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People from all over the world visit the Honolulu Museum of Art, and we want to improve our ability to communicate with them. Do you love art and want to share your passion—in a language other than English? Then you might consider becoming a Honolulu Museum of Art docent. We have a talented corps of Japanese-speaking docents, and the demand for their services is on the rise—we need more. We’d also like to expand with speakers of Chinese, Korean, Spanish and other languages. (Pictured above is docent Sonoko Ota leading a group of Japanese visitors.)
Docents are dedicated volunteers who welcome museum guests and offer them tours of the museum’s 30 galleries and six courtyards. Docents usually serve one morning or afternoon per week. Successful applicants will attend an introductory training course, taught in English, to become familiar with Asian, Western, and Contemporary art history, specific works of art in the museum’s collection and specific techniques to encourage visitors to engage with the art.
Following the initial training, all docents are invited to participate in weekly continuing education opportunities that include curatorial lectures, workshops, and training session as well as social events with more than 185 other docents. Learning about art and sharing it with others through the docent program is an exceptional—and gratifying—educational opportunity.
The bilingual training course will be taught one afternoon a week for six weeks in late July and August 2014. Training for school tours will begin in January 2015.For more information about the docent program, click here, or contact Betsy Forrest Robb, Curator of Education, at 532-6075 or gro.muesumululonohnull@bborb.