  • Exciting field trips to other museums and cultural institutions
  • Recognition for outstanding service
  • Making new friends!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need previous experience as an educator? No, docents come from many different backgrounds and career fields. The main requirements are good communication skills, enthusiasm for working with visitors, a curious mind, a willingness to learn, and the enthusiasm for ceramic art.

Does AMOCA provide training for docents? Yes! You’ll shadow an experienced docent and learn from our education staff until you’re ready to lead a tour on your own.

Can I volunteer in other ways? Yes, there are many volunteer opportunities at AMOCA, especially when the Museum holds special programs and weekend events. Let us know your interests when you fill out the docent/volunteer application.

Apply Here

If you have questions, email our Education Manager at or call (909) 865-3146. We’ll be happy to help.

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