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Teen Docents give tours to elementary school children to help them learn how to look at and talk about art. The program is open to students enrolled in a Coachella Valley high school during the school year.

Participants come to the museum for three weeks in August to learn art history, public speaking, tour development and how to have fun at the museum.

Training helps them prepare questions, learn how to think on their feet in front of an audience and accept and encourage multiple interpretations of a work of art. In September teens come once a week to practice and tour from October to mid-December. 

In addition, participants who complete the program receive school credit, a small gift of appreciation and a one-year membership to the museum.

Funding is provided by the Jeanette C. McIntyre and Frederick (Lash) McIntyre Charitable Foundation Trust with additional funding from the Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation.

What?

A docent is a guide who takes people through the museum and helps them learn more about the artwork on display. As a Teen Docent, you would give tours to elementary school children and guide them to interpret works of art and be more comfortable at the museum. 

If accepted, you will attend museum training for three weeks in July and August to learn art history, public speaking, the interpretation of artworks, and how to create joyful learning at the museum. Training helps you prepare questions, learn how to think on your feet in front of an audience, and encourage multiple interpretations of a work of art. In September you will come once a week to practice and tour from October to December with an opportunity to extend into Spring.

Touring:

Tours take place on Tuesday or Thursday mornings from 9-11 a.m. You will get the chance to work with children and schools from throughout the Coachella Valley.

Who?

Available to students currently enrolled at a high school in the Coachella Valley. You must be mature, enjoy working with the public, have excellent people skills, and a willingness to work as a member of a team. Bilingual, Spanish speaking is encouraged.
If you are selected to be a Teen Docent, we will teach you everything you need to know! No previous knowledge of art or art history is required.

When and Where?

You must be available three weeks in the summer to come to Palm Springs Art Museum for training.

Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

July 16–19 2019 | July 23–26, 2019 | July 30 - August 2, 2019

Additional participation in meetings and other scheduled events may be required. Bus passes will be provided to students who need transportation to the museum for both summer training and weekly tours.

Why?

Participate in valuable and enjoyable learning opportunities in the museum setting and benefit from work experiences applicable to your future personal and professional goals.

What's in it for you?

As a Teen Docent you will:

  • receive class credit in conjunction with your school district
  • receive a $100 gift card upon successful completion of the program
  • receive a one-year dual membership to the museum ($95 value)
  • develop leadership and public speaking skills
  • earn a certificate of merit upon successful completion of the program
  • have great job experience and community service hours for college applications
  • engage with museum professionals across various departments

Teen Docent Application

We are looking for high school students who will be a sophomore in high school during the 2017-2018 school year, have a commitment and interest in learning about the arts, are self-motivated and work well as part of a team, are interested in developing leadership skills and mentoring young students. Does this sound like you?